Itchen Wins Rock Challenge Heat

Visual & Performing Arts

Congratulations are in order for our Performing Arts students as they won their heat in the Southampton Rock Challenge on Monday 13 February at Southampton Guildhall.

Our students performed alongside other schools and colleges from across the Southampton area in the first of six heats in the city, beating a school from Le Havre, France, and Wyvern College to take first place for the first time. 

Itchen's piece was entitled 'Stop the Violence' and explored the events surrounding The Lincoln County High School Shooting in Tennessee, 1998. It was soley created by second year Dance students Charlie Randall and Kyron Hamilton. 

As well as placing  first, Itchen also received Awards for Excellence in Choreography, performance skill, soundtrack, concept, entertainment, stage crew and drama. The eight other schools competing also voted for Itchen to receive the Performers Choice Award. 

Responses from Itchen students, parents and members of the community have been fantastic, with our students' performance being described as: "captivating, emotional and gripping from the start, the level of dance and acting was immense" and as "amazing choreography and performance". 

The group are now going through to the Southern finals which are taking place on Friday 28 April at Portsmouth Guildhall.