Oakham choristers enjoy annual choir dinner
Oakham’s choristers were privileged to be joined by distinguished organist and choir trainer, Steve Grahl, at the Choir Dinner on Saturday 13 January. It was particularly fitting to have the Director of Music from Peterborough with us as the senior musical representative of our diocesan cathedral.
The dinner itself is the Headmaster’s thank you for the hard work of the choir throughout the year, falling as it does so soon after the multiple carol services in December. After a sung grace, everyone was in excellent spirits throughout the evening, enjoying fantastic food and service from the school’s catering staff.
After dinner, the Headmaster gave a vote of thanks to the pupil singers, music staff and Chaplain before passing the floor to Mr Grahl. He spoke both amusingly and passionately, giving us an insight into his own musical upbringing and experiences as a touring musician. He also had many empowering words about the value of both music and singing, reminding us all of the way that it can bring people together and help cross borders. Most importantly, he reminded the choir of the importance of being advocates for music-making when they finally leave Oakham, taking the wonderful experiences of their schooldays with them to share with others.
The evening ended with music once again, and after a stylish performance of Piazzolla’s Libertango by the Chamber Choir, the traditional Form 7 entertainment was hugely enjoyable as they transformed a recent Taylor Swift hit song into a tribute to the ups and downs of choral singing at Oakham!