Month: July 2017

Kingston RPM Album Cover Competition WINNER ANNOUNCED

We are delighted to announce the winner and runners up of our Album Cover Competition for Schools. These beautiful designs are now up at the Rose Theatre Kingston as part of the #KingstonRPM To Make A Record exhibition. The artwork will be on display until 9th September.

The first place winner will see their artwork used for the record sleeve of the Kingston RPM project album which is being produced in September! Each student below have also won a £500 bursary, for each of their classes to put towards a heritage activity.

1st Place: Maxwell Hansen (Year 7) – Coombe Boys’ School

2nd Place: Ashla Khan (Year 12) – Tiffin Girls’ School

3rd Place: Adam (Year 8) – Coombe Boys’ School

Heritage Lottery FundArts Council EnglandKingston CouncilKingston Music ServiceKingston University

Kingston RPM: To Make a Record Exhibition

Our exhibition all about Kingston’s music history, To Make A Record, will be up in the Rose Theatre Kingston until the beginning of September! You can see a sneak peek at what’s in the show here.

Running until Sep 9, To Make a Record is a unique free entry exhibition showcasing stories, objects, records, photos and music memorabilia from the 1940s – 1970s in Kingston. Come and explore this interactive exhibition that will illuminate Kingston’s musical past covering everything from Bowie’s first performance as Ziggy Stardust, the Decca Record Factory in New Malden and the arrival of Jazz music with the American Army in Bushy Park.

Kingston RPM has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and the Royal Borough of Kingston. The project delivery partners also include, Kingston Music Service, Kingston History Centre, Kingston University and the Rose Theatre.

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There has been such a high standard of work and professionalism across the entire festival and we are grateful to all the amazing companies who performed at IYAF 2017. Congratulations to everyone involved and the 2017 Award Ceremony nominees and winners of each are listed below.
Best of Fest:
– The Next Placement (Winner)


– Sticks and Stones
– Strawberry Starburst
– Amy Conway’s Super Awesome World
Festival Friends Choice Award:
– Mine (Winner)
– The Missing Girl of Grigglewood
– The Next Placement
– Amy Conway’s Super Awesome World
Volunteer Choice Award:
– The Missing Girl of Grigglewood (Winner)
 – Amy Conway’s Super Awesome World
– Strawberry Starburst
– Tapestry
Best Marketing Award:
– Blurred Justice (Winner)
– What’s Between Us
– Awakening
– Little Meerkat’s Big Panic
Best Individual Performance: 
– Maryam Grace, Strawberry Starburst (Winner)
– Maisie Barlow, Mine
– Matthew Mahoney, Sticks and Stones
– Viviana Rocha, Awakening

IYAF 2018 Dates announced

  Credit: Tangle Photography

Thank you to everyone who made IYAF 2017 a great success. We had 200 wonderful shows over 10 days, engaged with local and international communities and were supported by over 90 volunteers.

Next year will be our 10th Festival and it will run from the 6th to 15th July 2018.

Applications to participate will open in November 2017.

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