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Performing Arts

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'We believe that music and the arts are central to the emotional development and wellbeing of our young people. We lead the way by offering some of Ireland’s most outstanding music and drama facilities. And we offer an extraordinary range of creative activities so that everyone has a chance to discover the joy of performance, participation and play.'  Head of Arts & Culture - Kerrie O'Reilly

New for 2020/21 - The King's Hospital Tiny School Desk

Launched in September 2020 to ensure our students can continue to participate in our tradition of "Friday Performances", the KH Tiny School Desk encourages students with a passion for the Performing Arts to showcase their talents . All students are welcome to participate with a new performance going live every Friday on 'The King's Hospital School Official' Youtube channel. Performances to date have included music, drama and poetry from students within all year groups.

View the KH Tiny School Desk performances here

Performing Arts

In addtion to Speech & Drama and Music tuition, we provide a wonderful programme of Performing Arts activities for students to engage with before, during and after school. We seek to enhance the positive emotional and educational effects of taking part in artistic and cultural pursuits for all of our students by positive engagement both within the school and the wider community. Activities included in school fee:

  • Choir
  • Jazz Band
  • Dance
  • Orchestra
  • Artistic Performance
  • ‘Behind the Scenes’ for musicals, plays and concerts

View these activities on the SPACE schedule here or sign up for your chosen activities on SOCS Co-Curricular here


Our music department is one of the best in the country. We offer our students expert tuition in 11 instruments from classical and jazz to rock and hip-hop. We prepare our students for the Royal Irish Academy music exams in instruments, singing, music theatre and music theory as well as the Rock School Music Exams. The King's Hospital Music Department brings young people of all ages together to play in our orchestra, jazz band and choirs and encourages them to form their own bands, compose and record their music in our recording studio.
The students perform in concerts, competitions and choral recitals throughout the yea,r along with entertaining the school community in Chapel and our 300-seat Wilson-Wright Centre for Performing Arts.

Please click here for the online Application Form for Music Lessons 2020-21

  • Individual Music / Singing Lessons: €1080 per year
  • Joint Lessons (if available): €560 per year
  • Group Lessons (if available): €380 per year
  • Tuition can be paid in two half-year installments

Why take Music Lessons in School?

HelenRoycroft.jpgHelen Roycroft
Head of Music, Vocal and Piano teacher and Choirmistress




Miriam-Wright.jpgMiriam Wright
Head of Academic Music and Orchestra




Dave-Hardy.jpgDave Hardy
Percussion and Brass Music teacher and Jazz Band leader





Lisa-Cunningham.jpgLisa Cunningham
Academic Music and Wind Instrument teacher





Dave-Mullan.jpgDave Mullan
Academic Music and Guitar teacher




Jonathan-Healy.jpgJonathan Healy
Piano Teacher and Organist




Tracy-ODonnell.jpgTracy O’Donnell
Piano Teacher




Christine Meehan
Violin Teacher

Speech & Drama Department

Our students learn to express themselves with confidence through play, group work, text analysis and theatrical stagecraft. We perform in competitions around the country and showcase our talents in our on-campus theatre by performing in plays, musicals and concerts. Students are encouraged to test their knowledge and acting skills in the RIAM Speech and Drama grade exams.

Please click here for the online Application Form for Speech & Drama Lessons 2020-21

  • Individual Lessons €1080 per year
  • Group Lessons €380 per year
  • 6th Form Individual Lessons Sept – March €400

Why take Speech and Drama Lessons in School?

Kerrie-OReilly.jpgKerrie O'Reilly
Head of Arts and Culture and Speech & Drama Teacher




Dessie-Hickey.jpgDessie Hickey
Speech & Drama and Artistic Performance Teacher




anderson_0.jpgAnderson de Souza

Dance Teacher 




Gary-Cooke.jpgGary Cooke 
Guest Teacher and Collaborator





Michael-Glenn-Murphy.jpgMichael Glenn Murphy
Guest Collaborator



Marcus-Lamb.jpgMarcus Lamb
Guest Teacher





Michael-West.jpgMichael West
Guest Teacher Guest Collaborator