Sport and PE Premium: Making a song and dance

NOCTURN’s Primary work featured in Headteacher Update, a magazine delivered directly to every primary school headteacher in the UK. 

Dance activities are not the first thing you might think of when it comes to the PE and Sport Premium funding, but it is a popular way of spending the money. Chris Parr takes a look and talks about NOCTURN's different project approaches utilising the funds.

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John Darvell
Pupils going overboard for Arts Award at the Ilsleys Primary

This summer term, year 4, 5 & 6 pupils from the Ilsleys Primary School, collaborating with NOCTURN, explored the history of the ill fated voyage of RMS Titanic.


Building on the successes of last year’s Arts Award, the year 4, 5 & 6 pupils were challenged with the more advanced level qualification Arts Award Explore. Working with local dance artist John Darvell from NOCTURN pupils created and choreographed using their ideas and creative skills, as part of their award portfolio, an 8-minute contemporary dance piece around the ship of dreams tragic journey; how the Titanic steerage passengers lived onboard, the final moments before the sinking and what they did to try and survive.

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Summer Dance Programme for Adults NOW BOOKING


Saturday Dance Workshops

Four Saturdays. Four leading dance artists. For adult dancers, of all abilities!

A range of one off weekend workshops, delivered by some of the top professional dancers from across the UK. Artists include Kip Johnson, Sonia Rafferty, Helen Parlor and Luke Birch.

Adult Dance Week

An intensive set of one weekend and evening dance workshops for adults, delivered by John Darvell and special guest teacher Charlie Morrissey, culminating in an evening performance on Friday 3 August!

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Job Opp: Make a difference as our Chair and Trustees



Join the NEW Board of NOCTURN, a contemporary performance company with a social heart and a technological edge. We are seeking a Chair and Trustees with a focus around the South East England area, to be part of our Board. This is a chance to make your mark by nurturing our company to expand its creative impact and reach across the sector. 

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Bringing life to a museum's collection, NOCTURN's fresh approach!

In summer last year NOCTURN, in partnership with West Berkshire Museum, set about an ambitious educational/community project fusing the museum's collection with NOCTURN’s focus on our obsession for living our lives through our phones.

Take a peek behind the scenes to hear from those involved and watch the dance on film produced, in our two new exciting online films.

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John Darvell