Here's a sample of some of the arts organisations in Stoke....
Q: What was the first live music gig/concert you went to?
Lesley: Wet, Wet, Wet
Jenny: My first classical concert was in the early 80’s when I went to see Anna Markland play the piano. She had just won Young Musician of the Year and was a total inspiration to the 9 year old me. My first gig back in 1990 was seeing EMF in Liverpool, it was ‘unbelievable’….
Q: If you were in a film or story, which character would you like to be?
Lesley: Baby - Dirty Dancing
Jenny: If I was in a film or story I would be Tonks from the Harry Potter series. I love the magical world that JK Rowling created and would have loved to have attended Hogwarts.
Q: Quick fire questions: choose one option for each quick fire question. Would you prefer to…
Dance or watch TV? Lesley: Watch TV; Jenny: As I have two left feet I would have to choose TV
Art gallery or cinema? Lesley: Cinema; Jenny: Depends on what is on at the cinema!
Be in a performance or be in the audience? Lesley: Audience these days, but used to be performance; Jenny: I’m terrible at being in the audience, would much rather be in the performance.
What is your favourite arts activity to do ?
Lesley: West End Theatre
Jenny: My favourite arts activity is music, and I am lucky that I have turned what was a hobby into my career. I am a music teacher but love playing in bands and orchestras in my spare time, and have really missed making music with others during Covid.
We asked Lesley Gill - arts lead for Staffordshire Virtual School - and Jenny Mawdsley - arts lead for Stoke Virtual School - about their arts interests: