Dulwich College Suzhou hosts artist-in-residence Dominic Peckham

In late October Dominic Peckham led a series of workshops with students, staff and parents at Dulwich College Suzhou. Hailed as "one of the most exciting conductors of his generation," he is an ambassador for choral music known for his performances and pioneering educational work.

Over the course of the week Dominic facilitated workshops with groups of students of all ages, encouraging them to perform and build their confidence so that some could lead their peers in performance.

Dominic also led professional learning workshops for staff, in which he focused on confidence and collaboration. He emphasised the importance of staff supporting one another and recognising each other's strengths.

Year 12 Dulwich College Suzhou student Chris B said, I thoroughly enjoyed working with Mr Peckham, as he gave me a feeling of confidence, through his attitude and words. He helped me think about performing with less concern about what other people will think of my performance. I have learned to perform with a bit more confidence and also a few techniques to improve my beat boxing!”

Rebecca Shah-Harvey, Head of Year 3 and 4, described Dominic’s workshops as “inspiring for both children and teachers”, adding, "Nothing feels more daunting than getting up on stage and making sounds you might normally associate with a zoo. However, Dominic Peckham has a way of bringing out an inner confidence that makes you let go of those nerves and just enjoy it. Working together to create a sound, you are not concerned with how good it is, but rather how you come together as a team, communicate and give it all you’ve got.”