Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School


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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Girls
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 0 (Boys) 601 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 4 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1888

General Information

The best education for life.


Merchant Taylors’ Girls School also includes Stanfield Mixed Infants and Junior Girls’ School which is located less than a mile down the road, and enjoys close links with Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ Schools which are also very close by.

The school is well resourced and has excellent facilities for Sport, Art and Drama. On the Boys’ School site is a brand new sports centre with climbing wall, fitness suite, sports hall and dance studio for shared usage. There is also a heated indoor swimming pool, grass pitches and a share in Northern Club’s facilities. The main campus has a gymnasium, tennis courts, a sports hall, a fitness suite, a drama workshop, two art studios (complete with a 19th century Parisian printing press) and a new Sixth Form Centre. Facilities are available for lacrosse, badminton and basketball.

The school recently had ‘The Vitreum’ built; a new gallery space which hosts our own exhibitions of GCSE and A Level projects along with artwork from visiting artists. There is strong music department which runs a school orchestra, a variety of ensembles and choirs and provides the pupils with the opportunity to attend regular music tours abroad.

Extra-curricular activities include the Combined Cadet Force (with Army, RAF and Navy divisions), the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, rowing and sailing club, joint musical and dramatic productions with the Boys’ School and a fantastic variety of sport. Teachers at the school are dedicated to nurturing the individual strengths and talents of each student.

Entrance Requirements

Our own entrance examination.


School assisted places are available by both merit and means.

Open Days

2020. All visits are welcome. For details please contact our Admissions Team on: 0151 949 9366 or


2019/2020. Seniors: £3,911 per term / £11,733 per annum. Juniors: £2,924 per term / £8,772 per annum. Infants £2,837 per term / £8,511 per annum.


ISI Inspection 2016

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs L Robinson

Contact for enquiries: Mrs S Barrington, Admissions Officer

Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School
Liverpool Road
L23 5SP

[t]: 0151 924 3140
[f]: 0151 932 1461

Location Description

On the A565, close to the M57 & M58 interchange and within easy reach of M6.

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School News

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On Wednesday 12th June, our Year 12 Biology students were invited to the University of Liverpool School of Life Sciences to take part in a

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practical. They spent the day in the laboratory learning how to use a range of specialist equipment including micropipettes, rocking platforms and protein gel electrophoresis.

The girls worked hard to separate the proteins found in the muscles of fish, in order to build a phylogenetic tree to show the evolutionary relationships between the various species. The girls worked well, in groups, using a range of equipment and techniques, that were new to them. Well done, girls!

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Two former Merchant Taylors’ students, Dr Libby Wilson and Dr Nikhil Misra, gave a talk on careers in medicine to Year 11 and Lower Sixth

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boys and girls. Dr Wilson is an Emergency Medicine Consultant at Aintree Hospital and Dr Misra is a Consultant General and Trauma Surgeon.

They both delivered an informative and interactive presentation, answering questions about their respective careers. Dr Wilson and Dr Misra gave students a glimpse of what they could expect if they decided to embark upon a career in medicine, and how they ended up in their chosen fields. Students were also informed of the many different career paths they could take if they opted to study Medicine, including research, working abroad or even serving in the armed forces.

We look forward to seeing Dr Misra again in the summer term, when he will deliver a session on treating a trauma wound.

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Earlier in the year, Lower Sixth physicists entered the national XMaS Competition, run by the University of Warwick. This involved producing a piece of work

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on Rosalind Franklin, detailing in particular, her contribution to the advancement of women in science.

The Physics Department are delighted to announce that three of our students, Charlotte Hulme, Milla Kops and Khaira Ashcroft are winners! This means they will be treated to an all-expenses paid four day trip, to the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble in July.

Congratulations girls!

Merchant Taylors' Girls' School Merseyside

The start of the Summer Term has seen the exciting arrival of Claire Tao, the new Headmistress at Merchant Taylors’ Senior Girls’ School.

Prior to her

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new role, Claire worked as a deputy head at the City of London School for Girls, one of the top ten performing schools in the country for both A-levels and GCSE’s.

She started her career in investment banking in 1993 and holds an MSc in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics. She worked as an assistant director of HR for NatWest Markets up until 1997 and then Citibank. In 2003, after having her children, she retrained as a Biology teacher completing her PGCE qualification at Roehampton University.

Claire has 13 years extensive experience across a wide range of roles within independent schools, beginning at Old Palace of John Whitgift School in Croydon and then Dulwich College Preparatory School before joining the City of London School for Girls in 2007.

Talking about her appointment, Claire said: “It is a real honour to be joining the Merchant Taylors’ family of schools and to be taking the reins at such an exciting time.

