The 2016 Dulwich Festival of Music brought together talented young musicians from across Asia. The four-day festival gave students the opportunity to work with practitioners from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and their peers from other Dulwich College International schools.
The Dulwich College International family of schools partners with leading universities and organisations to provide exceptional opportunities for students to learn directly from performing arts practitioners. Four of the musicians from the RNCM in Manchester have been artists in residence, working with music students in Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore for a number of months leading up to the Dulwich Festival of Music. On Friday 11 November, festival participants were treated to a dazzling performance by the RNCM Session Orchestra conducted by the Head of Popular Music Mr Andy Stott. This performance demonstrated the musicianship and professionalism of the festival mentors. The musicians from the RNCM worked with students throughout festival and performed alongside them at the gala concert.
The 2016 festival also incorporated the Dulwich College International Musician of the Year competition, featuring the nine extraordinary talented soloists. The competition saw Year 8 flautist Judith L from Dulwich College Seoul named the 2016 Musician of the Year with a flawless performance of Chaminade’s Concertino in D, Op. 107.
The theme for this year’s Dulwich Festival of Music was Living in the City, a tribute to the work of Stevie Wonder. The theme set the repertoire for the festival and the gala concert: Stevie Wonder classics were adapted by the Dulwich College International Music departments in collaboration with the RNCM Session Orchestra to feature orchestral and choral elements. The ambitious repertoire incorporated a choir, strings ensemble, woodwind section, percussionists, electric piano, brass ensemble, rock bands and vocalists.
The festival was hosted by Dulwich College Shanghai and the gala concert was performed in the Mei Lan Fang theatre on Saturday 12 November. The performance was the culmination of the work over the course of the festival and the months preceding it. The sold out concert was live streamed to audiences around the world, with the audience in Shanghai dancing to classics such as Superstition and Sir Duke.
Dulwich College International would like to thank the Royal Northern College of Music for making this year’s Dulwich Festival of Music an unforgettable learning experience. Thanks are also due to the students for their participation and endless enthusiasm and to the concert audiences, particularly the visiting parents, for their support.
Over the past ten years students from the Dulwich College International schools have been privileged to work with the world famous Vienna Boys Choir. On 29 October students from the Dulwich College Suzhou Piccolo, Carreras and Domingo choirs performed with the Vienna Boys Choir at the Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre.
The Vienna Boys Choir is a choir of boy sopranos and altos based in Vienna, Austria. The group comprises approximately 100 choristers between the ages of ten and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs, named after Austrian composers Bruckner, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. Together they perform about 300 concerts each year before almost 500,000 people.
Dulwich College International’s established relationship with the Vienna Boys Choir led to a special invitation to join their rehearsals and perform three pieces with them on stage at their evening concert in Suzhou. 166 Dulwich College Suzhou students from five to eleven years old took part in this once in a lifetime experience.
"I felt proud representing the school and singing with the famous Vienna Boys Choir. The show was awesome!" said Dulwich College Suzhou student Andy. Another student, Renee, said: "I was smiling the whole time, I knew all the words and I was super excited. It was so fun, thank you so much."
Dulwich College International thanks the conductor of the Bruckner Vienna Boys Choir, Mr Manolo Cagnin, for inviting students to join his rehearsals and to perform with his world-renowned choir.
Enjoy seeing some of the performance here:
Dulwich College Suzhou hosts artist in residence Dominic Peckham
Last week Dominic Peckham led a series of workshops with students, staff and parents at Dulwich College Suzhou. Dominic is regarded as one of the UK’s finest dynamic conductors and choral specialists. Hailed as ‘one of the most exciting conductors of his generation’, he is an ambassador for choral music known for his performances and extensive pioneering educational work.
Over the course of the week Dominic facilitated workshops with groups of students of all ages. He encouraged students to perform and built their confidence so that some could lead their peers in performance. Dominic also led professional learning workshops for staff. In these sessions, Dominic focused on confidence and collaboration. He emphasised the importance of staff supporting one another and recognising their strengths. His aim was to involve everyone in activities and for all those he worked with to open up and take part.
Year 12 Dulwich College Suzhou student Chris B said:
“I thoroughly enjoyed working with Mr Peckham as he gave me a feeling of confidence, through his attitude and words. He helped me to think about performing with less concern about what other people will think of my performance. I have learned to perform with a bit more confidence and also learnt a few techniques to improve my beatboxing!”
