Dulwich College is delighted to have been awarded Independent School of the Year 2019 for the Performing Arts by Independent School Parent magazine.
The award, announced on 7 October 2019, is in recognition of the hard work, commitment and talent of pupils and teachers across the Drama and Music Departments led by Mr Peter Jolly and Mr Richard Mayo respectively.
All pupils engage with music during each academic year whether in Assemblies and House Competitions or listening to performances given by their peers or visiting artists; there are some 200 occasions in an academic year where music is present. The Music Department enables any child from DUCKS through to Year 13 to take their musical interest as far as they wish and almost 600 pupils at the College learn a musical instrument with some 650 lessons given in College on a weekly basis. Recent highlights from the music calendar have included a performance of Haydn’s Creation at Southwark Cathedral, Jazz at the Hideaway (London) and a concert performed in the Queen Elizabeth Hall (QEH), Southbank.
The drama calendar has been no less eventful with a dazzling array including four major productions and 24 House plays, as well as a reworking of Christopher Marlowe’s Dr Faustus, performed at Southbank’s QEH. The Drama Department aspires to the highest production standards whilst encouraging pupils not to be afraid of taking risks or pursue the remarkable. A lasting impact of theatre on our students can be measured in the increasing number of alumni joining the industry, from Oscar nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor to award-winning director Ned Bennett. An appreciation of all things theatrical is part of the Dulwich College DNA, just as music is deeply rooted and at the very heart of College life for pupils.
Dr Joe Spence, Master of Dulwich College, congratulating the Drama and Music Departments, said ‘How fitting it is that you pick up this award in the 400th anniversary year of the founding of a College whose Founder ensured plays were played and “chaunters” encouraged’.