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Former Romford CPA Studios building demolished after closing earlier this year

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 November 2018

The Saturday's Rochelle Humes with students at the CPA Studios in Romford.

The Saturday's Rochelle Humes with students at the CPA Studios in Romford.

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A performing arts studio where thousands of students developed their talents for more than three decades, has been demolished.

CPA Studios, North Street, Romford, which trained children as young as three-years-old in performing arts, closed in August due to “financial difficulties”, to the dismay of students and parents.

The building, which had been the performing arts college’s home for 34 years, was knocked down last week.

A 45-year-old mum whose daughter went to CPA Studios, and wishes to remain anonymous, said: “When the students received the news in August that they were forced to close, the news came as a total shock and we all suffered weeks of stress.

“The students moved on, understanding what they had been told, until this week, only a couple of months after announcing financial difficulties and closure, the whole building had been demolished.

“These students deserve a better explanation, maybe even compensation? After all they were paying students!

“I am not the only parent who is carrying this anger.

“This was like the end of the world to the students!”

The studios became a registered charity in 2011 and also helped students get a chance to audition for professional work in musical theatre, television, commercials, live events, pantomime and films.

Rochelle Humes, former band member of The Saturdays and TV and radio star, is also a former student and patron of the studios.

Following the closure of CPA Studios, its former head of school Kevin Archbold opened a new musical theatre school called KA Arts, in a bid to continue the studio’s legacy.

No planning application has yet been submitted to build on the site.

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