Pride of Guernsey: Brian and Catherine Webster

‘DEDICATION and commitment’ are the two words behind Juliette Toumine’s nomination of Brian and Catherine Webster for the Moonpig-sponsored Arts Contribution of the Year award.

And their students at the Guernsey Academy of Theatrical Education receive nothing less.
‘Having returned to Guernsey from their careers in the West End, they began Gate in 2003 to pass on their skills and experience in dance and theatre,’ continued Juliette.
2018 is the Websters’ 15th year of operation and now they work with more than 300 youngsters aged from 3-18 each week.
‘They have endless energy and have not only developed a dance school, but also a community where students of all ages work together to enjoy this fantastic art,’ explained Juliette.
In June, Brian and Catherine took 53 youngsters to Spain for the Dance World Cup.
‘Representing Guernsey on the world stage, against the world’s best, their students brought home one gold, two silvers and six bronze medals.
‘It is also testament to them that several ex-students are now working professionally in the industry and students continue
to successfully audition to some of the top musical theatre colleges in the UK,’ added Juliette.
‘For their passion and ongoing commitment to their students, their art and their island over
the last 15 years, I feel that Brian and Catherine truly deserve to be recognised for their achievements and contribution to the arts.’