Music & Drama

At RSD we want pupils to have an experience of School which is memorable for all the right reasons. There is a huge commitment to extra-curricular and enrichment activities from the teaching staff and pupils alike and it is generally considered to be one of the most important ingredients in creating the ‘RSD spirit’. Whether it is events and activities organised by our many clubs and societies or trips abroad organised by Departments the School is always buzzing with activity and opportunity.

Around 200 RSD pupils are regularly involved in music with some learning an instrument for the first time while others are heading towards final examinations and certificates. The Junior Choir, Chamber Choir and Senior Choir perform at the major School events and in the community, delighting audiences with complex harmonies and a wide range of musical genres, as well as competing in festivals and regional competitions.

The Symphonic Wind Band and the Royal Strings, alongside the Pipe & Drums, various ensembles and solo performers, provide the backbone of the Spring Concert. Whether it is for pleasure or for academic study and a possible career, music plays a central role in pupils’ lives at RSD.

Drama is another favourite and the cast and crew of the School Play or Musical each year will often number around 100 pupils, with costumes, make-up, sound, lighting and set design every bit as involving as the acting or singing and dancing. Serious drama, comedy, the classics and favourite musicals, all have their turn on the RSD stage.

Drama also features in the Junior School with the Christmas Concert and the Year 10 House Drama competition allowing many of our stars of the future to take their bow.

Recent RSD productions include:

  • South Pacific
  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • The Wind in the Willows
  • Hello Dolly!
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Sister Act – coming Nov 2018!

Tom Sawyer

Christmas Carol Service

Hello Dolly

Christmas Concert

Tom Sawyer

Christmas Carol Service

Hello Dolly

Christmas Concert

Tom Sawyer

Christmas Carol Service

Hello Dolly

Christmas Concert

Hello Dolly

Christmas Concert

Hello Dolly

Christmas Concert

Hello Dolly

Christmas Carol Service

Christmas Concert

Hello Dolly

Christmas Carol Service

The Christmas Concert

Last night RSD presented our ‘Christmas Concert’, a superb showcase of music, drama and dance. It was a fantastic evening of great entertainment!

Christmas Concert

Royal School Dungannon presents our Christmas Concert – a showcase of music, drama and dance. This will be held in RSD on Wednesday 12th December at 7.30pm and is sure to be a fun and festive evening.

Sister Act

The curtains have closed on yet another extremely successful Royal School Dungannon theatrical production. Audiences were transported to a world of habits and humour by the divine musical comedy ‘Sister Act!’, based on the 1992 hit film featuring Whoopi Goldberg.

Bagpipes & whistles!

A musical treat from our peripatetic tutor, Mark Carmichael, Year 8 pupils enjoyed hearing the versatility of both bagpipes and whistle.

Ulster Orchestra Masterclass

We recently had the pleasure to welcome Danny McCann-Williams from the Ulster Orchestra to RSD to give a violin masterclass to one of our Year 13 pupils, Emily Hayes.

Choral win at Dungannon Festival

Congratulations go to both our Junior and Chamber RSD choirs for their success at the Dungannon Speech and Music Festival. The festival ran from Monday 5th – Wednesday 14th March. Both choirs were placed first in their categories.

Dion attends Emil Dale Academy workshop

Year 13 pupil Dion Di Maio was successful in obtaining a place at a workshop held in the Grand Opera House on 20th January.

Chamber Choir spread festive cheer at Dungannon Care Home

The Chamber Choir visited Dungannon Care Home on Friday 15th December to sing carols for the residents.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

This year’s school production of ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ transported audiences back to America’s Mid-West in the 1840’s, where all enjoyed the tale of young, troublesome Tom Sawyer growing up along the Mississippi river for three nights from 9th-11th of November 2017.

Rehearsals for ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’

Tickets for this year’s play, ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ by Mark Twain, are now on sale. It will take place over three nights from Thursday 9th November through to Saturday 11th November.

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