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HCTG offer LAMDA classes for children aged 8 and upward on a Tuesday evening or a Saturday afternoon.

Lamda has replaced elocution examinations of the past, to a practical communication and performance assessment, providing learners with the skills and the confidence that help them succeed in life.

We know how vital confident communication and speaking skills are for our children’s future success.  Almost every career requires the ability to engage effectively and communicate with others and we believe that LAMDA provides the skills which will positively affect the personal, social and academic development of our children.

Lauren and Ruth are our LAMDA teachers.  The 45 minute session includes warm up activities and practice towards a publically recognised exam.  The aim is to develop a sense of personal achievement and self-belief, which enables to children to gain in confidence as speakers  and performers. Many children enjoy these lessons in a smaller environment, taking exams when they are ready, giving them a qualification and UCAS points at the higher levels.

Each class has up to 5 pupils and takes place in St Nicholas Church Hall (Tuesday) and Harpenden Academy (Saturday).  We have an excellent success rate!  Mostly with Merit or Distinction!

We Offer

  • Music Theatre (developing skills in acting through song)
  • Acting (developing skills in performance and the spoken word)
  • Verse and Prose (developing a clear speaking voice, good body language from reciting pieces)
  • Public Speaking (developing a clear speaking voice, good body language in giving presentations)

Our classes

Verse & Prose/Acting : Tuesday 4.15 – 5.00pm

Music Theatre : Tuesday 5.00 – 5.45pm

Verse & Prose/Acting : Tuesday 5.45 – 6.30pm

Music Theatre : Tuesday 6.30 – 7.15pm

Verse & Prose/Acting : Saturday 1.15 – 2.00pm

Verse & Prose/Acting : Saturday 2.00 – 2.45pm

Public Speaking/Acting : Saturday 2.45 – 3.30pm

Public Speaking/Acting : Saturday 3.30 – 4.15pm

We try to create each of these classes so that they have children of a similar age working towards a similar grade.

Fees are £15.40 + VAT per session and are payable for the term in advance.  There will be additional fees for the exams, which we try to arrange at a local venue in December and June/July (or can be taken at a public centre).  

Pupils will need to take time out of school to attend their exam, much as they do for music exams. 

Term dates for the coming term (Summer 2024) are:

Tuesday classes: 27th February to 11th June. 

No classes on Tuesday 2nd & 9th April and 28th May.

Saturday classes: 2nd March to 15th June. 

No classes on Saturday 30th March, 6th April or 1st June.

Exam date for the current term for both classes is  18 June in Redbourn Village Hall.    

We can also provide individual private lessons for individuals working towards exams or interviews, such as entry to Tring School of Performing Arts, Movie Auditions, Scholarship Auditions, Preparation for interviews etc. 

Previous clients include:

Theo Paphitis (Dragon’s Den),
Gemma Kidd (Supermodel),
Jermaine Jenas (Premier League Footballer, Match of the Day),
Coco-Cola, Investec and many local children.