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A Unique Theatrical Treat

Pupils visit theatre to watch a production of HMS Pinafore conducted by their form tutor

David Wright has been Head of Brass at Charterhouse since 1988, alongside which he has been a musical pillar of the Surrey community. As Musical Director of the Godalming Operatic Society (GOS), he continues a long tradition of Charterhouse staff who have held the baton – in fact, every GOS production since 1925 has been conducted by a member of the School’s Music Department.


David Wright onstage at the Leatherhead Theatre with members of his Year 9 form, and his Sixth Form tutees

On Wednesday 17 February, GOS performed the Gilbert & Sullivan classic HMS Pinafore, full of typically witty lyrics and memorable tunes. It was staged in an innovative new production, which included the lesser-known operetta Trial by Jury performed as an ‘on-deck entertainment’ for Captain Corcoran and the ship’s crew, between Acts I and II. The shows were David’s fifth production with GOS; he is also Musical Director of the Godalming Youth Orchestra (with which a number of pupils perform) and Life President of the Godalming Music Festival (which regularly hosts events at Charterhouse).

David, who also served as Housemaster of Hodgsonites for eleven years, commented: “It can be tiring combining teaching with outside conducting, but music ought to be at the heart of every community, and it was great fun taking my own form of Year 9 boys along to watch this new production. Their excitement to meet the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee at the end suggests that they rather enjoyed it!”

Charterhouse is privileged to partner with a number of local schools and organisations as part of its arts programmes, including annual ‘Arty Mornings’ and a series of regular music assemblies for local primary schools.

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