Nick Rampley, the College’s Vice Principal and Director of the College’s upcoming arts festival, writes:
“At the end of June, Morley will launch its 2018 Festival of the Arts and Culture. 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of Morley’s first Arts Festival, as well as the centenary of the first performance of The Planets, Gustav Holst’s famous orchestral work that was written while he was our Director of Music. In keeping with this anniversary, our Festival theme for 2018 will be ‘The Planets’, providing a unifying core through its rich mix of talks, exhibitions, concerts, films and other events.
“A specially commissioned arrangement of The Planets will kick off the Festival, and highlights over the next 18 days include an evening of poetry hosted by renowned poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist and designer Inua Ellams; a specially commissioned installation by Turner Prize winning artist Elisabeth Price; and a Festival Penny Lecture. A gala performance with the London Schools Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by and interspersed with displays of Morley’s art, dance, spoken word and drama, will close the Festival on 14th July, hopefully at the South Bank Centre.
“What can you do to play your part? We hope as many students as possible will take part in events which feature in the Festival so please make them aware of what is in store and encourage them to participate. For the graphically minded, a competition is being held to design a festival logo and identity – further details available here. On 27 November we will launch a competition to design our inaugural courtyard sculpture, which will be unveiled on the “5th plinth” at the Festival – more information is available here. And on 30 November we’ll launch our Festival Poetry Competition – full details and a submission form are available here. Alternatively, we always welcome extra help behind the scenes at our events – student volunteers should get in touch with our Events Officer Steph Rampley and let her know what they might be interested in.
“But if nothing else, come along and support the events yourself – there will be so much to enjoy and be entertained by – and bring along friends and family and show them the fruits of ‘learning for life’.”