annual Oundle School Hepburn Music Competition took place over two weekends in
February, judged by a panel of distinguished adjudicators, including partners
from the Royal College of Music. The Hepburn Competition is one of the biggest
musical events of the School year, and is effectively a complete music
200 performances in a wide range of classes were heard in five different venues
over the two weekends. All the adjudicators were impressed by the standard and
professionalism of the performers.
final Hepburn Recital on Sunday evening was a thrilling climax, featuring
outstanding performances on double bass, piano, clarinet, classical guitar,
euphonium, marimba, cello, violin and viola, as well as vocalists.
the adjudicator was making his decision, last year’s winner, pianist Josef
Laming (18), was joined by four string players for a performance of Piano Quintet in E Flat Minor
1st Movement by Hummel.
winner of the Hepburn Cup was Serena Shah (17) on piano, for her brilliant
execution and interpretation of Cat
and Mouse by Copland. Earlier in the day, Serena had also won The
Peacock Award for Organ and the Lumley Holmes Trophy for Piano (Diploma). As
runner-up, Russell Davies (17) was awarded the Tatum Cup for his riveting
performance on electric guitar of Satch
Boogie by Satriani.
adjudicator for the recital was Simon Williamson, Director of Music at
Music, Quentin Thomas said, “The Hepburn
competition was started by the then Second Master, Ian Hepburn in the early
1950s to improve the standard of music making in the School, and has taken many
forms over the years. It is generally felt that that the standard of music
making has never been as strong at Oundle School as it is now.”
Charles Bush added, “This Competition was a wonderful showcase of talented
individuals who demonstrated their great dedication to the practice of their
musical instruments by their outstanding performances on the day.
Congratulations are due to all competitors for having the skill and courage to
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 Francesca
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
Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English
market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings,
dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town,
which is, to a large extent, its campus.
School’s history dates 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 Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School,
primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for
pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two
schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton
for the day House.
the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading
English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who
established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering
schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and
ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art
laboratories. Phase two of the SciTec vision is now underway, with enhanced
Design Technology facilities and a new purpose-built Mathematics Department
planned to link the STEM subjects both physically and philosophically. A
concurrent Sports Masterplan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School
over the next few years, including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion in