The Benjamin Britten Music Academy is a coeducational day school located in the northern outskirts of Lowestoft. It caters for scholars aged 11 to 18 and is also home to the Suffolk Centre of Excellence in Mathematics. Having spent 9 years working at this establishment, it was an honour to receive a letter from the Head Boy and Head Girl, commissioning me to photograph the Upper School Awards Evening.
It was wonderful, not only to photograph a group of incredibly talented young people receive recognition but to be given the chance to catch-up with past colleagues too. The evening was opened by Mrs M Ravehill, Chair of Trustees who welcomed parents, carers, students and staff to the ceremony – held at The Marina Theatre, Lowestoft. Student award presentation continued throughout the evening hosted by Deputy Headteacher, Mr Park, supported by pastoral Heads of House, Mrs Edge and Miss Banns. Heads of House Miss Armon and Mrs Wright announced the awards.
Benjamin Britten Choir performed two sets throughout the evening. Mr McAtear gave The Headmaster’s Address mid-ceremony and guest speaker, former RAF Regiment Sergeant, Mr Duncan Slater, gave an inspirational speech to the audience on overcoming adversity. Mr Slater lost both legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan – 2014 saw him become the first double-amputee to ski to the South Pole, a 208-mile expedition organised by Walking with the Wounded. More recently, Mr Slater completed running a 156-mile marathon through the Sahara desert, the message the audience took away was: ‘limitations are only in the mind’.