The Sir Paul and Lady Ruddock Performing Arts Centre
The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre is a collaborative project between King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls designed to support our high quality performing arts provision. The centre comprises a concert hall with a seating capacity of up to 400, a drama studio seating 120 and a dance studio. The centre is the most significant new building on the Edgbaston site since the two schools moved here in 1936.
The centre was designed by Haworth Tompkins Architects and completed by Shaylor Group under a design and build contract.
The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre was officially opened on Friday 27th April 2012 by Sir Paul Ruddock, a major benefactor of the project and the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education.
King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls are renowned for the high quality of their collaborative activities in music, drama, and dance that take place throughout the school year. Pupils participate in a wide range of concerts from lunchtime and evening recitals to the immensely popular Christmas and summer concerts that feature the vast array of the schools’ performing groups.
Pupils engage with works from the Baroque period to the present day as reflected in recent concert programmes which included Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Octet, Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet, and Mozart’s Vesperae de Confessore and Requiem.
The drama departments stage a Junior and Senior production each year and offer pupils opportunities to get involved in all aspects from acting and singing to scriptwrting, directing, technical and production jobs. Recent productions include Les Misérables, Skellig, Hairspray, Honk and Great Expectations.
The KEHS Dance Workshop runs a production every year in the Spring term involving all year groups. The production draws on dance specialist staff, visiting choreographers and sixth form pupils. Each year the Dance Workshop committee decides on a theme for the production; these have ranged from the Seven Deadly Sins to Time, Science and Technology.