Tring Park School for the Performing Arts is has announced Claire Sweeney as its new patron. The much-loved actor, singer and television personality is joining the community of long-standing patrons, including choreographer Matthew Bourne, and the school is honoured and excited to have her on board.
Currently appearing in Coronation Street as Cassie Plummer, Claire has had a long and diverse career. She has not only starred in a plethora of primetime TV shows, such as her breakout role in 1991 in popular soap Brookside, but also on stage in musicals, taking on much-loved characters like Roxie Hart in Chicago, showcasing her incredible voice. Alongside her role in Coronation Street, Claire is further demonstrating her versatility by training for ITV’s Dancing on Ice and appearing in Channel 5 drama, The Good Ship Murder.
Claire first began her training in performing arts as a teenager, so knows exactly what the students at Tring Park School have in store for them and can offer practical guidance as they progress through their vocational study and into the industry. She has a long-standing history with the Hertfordshire-based performing arts school and explains: ‘I have a close affinity with Tring Park School, my godson was once a student and I have many friends in the industry that have attended – it is a wonderful place!
‘The work Tring Park does to provide a creative environment where young performers can flourish and excel is truly outstanding. The core values of excellence, creativity and resilience run through the corridors of the school, and I look forward to supporting them in further nurturing the actors, dancers, and musicians of tomorrow,’ Claire continues.
Tring Park School is a co-educational boarding and day school, providing education and training to young people from the age of 7 to 19. Pupils receive rigorous training in the performing arts, that is combined with an extensive academic programme of study. All students benefit from a unique private school education with an emphasis on performing arts and creativity.
Commenting on the new appointment, Principal Simon Larter-Evans says: ‘We are thrilled to have Claire on board as patron of the school. Not only is she a highly successful actor and one of the most in-demand on stage and screen, but she is fully aligned with our ethos of supporting young performers both in their vocational and academic study. Her extensive experience across many areas of performing arts is invaluable and will make her an incredible asset to the school and its students. We can’t wait to get started on our many exciting plans for the future.’
For more information about Tring Park School for the Performing Arts please visit www.tringpark.com.