26, 2015 Photos
& Video: TV's EastEnders star holds Highbridge workshops
actor and West End stage star John Partridge was the VIP guest
at a special singing and musical theatre workshop in Highbridge
on Saturday (May 23rd).
well-supported event was held at Churchfield School in Highbridge
and organised by The Siobhan Johnson Singers in aid of The Alzheimer's
at all singers and performers who want to improve their performance
skills, the two workshops were attended by over 50 adults and
told Burnham-On-Sea.com he was "honoured" to have been
invited to the workshops, adding that there were many stars of
the future among the group.
Johnson, who runs the local choirs 'The Burnham Youth Choir' and
'Burnham on Song', said: "All my private singers and choirs
have performed exceptionally well this year, especially at the
Highbridge Festival with all my 70 plus singers all coming away
with a medal, to which I am rewarding them with this elite and
added: "So much more can be learnt from a performer like
John in a couple of hours rather than studying from a text book
taught all aspects of performance singing and how to improve overall
performance skills such as stage presence, projection and movement.
It's not every day that a massively high-profile celebrity like
John comes down to a small town like ours to teach!"
well as being a West End star of 'Starlight Express,' 'Rent,'
'Grease' and 'Miss Saigon', John is best known for playing the
part of Christian Clarke (Jane's brother) in EastEnders, which
he joined in 2008.
has worked extensively as a singer and dancer in musical theatre
and is best known as the 'Rum Tum Tugger' in Andrew LLoyd Webber's
musical 'Cats' to which he toured all over Europe and ended up
as playing the role in the official DVD film of 'Cats.' In addition
to this role he also played the main roles of 'Mr. Mistoffelees,'
'Alonzo,' 'Munkustrap' and 'The Rumpus Cat.'
started out at the Royal Ballet School and went onto train at
the Bush Davies School of Performing Arts School, followed by
the Doreen Bird School of Performing Arts. After EastEnders in
2010 John, together with Sheila Hancock and Charlotte Church,
was one of the judges for the new 'Andrew LLoyd Webbers' TV show
'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'.
2014 he appeared as himself on the BBC's show 'Tumble,' and has
more recently appeared in 2014 and 2015 episodes of EastEnders
for the funeral of 'Lucy Beale' as well celebrating their recent
live 30th birthday episode. John is an active and strong supporter
of the Alzheimer's Society and in 2013 helped launch the Memory
Walks in aid of his mother.
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