The Canada Life Assurance Company sponsored Kathleen Shanks in her recording and performing arts project ‘Sing Loud For Africa’, which won the ‘Save The Children’ Princess Ann award. Following the success of the project, Canada Life offered to continue its sponsorship for Kathleen to continue her theatrical work with children. The Mount Grace School in Potters Bar generously offered rehearsal space, so, in 1989, the Capital Arts Theatre School was born. With pianists Vicky Locock and Russell Crann and actor, Jeremy Spriggs CATS bounced onto the London scene with a series of concerts and shows at the South Bank Centre. The theatre school also worked on the popular TV programme ‘Grange Hill’ and was invited to sing for the BBC TV extravaganza, ‘Children In Need’. An engagement it held for 6 years.

BBC 'Children In Need' broadcast from Wembley Stadium

In 1991 Kathleen entered the theatre school choir for a competition run by the BBC and Andrew Lloyd Webber to find a children’s choir to open in a new, full stage, production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, ‘Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at the London Palladium.

Capital Arts won!!

TV AM Chris Evans 'Morning Mayhem'

The Capital Arts children performed at the London Palladium for 6 months, and recorded the hit single, ‘Any Dream Will Do’ with Jason Donovan which stayed at number 1 in the charts for 13 weeks.

Arriving at the London Palladium
BBC Top Of The Pops ‘Any Dream Will Do’

During this time work flooded in for Capital Arts to provide a children’s choir for numerous professional productions, and so, in 1991, the theatre school choir became the Capital Arts Children’s Choir, to reflect the work it was doing.

Capital Arts…Where we are now

The Capital Arts Children’s Choir is regarded as a world class children’s choir with an international reputation. Its extended and unrivalled biography of recitals, concerts, operas, musicals, radio and TV performances, films and international concert tours, ensures that the Capital Arts Children’s Choir is one of the busiest and most successful children’s choirs in the UK. The choir’s ease with all genres of music makes Capital Arts a natural choice for musicians and promoters.

Twenty years of success

In 2011 the Capital Arts Children's Choir celebrated twenty years of success with a reception at the Savoy Hotel. The choir was featured in a number of publications. Click to download an article on ‘Twenty Years Of Success’ in Aspire magazine.

Current and Future Performances

Everything is buzzing at the moment for our singers, dancers and actors. Summer 2012 will see the Capital Arts students in the film studio making pop videos and commercials, and promotional videos for our UK ‘Soul Of A Child’ tour. Our Olympic song ‘Gloria In Londinium’, recorded at the Abbey Road Studios as part of an Olympic Arts project is to be included in the cultural Olympics. In November the whole theatre school, actors, singers and dancers will be getting together to perform in the musical ‘Doomwatch Castle – The Story Of Mr. Mouse Dot Com’, at the Bull Theatre in Barnet. In the autumn Capital Arts returns to the Abbey Road Studios to record for Global Choral Classics and our dancers and show choir will be performing at the London Palladium in a charity show .....and then its the busy Christmas season!

Capital Arts in 'Carmen' at the O2 Raymond Gubbay Ltd

In 2013 Capital Arts has been invited to perform in the opera ‘Carmen’ at the Royal Albert Hall for Raymond Gubbay Limited. After its season at the Royal Albert Hall, a tour to Germany with the company is on the cards.

In 2013 The Capital Arts Children’s Choir also has performances in Monaco, Italy and France.

Soloists from the choir perform as SPIRIT, the angelic voices of the Capital Arts Children's Choir. SPIRIT is embarking on a UK tour 2012 - 2013, promoting the choir's latest CD, 'Soul Of A Child' and working for the Variety Club of Great Britain. SPIRIT made its debut as the O2 arena in 2010 to much applause: 'The best part of the concert. Awesome' This is London

SPIRIT, the angelic voices of the Capital Arts Children’s Choir

The Capital Arts Children’s Choir also sings as the ‘Angelis Choir’ for Simon Cowell

Paul Potts with 'Angelis' GMTV

In addition to its children’s choir, Capital Arts has continued its theatre school work.

Capital Arts runs classes in singing, dance, drama and music theatre

Capital Arts runs its own highly successful theatrical agency.

Capital Arts has its own children's opera company, The London Children's Opera Company based in Covent Garden.

Capital Arts runs an award winning education outreach scheme, Opera Minor

Our Studio

The Capital Arts Children's Choir has its own studio at the Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar with access to rehearsal rooms and a 400 seater theatre. Situated in the heart of Potters Bar, the theatre is a 3 minute walk from Potters Bar train station and only 5 minutes from the M25 Junction 24.