A NATIONAL award-winning performing arts organisation is opening a new franchise in West Berkshire, it has been revealed.

Little Voices will start its drama and theatre workshops at St Andrew’s School in Pangbourne from September and will become the school’s Performing Arts Community Member.

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Little Voices operate in four locations in West Surrey and are delighted to be opening another in West Berkshire.

Classes will be run from the school’s Old Hall on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

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Samantha Obiorah, Little Voices Principal said: “As a former painfully shy child myself, I truly understand and believe in the difference that Little Voices lessons can make to a child.

“My life truly changed when I was able to find a way to express myself through my performing arts lessons.

“I regularly see children terrified to perform on their own in lessons, yet stand so confidently less than a year later, onstage, performing solo pieces – highlighting just how much they have grown in confidence.

“Every child is unique and we seek to nurture them through our small class sizes, which helps ensure that every child is given individual attention each week.

“Previous experience or special talent in singing or acting is absolutely not necessary, just a desire to learn and have lots of fun doing it!

“You’ll be surprised at what can emerge when a child receives the right kind of support and tuition in a safe environment alongside their friends.”

Jon Bartlett, Headmaster of St Andrew is excited for the addition to the school.

He said: “We are delighted and extremely excited to have Little Voices here at our School for the wider community to benefit from.

“We feel it is so important that the local community can use our fantastic facilities, as well as our children and really hope that children from all around the area will take up this opportunity to enrol with Little Voices.”