Music

Music has played a central part in the life of the College since its foundation in 1619 by Edward Alleyn.  Today, the Music Department offers a comprehensive programme tailored to help all boys achieve their potential, whatever their musical interests and abilities. 

200+

Performance opportunities each year

650

Instrumental lessons each week

50+

Instrumental groups and choirs

50

Students currently studying GCSE & A Level Music

42

Specialist Visiting Music Teachers

A blend of traditional and contemporary co-curricular performance activities enrich the cultural life of the College, and enhance the academic teaching of the department.  Our performance programme includes over 200 yearly concerts at leading London venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John's Smith Square, Cadogan Hall, Southwark Cathedral, Pizza Express Soho, and local venues in Dulwich. Competitions and Masterclasses feature each year and the College’s J.S. Bach Competition has enabled the boys to work with a number of eminent musicians including Erich Gruenberg OBE, Sir Stephen Cleobury CBE, Thomas Trotter, Daniel Hyde and David Hill.

Musicians are well represented in the Junior Departments of the London conservatoires, London Schools Symphony Orchestra, NCO and NYO, and beyond, we have an enviable record of entry to higher education, including several scholarships to Oxbridge and Music Conservatoires.

We regularly receive applications from boys who wish to join the College purely for our musical provision, and a variety of Music Awards and Scholarships are offered to the most gifted. The Director of Music is always pleased to meet and advise parents and their sons who may be interested in these awards and opportunities.

The Music Department possesses string, woodwind and brass instruments which are available on loan for our beginner programmes, and a smaller collection of fine string instruments for our Music Award Holders upon request.

Junior School string performance
Junior School string performance
Chamber Group
Brass
Electric Guitar
Thomas Trotter
Wind instrument players
Madrigal Choir
Student and teacher

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Richard Mayo, MA MusB FRCO

Director of Music
mayor@dulwich.org.uk

John Carnelley, BMus MMus ARCO PhD

Deputy Director of Music (Academic)
carnelleyjc@dulwich.org.uk

David Eno, BMus

Deputy Director of Music (Practical)
enoda@dulwich.org.uk

Chapel Choir Services 2020-2021

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will run a modified series of services in 2020-21. You may refer to 2019-20 services for an overview of a regular academic year.

News

Independent Schools of the Year 2019

In 2019 Dulwich College was awarded Independent School of the Year for the Performing Arts, acknowledging the work and talent of the Drama and Music departments. The award was conferred by Independent School Parent magazine. 

Chapel Choir Services 2020-2021

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will run a modified series of services in 2020-21. You may refer to 2019-20 services for an overview of a regular academic year.