Congratulations to Oundle pupil Serena Shah who, at the age of 17,
has been awarded a DipABRSM Diploma for her piano playing. Considered to be the
equivalent of the standard expected at the first year of an undergraduate music
degree, the Diploma is a significant achievement. Remarkably, one of the pieces
played for the Diploma; Le Chat et La
Souris (The Cat and The Mouse) by Aaron Copland, also won Serena the School’s
prestigious Hepburn prize.
For her diploma, Serena played:
2 Sonatas in G major (K259 and K260) by Scarlatti
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor (Op. 2, No. 1) by Beethoven
Impromptu No. 3 in Gb Major (Op. 51) by Chopin
Chat et La Souris (The Cat and The Mouse) by Aaron Copland
Serena, who also plays the violin and is working on her violin
diploma, will be taking her Grade 8 singing exams soon and has also recently
started playing the organ.
Serena is currently studying Maths, Further Maths, Economics,
Latin and Music at A level and whilst undecided on her future studies she
comments, “I know that music will always
be in my life.”
of Music, Quentin Thomas commented, “It
is a proud moment indeed when any person reaches the top of the music
examination ladder and attains Grade 8; wedded to the fulfilment is the
demonstration of independent learning, the honing of skills, dedication of
hours of sustained periods of practice along with everything that is healthy
with learning an instrument – multi-tasking, multi-processing, communication
skills, public performing, control of nerves, organisation, perseverance – it
speaks volumes for a person.
attaining a professional diploma is another league, and earning the right to
have a bunch of letters after your name on all documentation for the rest of
your life is testimony to the accolade of salutes and applause players deserve.
This is a fantastic achievement; warmest congratulations to Serena.”
School’s Music Department is a vibrant place with around 900 music lessons
being taught each week, over 30 ensembles, bands and orchestras rehearsing each
week, well over 150 performances a year, with regular tours, musicals and
recordings. Recent events include performing Mahler 8 at the Royal Festival
Hall, conducted by Bernard Haitink, and alongside the New London Orchestra at
St John Smith’s Square. Our musicians have recently been working with Nicholas
Daniel, Simon Channing, the SKAMPA Quartet, Lewis Kaplan, Francesca Dego and
Francesa Leonardi with the Chamber Orchestra performing Mendelssohn’s Concerto
for Piano and Violin. There are many forthcoming concerts and performances.
School’s partnership with The Royal College of Music was launched in January
2012 with the aim of enabling talented musicians from Oundle to work with RCM
professors and students for the mutual benefit of both institutions. Professors
from RCM give masterclasses and judge the School’s annual Hepburn Music.
Music Scholarships are available at 11+, 13+ and 16+. For further details
contact the Director of Music, Quentin Thomas on 01832 277132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Background Information on Oundle School
School is situated in the quintessentially English Market town from which it
takes its name. The School's buildings, dating from the seventeenth to the
twenty-first century, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large
extent, its campus.
School's history goes back to 1556 when Sir William Laxton, Master of the
Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded
the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876,
the Grocers' Company decided to divide the School into two parts: Laxton
Grammar School, mainly for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School,
mainly for pupils from further afield. However, to mark the new millennium, the
Governing Body decided to reunite the two schools under the common name of
Oundle School, with Laxton as a House for day-pupils.
School is now able to offer a range of educational possibilities to meet
contemporary needs: co-educational day or boarding education, with Laxton
Junior as a 5-11 day school, and Oundle School as a boarding and day school,
with entry at 11, 13 or into the Sixth Form.