Music, Drama and Dance are at the very heart of our School life. We see confidence as the key to success and every pupil at Duke of Kent School is given many opportunities to take part in Performing Arts, in and beyond the classroom, on and back stage. We present a wide range of traditional and more modern performances. Specialist teachers take time, both in and out of lessons, to help pupils develop their skills and confidence, ensuring that they are ready to perform. Opportunities to play or sing – individually or as part of an ensemble – and to act or get involved behind the scenes, are available throughout the Senior School.
At lunchtime in our Music Department you can always find a group of seniors practising, improvising or simply playing together for fun and we have an inspiring and dedicated team of visiting instrumental teachers. If your child has not yet taken up an instrument, we can advise on what might be a good starting point.
An exciting calendar of plays, concerts and workshops ensures that talent is developed. Performing Arts Scholarships are available to pupils who show particular ability and commitment in one or more of the performing arts. We have been delighted to see pupils go on to continue with their Music and Drama at Sixth Form, including ACM Guildord, Godalming College, St John's Leatherhead and Hurtwood House.
We take a parallel approach of opportunities for all and the pursuit of excellence wherever it is in our grasp.
Opportunities to perform often take our pupils further afield. During the last few years, pupils have been on stage at G Live and at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and performed at venues including St Clement Danes Church, Woodhouse Opera and the English Church in Amsterdam, on the 2018 Choir Tour to Holland. Had it not been cancelled due to COVID-19 the Senior Choir would have visited Norway in March 2020. Pupils have also taken part in workshops at the Royal Festival Hall and National Theatre, entered and won ISA competitions and have attended a wide range of plays, musicals, opera and ballet. This year's highlight for many has been our Senior Production of 'Beauty and the Beast', with a third of our Senior students performing and the stage management, sound and lighting all student-led.
Please click on the 'Performing Arts in Action' page on the right to have a look.