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Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Established 1880
Type Public
Students 800+ [1]
Location London, England
Campus Urban
Affiliations City University, London[2]
Website http://www.gsmd.ac.uk/
Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Guildhall School of Music and Drama is an independent music and dramatic arts school which was founded in 1880 in London, England. Students can pursue courses in Music, Opera, Drama, Stage Management and Technical Theatre

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History

The first Guildhall School was housed in an old warehouse in Aldermanbury, but these premises soon proved too small. A new purpose-built building in John Carpenter Street was designed by City Architect Sir Horace Jones and opened in December 1886. It is owned by the City of London Corporation and takes its name from the Corporation's historic headquarters at the Guildhall, though it was never based there. Before 1935 it was known as the Guildhall School of Music. Since 1977 it has been situated next to the Barbican Arts Centre in the Barbican Complex.

Present day

The school has a Junior Department and its outreach activities won the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2005. The school was awarded a consecutive Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2007 in recognition of the outstanding achievements and work of the Opera Programme[3].

The School's performance facilities include a 308-seat drama and opera theatre, concert hall, lecture / recital hall and a small studio theatre. In addition, students of the school regularly perform in other London venues, including the Barbican Centre, the Bridewell Theatre (off Fleet Street), the Soho Theatre, the Swan (Stratford) and the Royal Court.

Future

In 2008 work began to redevelop the Milton Court complex, which is near to the School's main building and part of which has been used by the School for several years. The new 48-floor building, funded by the City of London and developed by Heron International, will house a 650-seat concert hall, a 220-seat theatre and a 90-seat studio theatre, as well as studios for television, radio, teaching, rehearsal, office and support services. The extension to the School is estimated to cost around £90million.

Alumni

For a full list see Category:Alumni of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Notable staff

Trinity Guildhall

In 2004, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama's external examinations department merged with the performing arts examinations division of Trinity College London to form Trinity Guildhall Examinations. Today, Trinity Guildhall offers qualifications in performing and teaching in areas such as music, speech and drama, and dance to external students.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Preparing for peak performance". http://www.gsmd.ac.uk/school/introduction.html. Retrieved 2009-10-09.  
  2. ^ "Guildhall School of Music & Drama The Guardian". http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2009/may/10/universityguide-guildhall-school-music-drama. Retrieved 2009-10-09.  
  3. ^ Guildhall School of Music & Drama: Guildhall School Opera Programme wins the Queen's Anniversary Prize 2007

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Established 1880
Type Public
Students 800+ [1]
Place London, England
Campus Urban
Website http://www.gsmd.ac.uk/

Guildhall School of Music and Drama is a school for music and drama in London, England. It was founded in 1880. Students can study Music, Opera, Drama, Stage Management and Technical Theatre.

History

The first Guildhall School was in an old warehouse, but it was soon too small. A new building was especially built and opened in 1886. Before 1935 it was known as the Guildhall School of Music. Since 1977 it has been next to the Barbican Arts Centre in the Barbican Complex.

The Guildhall School does not just teach students at the school. They also organize music examinations in the whole of Britain for anyone learning musical instruments. In 2004 these examinations joined with those of Trinity College London to form Trinity Guildhall Examinations. Today, Trinity Guildhall offers qualifications in performing and teaching in music, speech and drama, and dance to external students (students who are not studying at the school).


Today the school has a 308-seat drama and opera theatre, concert hall, lecture / recital hall and a small studio theatre. The students of the school regularly perform all over London. In 2008 work began on a large extension to the School. It will cost about £90 million.

Famous musicians who studied there include the trumpeter Alison Balsom, the composer Thomas Adès, the flautist Sir James Galway, the pianist Paul Lewis, the violinist Tasmin Little and the singers Kate Royal and Bryn Terfel.

References

  1. "Preparing for peak performance". http://www.gsmd.ac.uk/school/introduction.html. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 

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