It is a hugely successful school with a rich cultural heritage and I’m looking forward to working with the pupils, staff and parents to further build on its outstanding academic and pastoral achievements.”

Asked if she had any changes planned at Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School, Claire said: “I think most people will expect my focus to be on results, but it goes beyond this. I will be looking to strengthen the school’s curricula and create a collaborative and equitable learning culture that will enable our girls and staff to perform to the best of their ability.

I will also ensure that we continue to raise confident, independent women who have a passion for life-long learning, recognise the importance of being part of a team and play a valuable role in community life.”

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We were delighted to welcome Old Boy, Brigadier Matthew Lowe MBE to return to School as the Inspecting and Review Officer of the Combined Cadet

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Force for Inspection Day this year. After leaving in 1981 and following a career in the Army he has successfully achieved a Rank of Brigadier in the Parachute Regiment and has held outstanding appointments all over the world.

Brigadier Matthew Lowe was commissioned into The Parachute Regiment in 1984. He has served in all continents less Antarctica and has been deployed on operations to Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. He has been: an exchange officer in Australia; an instructor at Sandhurst and the Joint Services Staff College; the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment; and the Deputy Commander of London District during the Olympics. He is currently responsible for controlling the Army Cadet Force and the Combined Cadet Force. In his spare time he is a trustee of the Parachute Regiment Charity, a rugby referee, and an enthusiastic user of good quality chainsaws.

The Brigadier was welcomed back to the School by Mr Cook, Mrs Robinson and Contingent Commander Colonel Mike Slemen, then introduced to a large gathering of N W Military who were supporting the special event.

There was a Lunch for all the guests and on completion the programme commenced with the Brigadier inspecting a Guard of Honour. Three Senior Tri Service Cadets then escorted the Brigadier round the various stands before the 260 cadets formed up and marched on for the Final Parade. A large gathering of guests and parents also enjoyed touring the activities.

Following the Final Parade the Brigadier presented awards to cadets including prestigious Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards and a Memorial Trophy was presented to the Outstanding Cadet Recruit, Tom Dixon.

The Brigadier finally expressed a “Thank You” for being invited back and he praised all involved including Officers and proud parents and then wished the Cadets every success in the future. Brigadier MP Lowe then received ‘Three Cheers’ to complete the successful Inspection.

In the evening the Brigadier was the Guest at the Dining Out Night, as many of the Senior Cadets now go on to Universities. At the Dinner it was announced that the Best Cadet of the Year was Regimental Sergeant Major Jacob Foster and he was presented with a Trophy. He was then given the task of presenting an engraved Tankard to the Brigadier to remind him of his day back at his Old School.

Brigadier MP Lowe added:

“I was delighted to return to Merchant Taylors’ as the CCF Inspecting Officer on 5 May 2017. Lt Col Mike Slemen, my erstwhile rugby coach, had organised a brilliant day: lunch with both Heads, Contingent Officers and supporting staffs; a Guard of Honour; a range of activity stands; a section attack demonstration; a parade with awards; and a dining out for the senior cadets in the library-all executed with great panache and style, and widely supported by families.

Cadet Forces are my job and I’m delighted to report that Merchant Taylors’ is one of the very best. Having Altcar Camp for shooting, RAF Woodvale for flying, and sailing water nearby helps enormously, but it’s the quality of the leadership opportunities that the schools’ CCF officers devise that really makes the difference. I was very impressed by the style and confident manner of many of the cadets I met, with the three Section heads and the NCO instructing on medical techniques being especially inspirational young people.

CCFs aren’t just about recruiting for Defence. They are about preparing young people to assume leadership positions in all aspects of national, and increasingly international, life. Academic achievement is highly desirable but it isn’t everything. Universities and employers want young people who can recognise a context, understand the goal, assess the resources available, make a plan, allocate tasks and inspire others.

I finish with a very personal thank you to Mike Slemen, his Contingent Officers and the three Section senior cadets for a wonderful day. I had a happy foray down memory lane, but much more importantly saw the next generation of our national leaders, and the future is bright!”

Merchant Taylors' Girls' independent school Merseyside

This year’s outstanding A Level results once again reinforce Merchant Taylors’ Schools’ position at the top of the local league tables.  With a pass rate

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of 100% at the Girls’ School and 99.9% at the Boys’ School, over two thirds of all exams were achieved at the highest grades. Many students have gained their first choice University course to study a diverse range of subjects from Medicine, Law and Physics to Engineering, Mathematics and Classics.   All three Oxbridge offer students have had their places confirmed. Jessy Li and Leon Reason are both going to Cambridge; Jessy to study Engineering and Leon to study History. Shenghao Zhou is going to Oxford to read Mathematics.

Merchant Taylors’ is committed to providing scholarships and two students, Andrew Park and Samantha Jones, have benefited this year from fully assisted places, co-funded by the School and the Ogden Trust.  Andrew, who plays basketball for Wales, has achieved all A*/A grades and will study Medicine at Newcastle.  Samantha has opted for a different path and will be taking up her award of a three year Aerospace Engineering Apprenticeship with BAE Systems.

Today’s results are particularly notable as they are the first of the new linear A Level system introduced by the Government in 2015, designed to make exams more challenging.  With this added pressure, Merchants’ recognise the importance of strong pastoral support, an area in which it was rated as ‘Outstanding’ in the recent Independent Schools’ Inspectorate Inspections.

All this success comes in a year of numerous extra-curricular achievements in sport, music and drama.  The schools also reached two national finals with the Girls’ athletics team and the Boys’ cricket team.

Headmistress of the Girls’ School, Mrs Louise Robinson, praised the girls for their achievements, she said ‘I am delighted that the hard work and perseverance, supported by the excellent specialist academic staff, have been rewarded by fantastic results.’ Mr Deiniol Williams, in his role as Headmaster of the Boys’ School said ‘I am very proud of what our boys have achieved over the last two years – they deserve every success. Today’s results are just reward for the efforts which have been applied by students to their academic studies. Of course, none of this could have been achieved without the dedication of our subject-specialist teachers and the support of our parents.’

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Merchant Taylors’ are delighted with this year’s successful students who have recently received offers to study at Oxford or Cambridge University from September 2017.

Leon Reason,

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a student from Aintree has been offered a place to read History at Fitzwilliam College Cambridge.  A keen student of History, English Language and Government and Politics, and after a rigorous interview process, Leon has secured his place at the university of his choice against fierce opposition.  Leon is a curious and very hard working student with a passion and love of reading.  In addition to Leon, Jack Zhou has been offered a place to read Mathematics at Queens College Oxford.  Maths is one of the most competitive courses at university; Jack’s natural intelligence, ability and determination have shone through, throughout his time at the school and he thoroughly deserves this offer to study at one of the world’s top centres of learning.  Jack is also part of a four man team at the Boys’ School, who have won through to the national finals of the UK Maths Challenge Competition, later in the spring, where they will compete against the best 32 schools in the country.     Merchant Taylors’ is particularly strong in the sciences and Maths; this is the third offer to a student at MTBS, to study Maths at Oxford, in the past three years.

Not to be outdone by the boys, Jessy Li from Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School has been offered a place at Cambridge to read aerospace engineering.  Jessy is studying Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics.  She visited Leicester Space centre with the School and designed and launched a rocket! She has also attended the Institute of Physics lectures and the X-ray Mass Spectrometer Gala (XMaS) organised by Liverpool University to engage young women in STEM based subjects.  Jessy won a Gold award in the National Senior Maths Challenge and Merit in the Kangaroo stage of the competition as well as the Liverpool Physics Olympics. A highly motivated student, Jessy already has a grade A in her Chinese A level and is on track for a string of A* grades.

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Congratulations to Upper Sixth student Samantha Jones who has been awarded a three year Aerospace Engineering Apprenticeship with BAE Systems subject to her achieving the

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requisite A level grades. Having made it through the highly competitive application process, consisting of an online test, Samantha was invited to attend an interview in Preston. Following a timed dexterity test where she was tasked to build the basic structure of a typhoon, Samantha was offered one of only 50 places on the apprenticeship scheme.

This alternative to university will allow Samantha to make valuable contacts and learn hands on about the industry whilst getting paid to do so. She will spend her first year learning together with other apprentices before specialising in her second and third years. With potential to secure a career with BAE Systems following completion of her three years, this promises to be a rewarding and successful further education route.

Samantha joined Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School in Sixth Form as an Ogden Scholar and chose to study Physics, Maths and Art at A level. She thoroughly enjoys the diversity of her subjects and hopes to combine them in a creative role in engineering design in the future. STEM subjects are extremely desirable to employers and are very popular amongst students at Merchant Taylors’. As more women are being inspired into scientific careers, Samantha is proud to be entering this industry. She added “BAE Systems is an amazing company and I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity. I would like to thank Mrs Copley for suggesting it as an option for me to pursue.”

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We were delighted to welcome Countdown’s Rachel Riley to Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School yesterday for a ‘STEM-sational’ event designed to encourage young women to study

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science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) based subjects.

