St Aidan's and St John Fisher to host Golden Gala to celebrate 50th anniversary

St. Aidan’s and St John Fisher Associated Sixth Form are celebrating 50 years in association this October.

To mark the occasion, a Golden Gala is taking place on Friday 20th October from 7pm at Harrogate’s Royal Hall, offering a “spectacular evening of music, dance and drama.”

Both schools are known for their excellence in the Performing Arts and the Music, Dance and Drama regularly perform in showcases and concerts in school and the wider community. 

Alumni of these departments have progressed to join highly acclaimed theatre schools, perform in West End Shows, world-famous orchestras and current students continue to benefit from the expertise amongst the teaching staff.

Vicki Elliott, Head of Music at St. Aidan’s said:

“The Association is an important feature of both school’s identity and this concert is a celebration of how closely the schools work together.

“The audience should look forward to some exciting collaborations from our most gifted and experienced performers and alumni students.”

The Golden Gala will provide an evening of music, dance and drama.

Compering the event is former Associated Sixth Form student Richard Upton, now a professional Musical Theatre actor.

He said:

“I was thrilled when Vicki Elliott asked me to compere the Golden Gala.

“My years in the Associated Sixth Form from 2009-2011, have provided me with some of my most cherished memories and dearest lifelong friends.

“To celebrate the joining of these two powerhouse schools with staff and students, past and present, at one of the most prestigious venues in Harrogate, really will be a night to remember!”

St John Fisher Director of Sixth Form Jon Sharpe is equally excited about the evening.

He said:

“We are proud of the enduring success of the Association, and it is important to celebrate such a notable milestone.

“The Golden Gala promises to be a fabulous evening of music, dance and drama showcasing our incredibly talented students. Collaboration is at the heart of the Association’ and preparations are already well underway.”

Tickets are now available from and are charged at £13 for adults and £10 for under 18s.