All aspects of the performing arts are highly valued at the British School of Bucharest. Our performing arts curriculum strives to make every child appreciate the performing arts by immersing them and feeding their passions through understanding art’s role in everyday life.
Drama as a subject promotes both independence and collaboration. At our school, students are assessed on self-management, group work and effective participation. The curriculum will inspire pupils to develop a range of life skills through confidence, teamwork, exploring emotions and cultural significance through artistic exploration. Having the opportunity to role-play situations supports students’ personal development.
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We aim to enhance all students’ musical performance, analytical and compositional skills by utilising our excellent Music Department facilities. We challenge students with many practical tasks using various instruments and studying music from a broad spectrum of cultures. Our firm belief is that all students have musical potential. Even those who do not choose to follow a career in music can develop practical cross-curricular skills, such as coordination and teamwork.
Outside the curriculum, students are encouraged to participate in ensembles. They perform in events such as the House Music Competition and School Recitals, helping develop their sense of community and ability to perform comfortably in front of an audience.
We have an excellent orchestra at the British School of Bucharest, the school’s largest musical group. It has been growing and improving steadily over recent years. By creating new and unique musical arrangements, our expert Music teachers can accommodate and engage participants of mixed ages and abilities. Less experienced players can improve their ability by learning from older or more experienced pupils. Participants learn to work in a team towards creating a performance while also learning the professional orchestra rehearsal discipline basics.
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Performing Arts Faculty
Lynne SharpHead of Performing Arts & Teacher of Music
Lynne Sharp has been teaching music for ten years and holds a Music degree from City University in London and a PGCE in Music at the Institute of Education.
Before joining the British School of Bucharest, she was head of the Music Department for seven years for the Ark Academy in Wembley. During her time at Ark, the students she worked with played at prestigious London venues such as the Barbican and Wembley Arena.
Lynne has extensive experience in various instruments and performed several major festival processions around Northeast England. She has also been part of a concert band in London for ten years.
Sam KennedyTeacher of Drama, LAMDA Coordinator, Head of Olt House & Head of Year 8
Sam Kennedy joined the British School of Bucharest in 2020 as a Secondary Drama Teacher and as a LAMDA coordinator.
He spent four years studying at Liverpool’s John Moores University, gaining a BA Drama undergraduate degree and a PGDE in Secondary Drama. He has taught as a trainee in multiple schools in the Merseyside area during his studies. Sam has extensive experience working with and developing young people and children both in the UK and abroad through programmes such as the National Citizen Service, Camp America and Camp Canada.
James PywellPeripatetic Music and Ensembles Coordinator
James Pywell joined the British School of Bucharest in 2014 as a part-time specialist in instrumental music, bringing with him diverse musical experience gained in the UK and internationally.
He studied bassoon, composition and conducting at the University of Huddersfield, holds a Master’s in Composition, and plays several wind instruments. Since 1990, he has combined a freelance practical career with his role as a music educator in schools, colleges and universities. His many senior positions in music education include Fellow in Music at the University of Bradford, Academic Coordinator at A R Rahman’s KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, India, and Exchange Coordinator at BISYOC Intercultural Youth Orchestral Exchange. He has strong connections with the music education development in Kenya, where he lived for 13 years. He co-founded the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya and was its first Musical Director. He also initiated the country’s first BTEC National Diploma in Music (performance and technology).
Laura LacherTeacher of Drama
Mrs Lacher joined the British School of Bucharest in 2023. She has a BA in acting and an MA in musical theatre. This is her second time teaching at BSB, the first being at the beginning of the pandemic when she prepared students for A-Levels.
She has experience teaching Music and Drama to all ages, starting as a teenager when she taught piano lessons at a private music school. She has a true passion for the performing arts and believes in supporting each student’s creativity and uniqueness.
Aside from teaching, Mrs Lacher is also a professional actress, currently in post-production with a short movie she wrote, directed and produced over the summer. She also nurtures her passion for music and is part of two bands that play regularly in Bucharest.
She is excited to be returning to BSB and having the opportunity to meet everyone.