School Perspective: Hampton Academy on their talk from Moira Sinclair

26 November 2014

Hampton Academy sent their report on Moira Sinclair’s visit to their school to us and we want to share that with you here:

Moira Sinclair, member of the Executive Board for Arts Council EnglandMoira Sinclair who is a member of the Executive Board for Arts Council England visited Hampton Academy. As Executive Director for London and South East she is responsible for the support and development of the arts, overseeing a portfolio of 322 regularly funded organisations, which includes many of the national companies such as the Royal Opera House and the National Theatre, significant regional companies such as Brighton Dome and Aldeburgh. Moira was Director of Vital Arts, an award winning arts and health organisation.

Moira Sinclair talking to students at Hampton AcademyMoira initially met with Dr Demont and other staff members to learn about our Academy in addition to being given a tour by Performing Arts students – especially around the Theatre and Dance & Music Studios – Moira was really impressed with our facilities. Moira delivered an inspirational speech to over 100 Performing Arts students, where she spoke about her career journey in Performing Arts and the challenges she faced in becoming successful. Her key messages to succeed in the highly competitive performing arts Industry were for the students to be driven and ambitious and do not give up on their dream despite setbacks, but to also take part in extra activities and develop skills in various opportunities which would make them stand out from the crowd and shows your determination to succeed. As a result of her talk more students want to get involved within careers in the performing arts. George Dietrich and Victoria Robinson performed a wonderful piece of choreography that showed excellent technique. Moira suggested students explored these websites: