Performing Arts

Performing Arts

The King’s Hospital Performing Arts Department encompasses Drama, Music, Artistic Performance and Dance. In addition to Drama and Music tuition, students are given access to a variety of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities to enable their talents in the Performing Arts to flourish during their time at The King’s Hospital. These activities are integral to the whole-school experience and provide students with the ability to express their individuality and creativity whilst gaining valuable life skills. Personal ambition is deeply encouraged at The King’s Hospital and our programme supports those who aspire to a career in the Performing Arts to assess their potential and identify access routes for third level study and beyond. Whether for professional advancement or just for fun, involvement in Performing Arts throughout the school journey provides an enriching experience for both the students and the wider school community.


Open Day Performing Arts

350 show highlights

KH Music and Drama students perform with West End Musical ‘Shrek’ stars.

TY Performing Arts video 2021 2022

Performing Arts Facilities
300 seater Wilson Wright Theatre
State-of-the-art Dance Barn
Professional Recording Studio
Extra-Curricular Performing Arts Activities

Chapel Choir – Mr Kelly
The red and white robed Choir is a distinctive feature of Chapel services in The King’s Hospital School. In addition to Chapel, the choir performs at annual events such as Charter Day, Confirmation, Harvest Festival, Carol Service and special services at St.Patrick’s Cathedral. The choir also competes in choral competitions throughout the country. All students, whether attending private singing lessons or not, have the opportunity to audition for the choir at the beginning of term.

Orchestra – Ms Wright
The KH Orchestra is an integral aspect of the music department at The King’s Hospital School. Students learn to refine their musical skills and perform as an ensemble by rehearsing in junior and senior sectionals, as well as one group session per week. The Orchestra features at events and performances throughout the school year. Students are welcome to audition for the Orchestra at the beginning of the school term and all music tuition students are encouraged to do so.

Vocal Ensemble – Victoria Warwick
The King’s Hospital Vocal Ensemble is a smaller group made up of senior vocalists and those receiving singing lessons at the school. The group sing a wide range of repertoire, from contemporary a cappella music to well-known classical chamber music. The group is directed by Ms Victoria Warwick who has years of professional experience as a professional ensemble singer. Vocal Ensemble rehearse every Thursday at 8am.

Jazz Band – Mr Hardy
If you can play an instrument or simply love to sing, and would like to join a fun and innovative band, there is an ‘open door’ policy to the school Jazz Band. The Jazz Band practices in the mornings and plays at all concerts and special occasions in the school. The band has also graced the stage of the National Concert Hall on many occasions supporting their band leader, Mr Dave Hardy.

Dance – Damien Guthrie
Dance classes take place weekly, under the instruction of professional dance teacher and choreographer Damien Guthrie. All students are welcome to join and no previous experience is necessary. A variety of dances are taught, such as: Jazz, Tap, Modern Ballet & Hip Hop. Dance students are given the opportunity to audition for choreographed events such as the school musical and various events throughout the year.

School Play and Musical – Performing and Behind the scenes.
All students are invited to audition for the School Play and the School Musical. These two wonderful events take place on alternate years in our 300 seater theatre, the Wilson Wright Hall.

As well as performers, a large team of students are involved in all the areas of these performances; from scriptwriting, costume design, lighting and sound to prop-making and stage artwork.

Performance Opportunities

  • Opportunities to perform include: Perform Ireland in the RDS,
  • Briary Gap All-Ireland Drama and Light Entertainment Festival in Cork,
  • Wesley Music Festival,
  • Newpark Music Festival,
  • The King’s Hospital Piano recital festival,
  • Speech and Drama Teaches’ Festival,
  • Moate Drama Festival,
  • Patrick’s Cathedral Services,
  • The KH Talent Show,
  • End-of -year Drama and Music Concerts,
  • Bluecoat day,
  • Numerous Chapel services and in-house events.

Jazz Band Lockdown project

Orchestra Lockdown project


The TY Performing Arts strand is an opportunity for transition Year Students to develop a wide range of skills and explore many possible career opportunities in the field of arts. The course is led by Mrs. O’ Reilly (Director of Performing Arts) and Mr Kelly (Head of Music), with input from Mr Hickey (Drama), Mr Mullan (Music Technology) and Mr Hardy (Rhythm & Percussion). We are delighted to be joined by industry professionals and experts such as Michael West, Lisa Tierney Kehoe, Gary Cooke, Faye O’Rourke, James Smith, Suzanne Savage and Marcus Lamb.

You can watch this short video to get an idea of what is involved:

TY Performing Arts video 2021 2022

The course will consist of weekly classes in dance & movement, drama, musicianship, music technology and vocal performance. In addition to this you will have the opportunity to explore new skills such as rhythmic awareness, choral composition and scriptwriting.

Focus Weeks

Throughout the year we will have weeks dedicated to one topic or task, allowing us to focus on specific skills. The focus weeks in the first term are:

Contemporary Music & Music Industry, ‘Hands on Shakespeare’, Devising & Scriptwriting Preparing for Perform Ireland in the RDS.

Future focus weeks planned include: Camera Work, Acting and auditioning,  Voice & Communication, All-Ireland TY Drama competition and more!

All students will partake in the RIAM Drama exams and their drama tuition will be embedded into the programme. Please choose ‘Drama Tuition – TY Performing Arts Strand’’ to cover the cost of this tuition for the year.

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