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Old Dovorians

Dover College’s old pupils – the Old Dovorians – have a dedicated website where keeping in touch is made simple, so please take a look at their site

Famous Old Dovorian Dai Fujikura returns

 Dai Fujikura meets his old Housemaster Mike Vanderhoeven.

Dai Fujikura visited his old school Dover College

 Photo copyright to Jules Serkin at Press Up.

Dai Fujikura, famous modern classical music composer and ex-pupil from Dover College, came back to his roots. Dai’s international fame is to be documented by a Japanese producing company. Dover College played an important part in helping Dai develop his confidence and individual talent by allowing him to throw himself into his music.

Here is what his old Housemaster, Mr Vanderhoeven, said: ” Dai was a delightful young man from the moment he joined us. He had very little English but was clearly a prodigious musical talent. He played the piano and scored one of the highest marks ever awarded for the grade 8 piano examination. When he was with us he was absolutely no trouble at all. He is right that we were able to turn a blind eye to some of the things that he did, I would let him off games so that he could practise his music, which he did every day. Right from the start it was clear that he was going to be a professional musician and at the college we were keen to allow him to develop and to express himself. He was a very popular young man in our international community.  Then, like now, we had students from around the world and they all mixed and joined in together. His room mate was English but next door was a Norwegian and upstairs a French student. He became very close friends with a talented English student who had been a choral scholar and who ironically now works and lives in Japan!  It is always lovely to see our old pupils and we have followed Dai’s career with a mixture of pride and interest. We were delighted to have had the opportunity to take Dover College pupils to a world premiere of his work at the Royal Festival Hall, London, where we were able to suprise Dai. It was a memorable experience.”

To view the Meridian Television programme featuring Dai please follow this link:

Simon Cowell – where did it all go right?

A television production company came to Dover College to interview Simon Cowell’s Housemaster at the time, Mr George Matthews. The crew came with a small hand-held camera and took various shots of the grounds and buildings, including Leamington House where Simon used to board as a boy. The show was broadcast on Sky television and can be viewed on You Tube.

Dover College has produced a number of very talented people in the world of the arts. Tyrone Power Snr, Anglo-American actor; Sir Frederic Ashton, Choreographer for the Royal Ballet; J-Lee Thompson, film director (the Guns of Navarone); George Lam, Hong Kong film star and singer; Michael Kuhn, film director; Guy East, film producer of Terminator 3 and of course Simon Cowell himself.

Famous Dover College Alumni

Dover College’s famous alumni – called Old Dovorians – include a range of war heroes, politicians, actors, film directors, business tycoons, television personalities and a choreographer, to name but a few. Here is a small sample of our famous Old Dovorians. To find out more about each person, please click on the names and you will be directed to Wikipedia.

Richard Arthur (1865–1932); Australian politician

Frederic Maugham, 1st Viscount Maugham (1866–1958); Lord Chancellor

Tyrone Power, Sr. (1869–1931), Anglo-American actor

Francis Newton Parsons (1875–1900); Victoria Cross recipient (Second Boer War)

Robert John Tillyard FRS (1881–1937); entomologist and geologist

H. P. M. Beames (1875–1948); engineer

Adrian Stoop (1883–1957); Rugby player after whom the Stoop Memorial ground is named

Arthur Leyland Harrison (1886–1918); Victoria Cross recipient (Zeebrugge Raid) and England Rugby International

The Most Reverend Howard West Kilvinton Mowll DD (1890-1958); Archbishop of Sydney and Primate of Australia

Richard Aldington (1892–1962); writer and poet

Wilfred Neville (1894–1916); led the East Surrey’s “Football Charge” at the Somme

General Sir Dallas Brooks (1896–1966); DSOZeebrugge Raid; Governor of Victoria – 1949-1963

Air Marshal Sir Hugh Walmsley KCB, KCIE, CBE, MC, DFC (1898-1985); Chief of the Air Staff (India)

Brian Vesey-Fitzgerald (1900-1981); writer of books about British wildlife

Sir Frederick Ashton OM, CH, CBE (1904–1988); choreographer of the Royal Ballet

Edgar Christian (1908–1927); see Cold Burial published in 2002

Group Captain John Hamar “Johnnie” Hill CBE (1912-1997); Squadron Commander of 504 Squadron and 222 Squadron RAF in 1940

Squadron Leader Michael Casano MC (1913-2006); Commander of No 2 Armoured Car Company RAF

Colonel Terence Otway DSO (1914–2006); CO of 9 Para on D-Day (Merville Battery)

J. Lee Thompson (1914–2002); film director

Sir Derek Palmar (1919–2006); chairman of Bass Brewery

Admiral Sir Peter White GBE (b. 1919); Chief of Fleet Support

Sir Donald Luddington KBE, CMG, CVO (1920-2009); British colonial government official

The Reverend Mark Turnham Elvins, OFMCap (b. 1939); acting Warden of Greyfriars, Oxford 2007/8

Michael Welsh (b. 1942); Conservative politician

George Lam (b. 1947); Hong Kong film star and singer

Sir Peter Torry GCVO, KCMG (b. 1948); British Ambassador to Germany

Michael Kuhn (b. 1949); film director

Guy East (b. 1951); film producer

Simon Cowell (b. 1959); TV personality

Achim Steiner (b. 1961); executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme

Dai Fujikura (b. 1977); composer of contemporary classical music