Rachel, who studied maths at Oxford, spoke to hundreds of girls from schools all around the region.  She began by dispelling a few maths myths. ‘There’s no such thing as a maths brain. You just need to work hard & practice. I had to relearn my times tables by redoing them whilst listening to the countdown clock.’

Attendees wanted to know about her own experiences. ‘Me? I’m inspired by a project that wants to send nano spaceships to the next star system. My favourite things are applied maths & studying time travel and my craziest showbiz story was when I met Stephen Hawking, he’s a bit cool! I love doing things that scare me but challenging myself & making it happen!’

She was joined by two of the UK’s leading female scientists Dr Anna Slater and Dr Melanie Windridge.  Anna, who works at Liverpool University in the Chemistry Department, has a PhD in Supramolecular Chemistry.   Her research has resulted in her being awarded the Royal Society-EPSRC Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship and she has also been shortlisted for the 2016 Women of the Future Awards. Dr Melanie Windridge, who has a Doctorate from Imperial College London, is an expert in the aurora and in fusion energy.  She likes to combine her scientific knowledge and experience with her love of adventure to promote a better understanding of Science.  She has also appeared on TV in science shows and written two books.

The event was organised by Merchants’ Physics Teacher, Mrs Jennie Lynch, in conjunction with the team behind The Big Bang North West, All About STEM. As well as listening to the inspirational guest speakers the girls were given the opportunity to participate in a number of engineering and maths based workshops.  Leading Universities and Companies were also on hand to provide an insight into potential career paths.

Mrs Lynch envisaged a programme that would motivate girls to consider the many opportunities open to those who study STEM based subjects and judging by the responses of the participants she certainly achieved that and much more.




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Pupils at Merchant Taylors’ continue to thrive both inside and out of the classroom, with many achieving great success in their sporting endeavours alongside their

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academics. For the girls’ cross country teams last week, this was no different, with both the year 7 and senior teams being crowned County Champions at the Merseyside Cross Country Championships that took place on Saturday 14th January at Arrowe Park on the Wirral.

What makes MTGS a leading school in Cross Country is the commitment and hard work seen by the vast number of runners that compete in each race. In the last 20 years, MTGS have always had a group of senior runners competing consistently for the school. These girls are fantastic role models for our younger runners, namely this year Morag Molyneux (Cross Country Captain), Ellen Murgatroyd (Vice Cross Country Captain), Emily Woodier, Rebecca Southwart, Faye Carr and Emily Storch. These girls have been supported in the open age group with a group of committed girls in Year 10.

We are absolutely delighted to see this senior squad become County Champions in the final league race and in addition to this, our B Team in the senior age group attained a bronze medal. The highly committed runners in our Inter age group are also enjoying a great deal of success. The success of the exceptional Year 7 runners this year must also be commended and we congratulate them on their County Champions 2016/17 title.

At MTGS the Cross Country team is chosen from a very successful running club held on a Friday night. This is well attended by girls of all abilities who help to create a positive ethos towards running for fitness, competitions and enjoyment. This develops and enables the girls who then go on to compete in the cross country races throughout the year.

Mrs Moore (Head of PE) states, “We have some star runners in school but what brings us success at County level is our squad approach to running and being part of a team. The spread of talent and commitment continues to inspire us all to continue to strive for success in the coming seasons.”

The Junior runners also compete in a series of league races within the Sefton district on a Wednesday. These are ongoing and we wish the girls the best of luck in the coming races.

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Earlier in the year lower sixth Physicists took part in the XMaS competition launched nationwide by Warwick University with help from IGGY, Sepnet, STEMNet, Ogden Trust and

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the Institute of Physics.

Students were asked to write a two page essay on “What is the legacy of Kathleen Lonsdale both in terms of her scientific discoveries and for women in science?” All the girls produced fantastic entries, adding their own little touches to get themselves noticed by the judges, including a rap, sway presentation and a glittery structural model of benzene!

The prize… A four day all-expenses paid trip to visit the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble! Taking part in the Synchrotron@Schools Programme whilst touring the XMaS Beamline, meeting scientists from a range of disciplines as well as having the chance to explore the beautiful city of Grenoble.

A huge congratulations to the following girls whose essays and creativity massively impressed the judges, securing four of the 16 winning spots on this once in a lifetime trip:

Lauren Widders

Nia Almond

Catherine Magennis

Emma Pearson

The trip will take place 2nd-6th July 2017, well done girls!!

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This year students at Merchant Taylors’ Schools have been rewarded for all their hard work and effort with an outstanding set of A Level results. 

