An abundance of young children from prep and primary schools assembled at Oundle School for the Music department’s inaugural ‘Massed Musicians’ Day’ in mid-October. Instead of meeting across three separate music days as in previous years, ensemble groups comprising strings, brass and woodwind came together in a one day musical extravaganza.
Director of Music, Quentin Thomas, commented, “The day offered the chance for small groups of musicians from many different prep and primary schools to experience larger ensemble playing, enabling them to improve sight-reading, develop new approaches and ways of thinking about technique, as well as enjoying the camaraderie of making new friends.”
Whilst the brass worked in the Great Hall, the strings filled the Chapel and the woodwind group rehearsed in the newly refurbished Gascoigne Building, home to the Oundle Music department. Four concerts held during the day encompassed great diversity, with every visiting pupil able to perform something that had been prepared during the course of the day.
Highlights included renditions from massed strings with seventy of Oundle’s pupils, demonstrations on recorder and bass clarinet by Henry Sleight (18), a display of every woodwind instrument known to Head of Woodwind, Mr Milsted, and a glitzy performance of New York, New York by the brass staff.
Schools taking part were; Aldwickbury, Beeston Hall, Copthill, Hawthorne Community Primary, Kingscliffe Primary, Laxton Junior School, Meadow School, Nassington Primary, Oundle Primary, St Faiths, St Hilda’s and Warmington Primary.
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