Oundle School’s Frobenius Organ celebrates 30 years
7th January 2015

The Music Department at Oundle School is extremely fortunate to have the Frobenius Organ in the heart of the School, located in the School’s Chapel which was built as a memorial to staff and pupils who lost their lives in the First World War.

Built by Frobenius of Denmark in 1984, the inaugural recital was given by the legendary Curlo Curley in January 1985.

Director of Music, Quentin Thomas commented, “We are celebrating fine craftsmanship and the diverse uses our Frobenius instrument offers in the form of six recitals that encompass the ‘straight organ recital’, via organ duets and organ concertos, to works written for organ and brass, and the much loved Snowman with Organ and Narrator. We conclude by launching our appeal to clean and restore the stop heads and display case: Thomas Trotter comes to Oundle to offer an Open Masterclass and Recital, preceded a talk on the design and installation of our Frobenius Organ by James Parsons.”


Forthcoming Events in Oundle School Chapel: 


Sunday 25 January - Thomas Trotter         

4:00pm Open Masterclass

5.45pm Talk with James Parsons

7.00pm Thomas Trotter: Celebrity Organ Recital

Tickets: £10 from The Stahl Theatre Box Office or on the door


Oundle School’s Music Department


Oundle 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 Francesa Leonardi with the Chamber Orchestra performing Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Piano and Violin. There are many forthcoming concerts and performances. 

Oundle 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. 

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


 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.


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 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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