Sunday 9 November, the Oundle School Music Department hosted a String Day involving
160 string players from the Royal College of Music (with whom the School has
enjoyed a unique partnership since 2012), Oundle’s own massed strings and
younger players from a variety of prep and primary schools.
the music-making and workshops, there was a chance to discuss the work of
Oundle’s Alexander Technique Teaching Department and the Strings in Balance
project – a project which is unique to Oundle and looks at bespoke chin and
collar rests for violin players.
of Music, Quentin Thomas commented, “The
real joy came from the excitement of performing our endeavours to our audience
who were packed to the rafters in the Great Hall.”
audience was treated to a massed strings performance of Jenkins’ vibrant Palladio, Laxton Junior School’s neat
and well executed version of Ryan’s Polka,
before the older string players let rip with Moravian Folk Dance (Fischer) and the first and third movements of
the much-loved Holberg Suite (Grieg).
for all abounded as the Royal College of Music continued with Strauss’ Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings, a
work indelibly linked with the 2nd World War, with Strauss responding to the
bombing of Munich with this definitive and hauntingly beautiful work.
concert concluded with swirling, dark, massed strings offering an arrangement
of both Elfman and Zimmer’s Batman-The
Dark Knight Rises, specially written for the occasion by Quentin Thomas,
Director of Music, for no fewer than four string orchestras and an array of
concluded, “It was a terrific day and a
joy to see the different tiers of ages and standards merging for impressive and
powerful renditions of quality music. Our thanks to Mr Angus Gibbon, Head of
Strings, for organising such a memorable and fun day.”
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on the Unique Partnership between
Oundle School and the Royal College of Music
January 2012, Oundle School entered into a unique partnership arrangement with
the Royal College of Music, whereby pupils from the School gain the experience
of working with professors and students from the College, both in Oundle and
prime movers behind this arrangement were Mark Messenger, Head of Strings at
the Royal College of Music, and Angus Gibbon, Head of Strings at Oundle School.
memorandum of understanding between the two institutions was signed on Friday
13 January 2012, by Headmaster Charles Bush and Stephen Johns,
Artistic Director of the Royal College of Music.
historic signing was followed by a concert with all three areas of the
educational spectrum: primary, secondary and tertiary.
from Oundle are invited to various masterclasses and workshops at RCM and
highlights include regular visits from Professors and Heads of Departments of
the RCM in the form of masterclasses and judging of the School’s annual Hepburn
Music Competition. Oundle School Orchestras and Ensembles give concerts in the
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, London. Other events
have included pupils attending rehearsals for Bruckner 8 taken by Bernard
Haitink and the Chamber Orchestra’s performances of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto
and Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto with Francesca Dego, Italian violinist and ex
RCM student as part of the School’s General Studies Programme.
School works closely with the Oundle International Festival, Oundle for
Organists and distinguished musicians such as Jeremy Menuhin, Natalie Clein,
Michael Boccman and Craig Ogden. Pupils have taken part in joint projects with
the English String Orchestra, the Aurora Orchestra and the Orchestra of the
music programme at Oundle School is rich and varied, offering a stimulating
musical environment to all musicians, whether in a popular or more traditional
style. There is a range of ensembles to suit all abilities and interests.
Concert venues have included Symphony Hall, Birmingham, West Road, Cambridge
and Peterborough Cathedral.
Scholarships are awarded at 11+, 13+ and 16+ entry, in recognition of proven talent
and solely on merit. All scholarships are underpinned by bursary assistance if
the financial circumstances of the individual family necessitate it. The
Director of Music is always pleased to meet with prospective music scholars.
Please contact him at email@example.com
Background Information on Oundle School
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,
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
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.
are currently 1110 pupils 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.