A group of students and teachers representing both Dulwich College Yangon campuses flew to Beijing to take part in the annual MADD Festival, hosted by Dulwich College Beijing. The name MADD signifies the areas of Music, Art, Dance and Drama, with film also being included in the programme in this year’s event. The Festival saw students from across the Dulwich College International network of schools spending 3 days creating and collaborating with top international practitioners across these performing arts disciplines.
The 3 days flew by in a whirlwind of rehearsals, creativity and all manner of artistic endeavour in preparation for a gala concert at the end of the final day. All students rose to the occasion and the concert finale was especially momentous, with participants from art, drama, dance and film joining the choir to boost the vocal forces. Australian composer Paul Jarman, who has worked memorably with various Dulwich schools over the past few years, was commissioned to compose a piece for choir and orchestra. The result was a moving and colourful piece of music describing the history of cinema with many references in text and music to children’s films- a fitting end to a memorable festival.