Musicians at Dulwich College have the opportunity to join a wide range of instrumental and singing ensembles, catering for all abilities and genres. Ensembles play a central role in the concert calendar, and are invaluable in developing well-rounded musicianship, as well as confidence, team playing, and leadership skills.
The Symphony Orchestra is the College’s flagship ensemble for the most advanced musicians. Performances at major London venues including Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall and St John’s Smith Square.
- Chamber Orchestra (Advanced)
- Alan Morgan Chamber Orchestra (Intermediate+)
- Holst Training Orchestra (Intermediate)
- Purcell String Orchestra (Beginner)
- Bream, Barrios and Segovia Guitar Ensembles
Woodwind, Brass and Percussion
- Symphonic Wind Band (Advanced)
- Concert Band (Intermediate+)
- Junior Wind Band
- Saxophone Quartet
- Clarinet Quartet
- Brass Consort (a 12-piece ensemble of the most advanced players
- Trumpet Choir
- Senior Percussion Group
- Junior Percussion Club
- Big Band
- Other Big Band
- Jazz Groups (designed to develop improvisation skills)
Chamber Music lies at the heart of the Music Award Holders programme and also includes many of the College’s most advanced musicians. There are approximately 15-20 groups each year for multiple combinations of piano, strings, woodwind and brass.
- Chapel Choir
- Madrigal Choir
- Concert Choir
- The Black ‘n’ Blues (barbershop ensemble)
- Light Blues (combined JAGS and DC close harmony group)
- Alleynian Blues (advanced close harmony group from all three Foundation Schools)
Music Technology and Production
- Music Tech Club
- Junior Tech Club
- DJ Club
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.