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.
taking part were; Aldwickbury, Beachborough, Bilton Grange, Beeston Hall,
Copthill, Heath Mount, Kingshott, Laxton Junior School, Spratton Hall and
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”.
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.
day concluded with the prep schools performing the repertoire worked on earlier
to each other with an audience of parents and staff.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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. 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 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.