Dulwich College Seoul’s combined choirs and musical ensembles totaling 120 students performed Christmas carols at the Seochu-gu campus on the evening of Dec. 10. The performers, who range in age from eight to 18 years, sang traditional Christmas carols such as “Deck the Halls” and “Joy to the World” as well as songs from “Polar Express,” a popular Christmas movie, among others.
The performance was designed to reinforce students' cultural awareness of Christmas and to create a community atmosphere among students of different ages and countries of origin through music. The students performed for parents, teachers and friends.
“Because music is a source of wonder and joy for many people, we provide a wide range of opportunities for students and the general public to experience it,” said Vera Mitford, director of music at Dulwich College Seoul. "This year, students will be able to build confidence through a series of Christmas concerts and give audiences a warm holiday season through their performances.”
The students started the season by singing carols to neighborhood seniors as part of an annual event for the local community on Dec. 5 at Blue Bird Children's Park opposite the school. They next spread cheer for the guests of the annual British Chamber of Commerce in Korea Christmas Lunch at the Conrad Seoul Hotel on Dec. 6.
Also, on Dec. 12, the students will conduct an open-to-the-public performance at Grand Intercontinental Seoul Parnas Hotel for about an hour from 6 p.m. Each Christmas season the school’s choirs sing for the community in public places such as parks, churches and hotels around Seoul.
Dulwich College is one of the UK's oldest independent schools, founded in South London as a boys’ school in 1619. Dulwich College International (DCI) was established to bring the Dulwich education to students around the world. Through DCI, Dulwich College has been in Asia for almost 15 years. The Dulwich network currently provides for over 7,200 students in 11 cities and five countries, with Colleges in London, the Pudong and Puxi districts of Shanghai, in Beijing, Suzhou, Seoul, Singapore and Yangon, International High Schools in Suzhou and Zhuhai, and a sister school in Dehong.
Dulwich College Seoul opened in 2010, steadily expanded its roll to accommodate over 650 students from age 3 to age 18, with over 40 different nationalities represented in diverse student body. Dulwich College Seoul is open to students who have one or two parents who do not have South Korean nationality as verified by an alien registration card and Korean family registry, as well as to Korean students who have lived overseas for no less than 3 years (1,095 days) as verified by the “Entry and Exit Certificate” issued by the Korean immigration department.