HAWTHORN COMPLETE INSTALLATION AT FRANCIS HOLLAND SCHOOL
25 March 2011
Hawthorn has recently completed the installation of specialist tehcnical equipment in a large multipurpose theatre space at Francis Holland School’s Carmel Hall.
Carmel Hall was officialy opened by His Grace, The Duke of Westminster and the building was blessed by the Lord Bishop of London.
Carmel Hall was formerly home to the Grosvenor Club, a Working Men's Club, founded in 1872 by The 1st Duke of Westminster for men who worked on the estate. Prior to 1955 Carmel Hall also served as the church hall for the parish of St Mary's Bourne Street.
The new development provides the 450 strong girls' school with cutting-edge music and drama facilities (including ten sound proof music practice rooms) and also a stunning double-height performance space. This multipurpose theatre space will be used by both the school and local community.
Francis Holland School has an enviable reputation, not only for academic success but also for encouraging girls to develop their skills in different areas including the performing arts. Anya Reiss, who has just completed her A levels at Francis Holland, was the youngest ever playwright to have a production run at the Royal Court in Summer 2010.
Stephanie Pattenden, the Headmistress said "This wonderful state of the art centre will encourage even more girls to develop their individual musical talents as well as have the opportunity to perform in concerts and plays. We are extremely grateful to Grosvenor for this unique opportunity."