James Allen’s Girls’ School celebrates new music centre

The ISC has reported that an independent school in East Dulwich has opened a state-of-the-art music centre

James Allen’s Girls’ School in East Dulwich had the pleasure of officially opening its new Community Music Centre on 16 September.

The opening saw two concerts being performed, put on by the school and the local community. Special guest Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music, and actor Toby Jones were in attendance. The latter compered one of the two concerns.

The concerts showcased music composed by former and present James Allen’s students, alongside two works composed by the school’s director of music, Peter Gritton.

In the week leading up to the grand opening, pupils of the school were able to participate in a range of musical performances in and around the new centre, culminating in a celebration of singing.

The centre was created to provide the school and local community with complete facilities for music of all genres, from orchestral and choral through to contemporary bands and soloists.

The Vaughan Williams Auditorium has capacity to seat audiences up to 500 people and coasts professional lighting and sound equipment. There will also be ample space for performers to rehearse ahead of their shows, with an impressive 15 practice rooms.

Head teacher at James Allen’s Girls’ School, Sally-Anne Huang said:

“We are delighted that our new music centre is now open. We have already hosted a number of successful events with local groups and businesses and look forward to continuing to do so. This is not just about JAGS, this centre is for everyone to enjoy music.”

“Thank you to all the performers and our special guests for these two wonderful concerts and to the many donors and staff who helped us to realise this project.”

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