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Performing Arts In Action

PERFORMING ARTS AT DUKE OF KENT SCHOOL

Our school Performing Arts Department brings drama, dance and music together in a powerful alliance. An exceptional range of opportunities, in and beyond the classroom, is open to all. Music, dance and drama are taught in every section of the School and Music and Drama are very popular options at GCSE. We are immensely proud of our participation levels: more than 80% of pupils participate in Performing Arts above and beyond our extensive curricular provision.

With just 300 pupils from 3-16 years, we have a thriving Arts scene: Jazz Band, Big Band, Bluegrass Band, Orchestra, Choirs (Rock, Senior Chamber, Senior, Junior), three vocal groups, instrumental groups (ocarina, ukulele, guitar, brass, string), rock bands, Music Tech, song-writing, Pre-prep/Prep Drama Clubs, Senior Musical, Ballet and Lyrical Dance Clubs, Cello Babies, Year 2 violins. At any time of day, pupils can be found improvising and rehearsing together, independently, in our PA Hall.

The Arts Calendar is buzzing: Senior Musical, Prep Christmas Concert, Pre-prep Nativities, Prep Production, Original Works Evening, Carol Concerts, Pre-prep Spring Concert and Dance Show, Music Assemblies. House Music sees every Senior and Prep pupil performing, with great house spirit.

Performing at Duke of Kent School is a joyful and eclectic business, encompassing a huge range of genres and activities. Please have a look below at some of the pupils' wonderful work.

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  • Songwriting Competition

    Published 19/11/20

    Maddie is trying to win the school a grand piano!

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  • VIRTUAL SUMMER CONCERT

    Published 15/07/20

    Our Summer Concert had to be a virtual one this year, streamed live on 27th June.

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  • PERFORMING ARTS IN ACTION!

    Published 15/07/20

    Watch a compilation of just some of our Performing Arts here:

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  • THE DUKE OF KENT SCHOOL ALBUM - VOLUME III

    Published 01/07/20

    Out Now -  featuring Prep and Senior Pupils raising money for charity.

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  • HOUSE MUSIC

    Published 18/02/20

    House Music brings School to a standstill

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  • G LIVE

    Published 18/02/20

    We are founder participants of the Rotary Guildford Combined Schools Concert and perform an eclectic and packed set annually at this professional venue in front of an audience of more than 1000 people.

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  • RAF CAROLS:

    Published 18/02/20

    St Clement Danes Church, The Strand, London.

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  • BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

    Published 18/02/20
    This was an amazing evening of dancing, singing and acting, involving over sixty pupils, directed by professional choreographer and our Teacher of Dance, Lisa Lee. We were proud that lighting and sound for this technically complex show was
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  • ORIGINAL WORKS EVENING

    Published 18/02/20

    We held our fifth ORIGINAL WORKS EVENING last year. It's a great showcase for our Years 9-11 creativity: photography, artwork, poetry, creative writing, songwriting and composition feature. Below you can hear Year 11 pupil Parsons' original song: 'Boys.Girls.Anywhere.'

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  • CHOIR TOURS

    Published 18/02/20

    In March 2020 members of our Senior Choir were due to visit Oslo, Norway to take part in our second Choir trip. Sadly it was popstponed due to COVID-19 but we hope we can run the trip next year instead. You can listen to a performance of Ubi Caritas below, which would have been sung on the trip.

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  • PRODUCTIONS, CONCERTS AND RECITALS

    Published 17/02/20

    A full range of performance opportunities is on offer for every pupil at school.

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  • PRE-PREP NATIVITY

    Published 18/12/19

    Every single pupil in our Pre-prep contributes to a dynamic, touching production, telling the story of Jesus's birth.

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