Brass and Sunshine
21st October 2015

Another successful Brass Prep Day took place on a very sunny Friday 2nd October in Oundle School’s Great Hall with pupils aged between  9 and 14 coming together to play, listen and perform, coached by the brass staff of Oundle.

Schools taking part were; Aldwickbury, Beachborough, Bilton Grange, Beeston Hall, Heath Mount, Kingshott, Laxton Junior School, Spratton Hall and St Faiths.                     

Head of Brass and Percussion at Oundle School and co-ordinator of the event Adele Hudson commented, “The day began with the formation of four ensembles catering for every level from pre-grade 1 to grade 6. Four large mixed brass ensembles were made up of Pre-grade 1, grades 1– 2, grades 3-4 and grades 5-6. The pupils were a delight to work with, engaged throughout all rehearsals and enjoyed listening to the lunchtime concert in the Great Hall.”

Participants were then entertained by the School’s advanced brass players in the form of a Senior mixed brass ensemble, soloists, trombone quartet, tuba quartet, horn quartet, trumpet trio and soloists – Ian Ostojic (trumpet), Henry Cripps (trumpet) and Bethany Peck (trombone).

James Gorick, Director of Music at St Faith’s School, commented, “We’ll definitely be coming again next year. Thank you to you and the team for giving us and the children such a fabulous day”.

Alison Eales, Director of Music at Kingshott School, commented, “Thank you so much for the highly enjoyable Brass Day at Oundle.  The pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I was impressed by the standard of the final performances. It was good to hear Ian Ostojic play so well once again too.”

Matt Jelf, Director of Music at Aldwickbury School, commented, As ever, thank you very much Adele and Oundle staff for hosting our Aldwickbury boys today. Good fun and it gives the boys a real sense of belonging to something outside of their single school context.”

Mark Penrose, Director of Music at Bilton Grange, commented, “You were incredibly welcoming and I was impressed with the superb standard of Brass at Oundle. You should rightly feel very proud of what you have accomplished!”

Judith Dunkley, Director of Music at Beachborough, commented, “Many thanks for a wonderful day last Friday. The children always get so much out of it – playing in a massed band and seeing older pupils perform, not to mention the pastoral side of things – meeting children from other schools; chatting to different teachers etc. All in all a very worthwhile event – we look forward to next year.”

The day finished with the prep schools performing the repertoire worked on earlier to each other as well as a wider audience of parents and staff.  

Adele concluded, “The day was a huge success and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the response I had from the children and staff from these prep schools. Bringing all these young brass players together was a joy. Their enthusiasm and performance were delightful and all concerned are looking forward to returning in 2016.”

Choral, Instrumental and Organ Scholarships at Oundle School are available at 11+, 13+ and 16+. For further details contact the Director of Music, Quentin Thomas on 01832 277132 or email  


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.

The 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.

At 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. The School is now embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering both physically and philosophically, enabling pupils to move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports MasterPlan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years, including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion which opened in April 2015 and new astroturfs due to be completed this year.  

There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 860 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. 

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