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Over three quarters of the year group, at both the Boys’ and Girls’ Schools, have achieved A* to B grades.  It is expected that the majority will be awarded their first preference place at some of the UK’s top universities.  Academic subjects are the mainstay of the top grades reflecting the personalised teaching environment and small class size advantage of the Sixth Form.  This achievement is significant at a time when standards are being tightened and grade inflation is being prevented.

Merchant Taylors’ is particularly proud of the accelerated progress students make throughout the senior years.  National data from the A Level Performance System (ALPS), a student focused system which collates data from over 1500 schools, colleges and FEs, demonstrates that students are making the best possible progress through Key Stage 4 and 5 curricular.  Headmaster of the Boys’ School, David Cook, said “ALPS results place our Schools in the country’s top band for value added teaching and learning.  With one of the lowest fees in the UK this is an outstanding measurement for a northern based school. These results, which consistently year on year place us as the leading the school in the region, demonstrate the value and excellence of the education we offer. ”

Headmistress of the Girls’ School, Louise Robinson, is also delighted with the results; she said “I am very proud of girls’ academic success and impressed by their ability to balance a demanding curriculum with important extra-curricular interests.  We encourage students to enhance their academic achievements through Extended Project Qualifications and a wide range of extra-curricular activities such as sports, drama, music and Duke of Edinburgh awards.”

Top achievers this year are Laurence Duncan and Lydia Seed.  Lydia, with 4A* grades, has gained a place at St Andrews to study medicine.  She balances her academic study with a passion for music and drama.    Talented musician Laurence, who has achieved Grade 8 for trumpet, flute and piano, will go to Warwick to study Maths after achieving 4 A* and 1 A grade.

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The British Biology Olympiad is a highly prestigious, national, Biology Competition, run by the Royal Society of Biology.
This year we had a number of our

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Upper Sixth students, who preformed extremely well, amongst the thousands of entries for this award.

In addition to the girls success below, one of the bronze medalists, Victoria Mason, has bee awarded a very prestigious award, which was based on a written biology scholarship paper. As a result she has been awarded the top scholarship available, the Bangor Excellence Scholarship for 2016-2017, congratulations Victoria.

Our success this year are as follows;


  • Shika Nishith
  • Sarah Goldstein
  • Laura Park
  • Alex Corlett
  • Laura McGuckin

Highly Commended

  • Florence Wilkes

Bronze Medals

  • Mishelle Fernando
  • Victoria Mason
  • Lydia Seed
  • Oishi Sikdar
  • Corinne Molyneux

Badminton Champion Lizzie Tolman continues to go from strength to strength after being selected once again to represent England, this time in the Under 15

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European Championships.

Lizzie, who is in Year 10 at Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School, was ranked number 1 in her age group when she only 10 years old and won gold for England in the ladies doubles in an international tournament earlier this year.  She will travel to Switzerland in February for the event that is held only once every 2 years. The Championships are by far the most prestigious competition on the junior calendar and she will be part of an elite team of 4 boys and 4 girls.

Miss Erica Jones, Head of P.E. at Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School said, ‘Lizzie has worked so hard for many years to get to this level and we are very proud of her achievement in representing her country. She is an inspiration to our other young badminton players and a great role model. Her influence on the badminton success at the school is immense and she is always a joy to work with. Good luck Lizzie!’


The Phoenix Youth Theatre is a company of performers who are all under 21 and was set up in 2008 to discover, develop and display

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the musical theatrical talents of the young people of St Helens and its surrounding areas.  Having performed Evita last year, they took on the complex Lloyd Webber adaptation of Phantom of the Opera – with Natasha Agarwal playing the role of Christine Daae – a ballet girl from an Opera Company who is under the tuition and spell of the Phantom of the Opera.  The story is an intricate and exciting combination of love, anger, fear – with a smattering of comedy – and Natasha’s performance was extraordinary with her exceptional vocal talents being stretched to the full.  She was able to use her full range of notes in the operatic pieces whilst putting her own, beautiful sound to the more well known songs such as “The Phantom of the Opera” and the ballard “All I Ask of You”.

Natasha commanded the stage all the way through the show as the audience was drawn into her relationship with the Phantom.      This relationship moved from tenderness and vulnerability to anger and fear and Natasha stole the show with her characterisation.  Alongside her character’s relationship with the Phantom, she also falls in love with a rich patron of the Opera House, the Vicomte de Chagney, and Natasha’s voice moved seamlessly from dark to light as Christine had to fight her feelings and decide whether to follow the Phantom or risk him killing Raoul.  There was not a dry eye in the house by the end!

What a wonderful evening and Natasha was an absolute joy to watch.   She was an enormous credit to the school, her family and most importantly to herself and I cannot wait for next year’s production!  Well done Natasha!

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