A triumphant day for young brass players visiting Oundle School
3rd December 2014

Another successful Brass Prep Day took place on Friday 3 October in Oundle School’s Great Hall with pupils (age range 9 - 14yrs) coming together to play, listen and perform, coached by the brass staff of Oundle.


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


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


The participants were then entertained by the School’s advanced brass players in the form of a Senior mixed brass ensemble, Soloists, Trombone Quartet, and a performance from the Oundle School Staff Brass Quintet.

The day concluded with the prep schools performing the repertoire worked on earlier to each other with an audience of parents and staff.


Director of Music at Laxton Junior School, Roisin Cornwell commented, “The pupils from Laxton Junior School had a fantastic day and were buzzing with excitement on their return to school having enjoyed performing with over 100 other brass pupils. They made new friends while picnicking on the grass in the sunshine. It was a spectacular and successful day.”

Director of Music at Beeston Hall, Samantha Kayne commented, “Thank you so much for such a wonderful Brass Day at Oundle School. The children thoroughly enjoyed it! Every detail that went in to planning it was very much appreciated – the differentiated ensembles meant that the children all achieved something by the end of the day, without being out of their depth. The performance at lunchtime by the pupils and staff at Oundle was inspiring. On top of all that, we were made to feel so welcome by all members of the Oundle Music Department.”


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 was delightful and all concerned are looking forward to returning in 2015.”


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 due to open April 2015. 


There are currently 1110 pupils are on roll at Oundle School, with 850 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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