Dr William McVicker who is an organist for the Royal Festival Hall and knows a thing or two about choral performance in his capacity as Director of Music for St Barnabas with Christ’s Chapel, Dulwich said of the 450 performers “Surely this must have been one of the largest choirs ever to have sung at London’s Royal Festival Hall — the singers spilled out from the choir stalls beneath the majestic pipework of the concert organ on to the auditorium’s terraces, enveloping the orchestral sound with a lush and rich choral texture.” Hundreds of adult and child performers working together, led by three accomplished Directors of Music put on a vivid display of the musical talent of the three schools. Edward Alleyn would be proud of his legacy. GE Moore Lecture Series 2014 saw the inaugural lecture of the College’s 400th anniversary series named after OA GE Moore (1873 – 1958); one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century. This series is now in its third year and 2016 saw three lectures take place. Writer and broadcaster Dan Cruickshank explored the world of the Barry and Scott architectural dynasties in the 150th year of Charles Barry Jnr’s ‘New College at Dulwich’. Central to his theme was Barry’s use of ‘fusion’ architecture at time when authenticity and gothicism were the dominant influences of the age. The lecture took place in the Great Hall, and the Boardroom and Masters’ Library were also open for viewing. In May Professor Grace Ioppolo spoke about the importance of Henslowe and Alleyn’s writings and
Partnership who were interested in politics and current affairs were in attendance. Discussions on the potential ramifications of the Brexit vote, the implications of the Italian referendum, what Donald Trump’s election meant for global politics and even questioning a potential change in the British Ambassador to Washington were deliberated. Helen Hayes MP joined the Junior School assembly and talked about how humbled and proud she was when she was elected but how she would not like to be prime minister – she just wanted to be the best MP she could be for her constituency. The boys asked many testing questions including several about Brexit and Donald Trump. Edward Alleyn’s Gift: Foundation Schools’ Concert
The College welcomed the former Archbishop of Canterbury and current master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, Dr Rowan Williams to address a gathering of students from the College and other Southwark Schools, as well as visiting parents. The College was lucky enough to have Lily Owsley visit the school. Lily has recently returned from the Olympic Games in Rio with a gold medal as part of the GB Women’s Hockey Team.
The Politics Society invited Michael Portillo, a former politician in the governments of both Margaret Thatcher and later John Major to talk to the group. Students from Dulwich College, JAGS and members of the Southwark Schools Learning
In March the three Heads of the Foundation Schools hosted ‘Edward Alleyn’s Gift’, a joint concert in the Royal Festival Hall celebrating the 400th anniversary of the consecration of Christ’s Chapel.
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