Dramatic Occasions
Dragon pupils have the opportunity to perform in a variety of plays,
musicals and dramatizations. This year these have included:
from Around the World
(Year 4); Poetry in Motion (Year 5);
the World in Eighty Days
(Year 6);
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Little Shop of Horrors
(Year 7 and 8)
Peter Allwood
Peter Allwood joined the Dragon in September 2011
after spending 10 years as Headmaster of Lichfield
Cathedral School. Dragons Today asked him about
his passion for music and teaching at the Dragon.
How is music at the Dragon unique and what would
you like to bring to it?
An extraordinary number of children at the Dragon
are keen to learn instruments and play or sing in
ensembles. As Dragons are confident, the standards
achieved are remarkably high. I would like to
introduce Dragons to a wide variety of genres of
music and inspire them to appreciate the process
of creating music. Alongside the current range of
ensembles at the Dragon, I would like children
to have the experience of playing in a symphony
orchestra. I feel that every child should have the
opportunity to make music a part of his or her life,
and I would like the Dragon to reach out to others
who are not as fortunate as our own pupils.
What are your musical passions?
To prove that nobody is tone deaf and to help
everybody believe they have something worthwhile to
share when singing or playing music. With an interest
in the theatre as well as the voice, I have a particular
passion for Romantic opera. I love the simplest Tudor
motets, English baroque viol fantasias, Mozart string
quintets and Chopin ballades – and I also love jazz,
jazz funk and the reggae beat.
What does a child gain by learning to play a
musical instrument?
Children learn so much: physical co-ordination,
listening skills, communication, interpretation, social
interaction, organisation, confidence, self-esteem and
an aesthetic appreciation. Research shows that musical
development significantly aids memory; increased
co-ordination between the left and right hemispheres
of the brain aid spatial and linguistic processing skills.
Of course, we all know that music can be generally
calming and therapeutic, and that there is every
reason why musical learning should run in parallel
with other learning, particularly during stressful
periods in our lives.
How can parents encourage their children to
appreciate music?
Children who have a love of music normally hear
a lot of music played at home – usually recordings
of their parents’ favourite music. Music
that becomes familiar becomes much
loved, and music
loved is music that
will feed the spirit
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