The keys to the new 930 seater GW Annenberg Performing Arts Centre at Crowthorne's Wellington College in Duke's Ride have been handed over as a year’s programme begins of testing and trialling different events.

From the opening assembly where dance, drama and music were performed for the whole school to the opening gala three weeks later, the aim was to educate by mirroring the curriculum while bringing all kinds of performance onto the stage.

It is also planned to open up the building to the community, bringing in local schools to be part of a national celebration of the arts. At the opening the staged was shared with the Holt, St Crispin’s, Edgbarrow, Eagle House and the Berkshire Young Voices. It was an evening not to be forgotten with outstanding singing, dancing and acting,

The next big community event in the Annenberg will be a performance of Verdi’s Requiem on Friday, November 16 at 8 pm with Crowthorne Choral Society, Wellington students and representations from Bracknell, Wokingham, Yateley, Surrey Heath and Reigate Choral Societies as well as the exceptional soloists Kristy Swift, Katie Slater, Oliver Johnston and Thomas Humphreys.

It is 50 years since Crowthorne Choral Society was formed in partnership with Wellington College and tickets are available from