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Our large and vibrant Music Department has a national reputation for excellence and we are particularly proud of our choral and instrumental traditions.

The quality of our music teaching is paramount and at the heart of all that we do at Oakham. Our large and thriving Music Department consists of nearly 40 staff, many of whom enjoy active professional performing careers. The dedicated Music School has multiple teaching and practice rooms, two music technology rooms, and our beautiful School Chapel is a key venue for performances and concerts.

Our aim is to nurture the ability of any pupil interested in music; with high numbers of pupils taking part in musical ensembles and regularly participating in national youth music organisations, we believe that we are doing much to fulfil this objective. Every year, students choose to continue their musical studies beyond Oakham at prestigious music colleges and universities.

We aim to give our pupils as many opportunities as possible to perform in front of an audience, and to hear live music. As well as the 80 concerts in which they perform each year, our pupils can take part in our annual Singing Competition, our annual Piano Duet Competition, and major national competitions. We tour abroad biennially and recent tours have seen us perform in Spain, Italy, and Latvia.

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At a glance

400+

individual music lessons each week

20

regular weekly ensembles

80

concerts each year

“The skills pupils develop through the study of Music – learning an instrument, practising on their own and with their peers, performing to an audience, and gaining an appreciation of culture – are part of the all-round education that Oakham offers.”
Peter Davis, Director of Music