talented string quartets from Oundle School recently took part in a prestigious
National Young String Quartet Weekend event organised by Wigmore Hall Learning
at Watford School of Music, joining string players from a number of conservatoires
and specialist music schools.
coaches included Mark Messenger RCM (Violin), Cristoph Richter (Cello), Pavel
Fischer (ex Skampa 4tet – Violin), Rafael Todes (Allegri 4tet – Violin), Miguel
de Silva (Viola), Nicholas Jones (Chethams’ - Cello) and the Carducci 4tet (Winners
of the Evian International String Quartet competition).
of Strings at Oundle, Angus Gibbon commented, “Each quartet had individual coaching and workshops and the opportunity
to hear faculty recitals, as well as opportunities for the pupils to socialise
and build friendships with musicians from other schools. Our pupils benefited
from not only a weekend of musical inspiration, but also from new ideas on
quartet technique and advice on effective rehearsal methods. The weekend culminated
in a concert at the music school’s new 400 seat concert hall.
The Oundle ‘Chan
4tet’ impressed all of the coaches and the audience with their mature
interpretation and independence of thought. The experience was invaluable for
all of our pupils.”
Publicity and Press Relations Officer
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 2015.
are currently 1110 pupils are on roll at Oundle School, with 865 boarders and
250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School,
a day School for children aged 4 to 11.