Carnegie Hall 2018

Day 1

Wednesday morning at 7:30 we all met at Jubilee Hall. It was very cold and we all were a little bit tired but everyone was very excited for New York. When everyone had arrived and all the suitcases were stowed in the bus, the trip began. The bus ride was about an hour, sometimes there was some traffic but in the end, we arrived at the airport. We checked in and went through the security check. Unfortunately, the flight was delayed but after one hour we were up and away for a long flight...

On the plane, there were TVs and music and everybody was sitting in their seats. After the plane took off people started switching seats to sit next to their friends. The flight took eight hours and there was a lovely mixture and choice of food. The flight at some points got REALLY bumpy. At the end, we landed in NYC and everybody was so happy and started clapping.

We arrived at the hotel at around 5pm.  We checked into our rooms and we were all so excited! We had an hour to organise our room and empty our bags. 

After a long day of traveling and settling into out rooms, we all went out to dinner at Shake Shack, the jetlag slowly kicking in. We started the trip off with some traditional American food and ate some well-deserved burgers, fries and milkshakes. Half asleep we walked back to the hotel. 

When we got back we all took showers and changed into our pajamas. We talked for a while and finally went to bed early, ready for a fresh start the next day.

Hermine, Ariana, Rony and Moeka


Day 2

After a quick and early breakfast, we took the subway to a church in Amsterdam Ave. There we met up with other Dwight campuses from New York, Seoul and Shanghai. The choirs and musicians rehearsed enthusiastically all day, as well as socializing and reuniting with students from other campuses.

In the evening, we got the opportunity to visit Times Square and watched the show Amy and the Orphans. It was a fun and interesting beginning to our trip.

Will and Tom


Roundhouse Theatre: Amy and the Orphans

After their father’s death, two unhinged siblings reunite with Amy, their movie-loving sister who has Down syndrome. Together, they career down the Great American Long Island Expressway, navigating entertainment malls, traffic jams and some family drama. An unexpected turn reveals the moment that changed their lives…and the fact that Amy may be the only one who knows her own mind.

We saw an emotional play that presented serious problems in a humorous way. With a great cast, the Roundabout Theater Company created an impressive performance with amazing lighting, movement and transitions.

“It was a nice story. I would not say that it was dramatic, but it truly touched me as the story progressed.”

Ran.M & Eleonore.D

Day 3

Today, we woke up at 6am to start getting ready for a day of rehearsals.

We went to the church and started rehearsing at about 8:30pm. We rehearsed until 12:30pm and then we went to have lunch at a Japanese restaurant which was absolutely delicious. After lunch, we did an instrumental rehearsal and we were improving a lot with the songs and were having so much fun!!!

It is 5pm now and we are chilling at the YMCA. At six we will be heading off to dinner and then travel into Times Square to watch the ‘School of Rock’ musical.

Tarkan and Jan

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Day 4

The day started at 7:15am. After a 30-minute train ride we arrived at Central Baptist Church where the other students were waiting for us. Rehearsals started soon after and while two of us rehearsed the songs, the other two went to practice with the orchestra. 

We worked very hard indeed for the whole day. Despite being tired and still a bit jetlagged, everyone did their best to concentrate and focus throughout the rehearsals.

It was such an amazing experience to hear voices in unison creating beautiful harmonies that would light up the sky with music. We also enjoyed a performance by the adult choir consisting of parents and teachers. Clara especially enjoyed their performance thoroughly. 

Later in the evening, we visited the Dwight New York campus for a party. We were impressed by the facilities and the hospitality of the New York students and teachers and enjoyed socializing with our fellow students from New York, Shanghai and Seoul.

Good night New York City, see you tomorrow...!

Mana, Haruna, Rena & Clara

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New York Carnegie Hall Music Trip from 7th – 15th February 2018

Stern Auditorium: The real thing!

After 4 years of proud and successful participation in the Dwight Schools annual concert at Carnegie Hall, 2018 is treating us with yet another very special opportunity: For the first time in The Dwight Schools’ history, students from London, Seoul, Shanghai and New York will swap Carnegie’s Zankel Hall for the most iconic stage in the world, Carnegie’s Stern Auditorium. It has a capacity of 2,804 and we are honored and grateful for the remarkable opportunity to perform on a stage famous for hosting the likes of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Dr Martin Luther King, Nina Simone and The Beatles – just to name a few. Furthermore, our concert on February 13th coincides with Chancellor Spahn's 50th anniversary of involvement in our school.

A Sky Full Of Music

As always, the musical items for Carnegie are selected and developed along a chosen theme – this year this is “A Sky Full Of Music”, encompassing music associated with space, the stars, planets, galaxies etc. involving all styles of music from classical to pop, rock and jazz.

Trip dates

The Dwight London Carnegie cohort will be flying out to New York on Wednesday 7th and return to London on Thursday 15th February 2018. Participating students will miss only 3 days of school due to the fact that the actual week of the performance falls into half term, which will make student participation potentially easier.


Just as in the previous years, our hotel will be the West Side YMCA, offering double and quad room accommodation, a pool, gym and a theatre. Apart from rehearsing and performing, we will tour the Juilliard School, visit museums and attend selected shows on and off Broadway. We will also spend a normal school day at Dwight School NY to get a taste of the similarities and differences between our schools, and of course, to socialise, make contacts, meet old friends and make new ones as well.


This year, the total cost to be paid by families will come to £1200 per participating student. The amount covers inclusively everything from flights, accommodation, meals and snacks to Broadway shows and activities. The trip fee is substantially subsidised by Dwight London and further funding may be available in individual instances.

Registration of interest

In the meantime, we would like to finalise and confirm the group of participating students. In order to be invited on this trip, students must be members of the choir or one of our musical ensembles at school, or be accomplished singers or instrumentalists in their own right. Please note that registrations will be reviewed and confirmed by Mr Kraft to become valid and that participants might be required to take part in a set of auditions. To avoid any compromise of the students’ academic progress at Dwight, the school has also put in place a system to monitor participation in multiple school trips per academic year. Please contact Mr Kraft for further details. Please use the form below to register your interest in this trip. Registration deadline will be Saturday 26th November.

Registration of interest form

Carnegie Hall solos

As in the previous years, each campus will be granted a slot for a solo performance in Carnegie Hall. Interested students need to audition to be considered for this and all auditions will be recorded on video and shared with Dwight New York. Dwight London auditions will take place on Tuesday 28th November during school hours. If you would like to audition for a solo, please see Mr Kraft for further details. Please note that your piece should fit in well with the concert’s theme “A Sky Full Of Music”.