- 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
It is a well known conservatoire and one of the leading music and drama institutions in the world. Students can pursue courses in Music, Opera, Drama, Stage Management and Technical Theatre
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 ArchitectSir Horace Jones, built by John Mowlem & Co and opened in December 1886. It is owned and funded by the Corporation of London 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 next to the Barbican Arts Centrein the Barbican Complexbuilt in the 1960s–70s.
The school has a Junior Department and its outreach activities won the
Queen's Anniversary Prizein 2005. The school was awarded a consecutive Queen's Anniversary Prizein 2007 in recognition of the outstanding achievements and work of the Opera Programme [ [http://www.gsmd.ac.uk/school/home/news_single_view.html?tx_ttnews%5Bpointer%5D=3&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=252&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=319&cHash=48f697491f Guildhall School of Music & Drama: Guildhall School Opera Programme wins the Queen's Anniversary Prize 2007 ] ] .
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 theatres, including the
Barbican Centre, the Bridewell Theatre (off Fleet Street), the Soho Theatre, the Swan (Stratford) and the Royal Court.
In 2010, the Guildhall School plans to open its new building on the existing Milton Court site, adjacent to
City Point. The 48-floor building, funded by the City of Londonand built by Heron International, will include new world-leading facilities, including 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 school’s extension is estimated to cost around £40million and the City of Londonhopes that the return from additional development on the site – a slim, residential tower above the school’s complex - should substantially contribute to this cost. The initial building costs for the entire scheme are estimated to be approximately £100m.
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* 1950's - 1960's
* John Holgate
* Daniel Roberts
* Rowland Hill
* Rex Walters
* Joan Wildeblood
* Dorothy Dayas
* Ambrose Marriot
* Rhona Laurie
* Yfrah Neaman
* Max Rostal
* Norman Del Mar
* William Pleeth
John Hosier(Principal 1978-89)
* Richard Baker
In 2004, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama's external examinations department merged with the performing arts examinations division of
Trinity College Londonto form Trinity GuildhallExaminations. Today, Trinity Guildhall offers qualifications in performing and teaching in areas such as music, speech and drama, and danceto external students.
* [http://www.gsmd.ac.uk Guildhall School of Music and Drama website]
* [http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/media_centre/files2006/City+selects+preferred+Milton+Court+developer.htm City selects preferred Milton Court developer] (June 2006)
* [http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/media_centre/files2006/GSMD_Milton.htm Guildhall School seeks new extension] (February 2006)
* [http://www.trinitycollege.co.uk/site/?id=233 Trinity Guildhall at the Trinity College, London]
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