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Musical Legacies at Croydon High
One of Croydon High School’s most celebrated alumnae was Jacqueline du Pré, the world famous cellist. Jacqueline attended the school in the 1950’s when her incredible talent was already creating a stir in the world of classical music. The school has a sixth form music scholarship in her name and her legacy certainly lives on in a very real sense judging by the large number of cellists in the school. Currently 33 girls from the junior and the senior school have chosen to learn the ‘cello.
The interest in the instrument is, of course, partly due to the school’s association with the legendary cellist, but also stems from the fact that in Year 3 every single girl is given the opportunity to try either the violin or ‘cello with free tuition for a year. This scheme is funded thanks to the generosity of an ex-music teacher at Croydon High, Peggy Guillou, and her family who left a significant financial legacy to enable every girl in the school to be given the chance to start to play a musical instrument.
The inspiration and generosity of previous generations is certainly reaping rewards, judging by the love of performing and the sweet music that is very much alive at Croydon High.
Our picture shows 30 of the 33 cellists together with the previous Croydon High Head, Debbie Leonard.