UK: Stagecoach Performing Arts brought the year to a stylish close on Sunday 2nd December 2018, at their annual black-tie Charity Gala and the first ever Creative Courage for Life Awards. Over 500 parents and former alumni celebrated the achievements of the students and their teachers, at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End.
Stagecoach Performing Arts launched in the UK in 1988. Today, a network of more than 300 franchisees operate over 700 schools offering 1,780 classes in nine countries. More than one million students have passed through the doors of the worldwide franchise.
“We do a great job of recognising our franchise network and their achievements, at regular meetings and our annual franchise conference, but this is about recognising the outstanding achievements of our students and teachers,” explained Tarquin. “The Creative Courage for Life Awards applaud the diversity and confidence of our students. Our two headline awards, ‘Overcoming Diversity’ and ‘Creative Courage for Life’, are earmarked for those who have made a direct impact on their peers and have conquered obstacles to achieve their goals. At Stagecoach, we’re much more about instilling that sense of growth and confidence, as opposed to just nurturing the next generation of performance talent, which is why these two awards are so important.”
“The gala, which was in aid of our charity of choice, Young Minds, has always been the highlight of our events calendar,” said Sarah Kelly, CEO of Stagecoach Performing Arts. “It’s a great opportunity for the office team, our franchisees and students to come together and congratulate each other on their mutual achievements. We celebrated our 30th anniversary this year and, with the addition of the Creative Courage for Life awards, the evening felt extra special. Thank you to all who came along and to all the students for putting on an incredible show.”