Foundation Schools' Anniversary Requiem Concert, Royal Festival Hall

The three Dulwich Foundation Schools - Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and JAGS - came together in February to perform Britten’s War Requiem to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of the Great War and the pupils and staff who selflessly served their country between 1914 and 1918. Over 500 pupils, parents and friends of the Schools performed Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece, War Requiem, at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, joined by guest performers Jane Irwin, soprano, Robin Tritschler, tenor and Philip Tebb, baritone.

JAGS gets its first School Chaplain

For the first time James Allen’s Girls’ School has appointed an official school chaplain, previously, this role was covered on an ad hoc basis by the vicar of St Barnabas who is also Foundation Chaplain. Previous headmistresses have been reluctant to appoint an Anglican chaplain to the staff in view of the increasing multi-faith intake of the school. Not so Sally-Anne Huang the present headmistress, appointed in 2016. The new chaplain is Swiss-born Cecile Schnyder who will combine her new post with that of Priest-in-Charge of St Clement’s with St Peter’s, Dulwich. Unlike the chaplains at Alleyn’s and Dulwich College, the Revd. Anthony Buckley and the Revd Justin White, she will not have a teaching role.

Choristers Needed

St Barnabas Church is recruiting more boy and girl choristers to bring the strength of the Junior Choir (ages 6-8) up to 30 members. The choristers rehearse at St Barnabas Church on Fridays at 5pm under the direction of Dr William McVicker and Mr Riccardo Bonsi.

Children who might benefit from this singing activity, (followed by a pizza!) are encouraged to come along and join the fun. The junior choir has an amazing record of supplying choristers to Westminster Abbey, Temple Church, St Paul’s Cathedral, Chichester, Norwich, Truro and Ely Cathedrals and choral scholars to Durham, Bristol, Oxford and Cambridge universities.

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Dulwich and the Engelandvaaders

In the last issue of the Journal we reported the reprinting (in Dutch) of the wartime experiences of Bram Grisnight, a Dutch secret agent who lived with his comrades, termed ‘Engelandvaaders’ at Glenlea (now named Tappen House), Dulwich Common. After Bram gave a talk of these experiences to the Dulwich Society he was presented by the Society with a water colour by Audrey Macleod of Huize Anna as the house was code-named. Bram has said that on his death the painting will be hung in the Dutch War Resistance Museum.