PERFORMING ARTS IN ACTION!
Click below to see a compilation of our Performing Arts:
CHOIR TOUR TO HOLLAND
37 members of our Senior Choir toured Holland, visiting churches and one residential home in Noordwijk, Leiden and Amsterdam, with a varied programme of group and solo pieces. You can hear a performance of Papa Loko, a Haitian traditional song, below:
ORIGINAL WORKS EVENING
We held our third ORIGINAL WORKS EVENING this term. It's a great showcase for our Y9-11 creativity: photography, poetry, creative writing, songwriting and composition. You can hear Parsons' original song: Boys.Girls. Anywhere:
WE WILL ROCK YOU
(2017-18 Senior Production)
This was an amazing evening of dance, singing and acting, directed by our choreographer and Teacher of Dance, Lisa Lee. We were proud that lighting and sound for this technically complex show was student led. It was great to see Y11 Guy drumming with the professional band.
Get a flavour of the show by listening to Tyla and the Teen Queens, below:
RAF CAROLS: St Clement Danes
We are honoured to be invited each year to provide choral music for the Royal Air Force Carol Service at St Clement Danes Church, as part of our School's heritage as a former RAF School. It's not just important community service: it's great fun!
We are founder-participants of the Rotary Guildford Combined Schools Concert and perform a half hour set annually at this professional venue in front of an audience of more than 1000 people. This year our set included the Rock Choir, The Jazz Band, The Junior Chamber Choir, The Senior Chamber Choir, The Ukes of Kent, The Year 10 Harmony Group and The DoK Rock Band. More than 100 pupils participated - that's over a third of our School!
SHAKESPEARE IN A SUITCASE
At the V&A
The whole of Year 7 had the amazing opportunity to perform at the Victoria and Albert Museum, in their medieval galleries. First, Y7 visited the V&A for inspiration, then enjoyed a workshop back at school led by the V&A team. Finally they returned to the Museum to perform their piece. The project gets its name from the single suitcase into which all the props have to fit. Supported by Mrs Honey, Year 7 devised a half hour production based on dreams in Shakespeare, using dance, movement and speech in innovative, creative ways. How exciting to see such great teamwork and commitment - particularly from those who had never been in a production before.
House Music brings School to a standstill - we all come off timetable to enjoy hearing the solo and ensemble finalists perform, before every pupil in Prep and Seniors competes in the hotly contested House Song. It was great to have the songwriter, Chris Leonard, join us as our judge. Chris has written with so many stars, including Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini, Harry Styles and Shania Twain, and was really complimentary about the standard and spirit of House Music.
Well done to Hillary House, this year's winner.
Every single pupil in our Pre-prep contributed to a dynamic, touching production, telling the story of Jesus's birth.
DUKE OF KENT SCHOOL CD
We are excited to have released our second CD this Summer, produced here at School, with proceeds to the School Charity. You can hear some of the tracks below.
- Ava - Wait a Bit (A.Drewe and G.Stiles).mp3
- Bastien and Noah - Hallelujah (L.Cohen).mp3
- Constance - Preseli Skies (E.Adams).mp3
- Daniel - The Entertainer (S.Joplin).mp3
- Duke of Kent School Junior Choir - Siyahamba (trad. African).mp3
- Lexi - She Used To Be Mine (S.Bareilles).mp3
- Oscar - Heart of Gold (N.Young).mp3
- Senior Vocal Ensemble - Seasons of Love (J.Larson).mp3
- Toby, Jago, Dexter, Guy, George, Henry, Ava, Martha - Easy (L.Ritchie).mp3
- Tyla and the Teen Queens - Somebody to Love (F.Mercury).mp3
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Our commitment to ensuring that learning happens beyond the classroom is stronger than ever, with Performing Arts experiences to remember for a lifetime.
This year we have had workshops and enjoyed performances at a huge number of venues near and far, including the National Theatre, the Royal Courts of Justice, G-Live, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Festival Hall and Covent Garden.
Taking the 'show on the road' nudges performers and tech supporters out of their comfort zone, forcing them to think differently about their craft, and providing new, bigger audiences.
Our Prep pupils find that acting out The Lady of Shallot or Jabberwocky in the nearby woodland really brings the text to life! For our Prep dancers (above) to get to perform at the Woodhouse Opera was a memory the dancing dragonflies will always treasure.
INSPIRATION ACROSS THE AGE RANGE
come in all sizes!
Our pupils get fantastic inspiration from seeing each other perform: we have a culture of encouragement. Regular opportunities to see older, accomplished performers ensure that our younger pupils are spurred on to take up new instruments and to persevere with their art.
We were delighted that our Inspection Report last year particularly noted: 'Senior pupils voluntarily go to Prep music lessons or activities in their lunch breaks, where they help and support the younger pupils.'
We see so many examples of pupils taking on new challenges because of the positive role models around them - and everyone, younger or older, benefits.
JUST FOR JOY!
We feel strongly that some Performing Arts experiences should be just for the sheer joy of it, not because they feature on the curriculum. So don't be surprised to have your lunch interrupted by a flash-mob opera, to find a stand-up comedian running workshops on creative thinking, to be joining in with junk percussion drummers or entertained by a surrealist Belgian piano duo. Norse puppets and actors took over the Performing Arts Hall in March when we hosted the touring production of Noggin the Nog - a truly joyous and zany experience.
Y7-8-9 put together a visually exciting, dramatic performance of Oliver Twist this term, imaginatively directed by our Teacher of Drama, Mrs Honey.
Written by Mr Macdonald and directed by Mrs Honey, The Coin told the story of the journey of a coin from the hands of Julius Caesar to a boy at Hampton Court Palace (via Vikings, medieval maidens, and even Henry VIII). Wonderful acting, singing and dancing on both nights of the show were the result of all the hard work at rehearsals. Well done, Prep!
PRE-PREP DANCE SHOW
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Our littlest pupils gave us a delightful show, clearly loving their performance: here you see the Oompa Loompas, and the Liquorice Allsorts with their river of chocolate. Great stuff, Pre-prep!
We had a wonderful sunlit evening for our Summer Concert, which was an eclectic mix of genres and included more than a hundred performers.
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