Mr Bintley was a frequent visitor to school - he attended summer shows, graduate showcases, Gala evenings, appraisals, choreography, solos and other ‘friends’ events (often as an adjudicator) and prize giving ceremonies as well as being very actively involved in working with the students on performance pieces. This continued beyond his retirement from BRB.
Since his announcement as new AD of BRB over a year ago, Mr Acosta has been into school twice - once to last year’s summer show gala evening and once to an event for the Patron HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. Whilst I am fully aware that Covid-19 has impacted upon opportunities for him to engage, this is nevertheless worrying, especially for the graduates. Contracts have been awarded to graduates from the RBS to BRB whilst Elmhurst’s own graduates have not been seen by Mr Acosta either in class or during their pre Covid graduate showcase. Whilst the two Royal companies may have parity, the two associated schools do not.