Romford's CPA Studios closes after 34 years because of 'financial challenges'

PUBLISHED: 10:02 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:41 08 August 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.


A popular performing arts college has closed after more than three decades due to "financial challenges".

CPA Studios, North Street, Romford, which trains children as young as three-years-old in performing arts, sent letters to its students announcing that it will no longer be open.

In the letter, it states: “We regret to inform you that as of August 7 2018, CPA Studios has stopped operating due to financial challenges that we have been unable to overcome.

“Due to this, CPA Studios will be unable to provide further tuition to all students, including those studying for the Trinity College London Level 6 diploma in musical theatre.”

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.

The letter continues: “Please be aware that we have worked tirelessly to stop this from happening but we have now reached a point where the business can no longer continue.

“Although we appreciate that this will be difficult to digest, we hope you will not be deterred and will continue to hone your talents and work towards a bright future within the performing arts.”

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