Rebecca Shah-Harvey, Head of Year 3 and 4 described Dominic’s workshops as “inspiring for both children and teachers”. “Nothing feels more daunting than getting up on stage and making sounds you might normally associate with a zoo. However, Dominic Peckham has a way of bringing out an inner confidence that makes you let go of those nerves and just enjoy it. Working together to create a sound, you are not concerned with how good it is, but rather how you come together as a team, communicate and give it all you’ve got!”
Top of China – more great news on the exam front!
We are delighted to announce that three of our students have been given special Cambridge Outstanding Learners Awards for receiving the highest mark in China in their iGCSE examinations. Brandon for Computer Science; Lyndsey for Geography and joint highest with Xin Yi for English Literature. This just goes to demonstrate the strength of teaching across the board at Dulwich College Suzhou and is the fourth year in a row that at least one of our students has received the highest in China or World awards.
Mr Stuart Bridge, Head of Senior School, commented: “We are absolutely thrilled with our results this year. This success is a great testament to the students’ own hard work, coupled with the enormous support given by the teaching staff at Dulwich College Suzhou. I am truly delighted for one and all!”
Our 10th annual DCSZ Junior Football Tournament was the biggest held so far, with 50 teams and approximately 500 Junior School students taking part across the Under 9 and Under 11 divisions. We welcomed both DC Shanghai Minhang and DC Beijing for the first time to the event, along with other returning schools travelling from across Suzhou, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Seoul.
The event was a fantastic showcase of Junior football, with a breadth of talent providing entertaining and thrilling competition. Over 80 of our young Tigers were involved, some representing the College in sport for the very first time. Particular highlights from our DCSZ teams included our Under 11 Girls 1 team regaining the Cup Winners trophy in their division for a second consecutive year, and our Under 9 Boys 1 team narrowly missing out on a similar achievement with a tense 11-10 penalty shootout with DC Shanghai Black.
Not only was the event a success in terms of the experience for all the students involved, but also the community atmosphere evident throughout was nothing short of superb. From the Under 14 boys and girls assisting as runners and ball boys, to our countless Dulwich FC Suzhou parent volunteers fulfilling various duties throughout the day, everybody involved across the DCSZ community can be proud of playing their part in a wonderful event.
We would like to thank all members of the DCSZ community who contributed to Saturday’s event. The creation and development of an excellent community spirit has been one of the most pleasing aspects of the Dulwich FC programme since its launch in August. It is a crucial pillar on which the programme is founded and the experience it provides our children. Go Tigers!
Junior Football Tournament – Selected Results
Under 11 Girls: Cup Winners
Under 9 Boys 1: D1 Cup Runners Up
Under 9 Girls: Cup 3rd Place
Under 9 Boys 2: D2 Cup Runners Up
Tracey Curtis-Taylor came to Dulwich College Suzhou, as part of the Shackleton Series of lectures, to inspire our students with a sense of adventure.
Tracey is an adventurer and aviatrix and talked to our students about grit, determination and courage and how that, and a sense of adventure, should be applied to everyday life.
In 2015 – 2016, in honour of Amy Johnsons’ flight from Britain to Australia, Tracey completed the 23,000km journey from Farnborough to Sydney in an open-cockpit plane. You can find out more about her adventures from her website http://www.birdinabiplane.com
The College was filled with students and parents today to meet some of the leading universities visiting our campus to give advise about university admissions. Visiting today were Bard College, Bennington College, California-Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Michigan State University, University of Cincinnati, XJTLU and York University.
We are dedicated to ensuring that all students who graduate from our schools are able to continue their education at the university of their choice and are equipped with the confidence and skills to succeed in their chosen path. Over 50% of our students are accepted in the top 100 universities in the world (QS World Rankings). Many of our students have gone on to study at leading tertiary institutions around the world, including Russell Group universities in the UK, Ivy League and US universities, Australia’s Group of Eight and the SKY Group in Korea.
Of our students attend their first choice university
IB average points compared to world average of 30
iGCSE examinations graded A*/A
Top in China Outstanding Cambridge Learner awards in 2016
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