Chester's Hammond theatre school celebrates 100th anniversary
PUBLISHED: 00:00 03 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:33 03 August 2017
The Hammond in Chester is celebrating 100 years of performance excellence
Hammond theatre school centenary
On Tuesday 13th June 2017, it was exactly 100 years since Miss Irene Hammond taught her first dance class, in the ballroom of Chester’s Grosvenor Hotel. To mark this anniversary, The Hammond commissioned a 100th birthday cake from The Devonshire Bakery, Frodsham, and shared it with students, staff and friends of The Hammond.
Dave and Jane Picken
Betty Hill with Daniel and Carol Dolan
Daniel Wilshire with his parents, Becky and Glen
Marcia Ford, Candida Notz, Amanda Norris and Andrea Scott-Lewis
David Edward, Daniel Dolan and Sam Baker
Owen Evans with Collette Lewis
Ellen Epstein and Eric Hollreiser
Senior ballet teacher, Jane Elliott with Jacob Evans
Principal of The Hammond, Maggie Evans, with Chester's Lord Mayor, Coun. Razia Daniek, and her consort, Stephen Daniels
John and Anna Devoy
Dance faculty staff, Alison Hughes, Wendy Lockwood and Anthea Garratt
The show's opening montage performed by 2nd and 3rd year professional dance students: George Zaccari and Esther Haywood (fore) with (from the left): Maddie Hayes, Emma Packham, Rachel Farr, Jess Allman and Hannah Smith
Miss Hammond with one of her students some time in the 1930s
Miss Hammond's students in the Grosvenor Ballroom in the early 1930s
Miss Hammond's students performing Greek dance in the 1920s
Miss Hammond's vocational students in the 1920s
The Hammond theatre school in Chester chose a fitting way to celebate its 100th anniversary year - by staging a glamorous gala performance.
Staff and students at the renowned arts college gave a stunning performance of music and dance to showcase their talents. Former pupils who have gone on to great things - including international ballet dancer Daniel Dolan - were among the guests at the black tie occasion, alongside local dignitaries, friends and supporters of The Hammond. Since its beginnings as a dance class in 1917 under the direction of Miss Irene Hammond in the ballroom at the Grosvenor Hotel in Chester, The Hammond has provided a nurturing environment for talented young performers.
Parents, guests and friends and Hammond alumni were treated to a very special show, which featured every student in the school. w