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Lower School Shine in Concert

28th November 2022

Oakham’s Lower School musicians took to the stage in an evening showcasing their work in rehearsals and music lessons this term.

Group music-making is a large part of musical life at Oakham, and the Lower School instrumental ensembles and choirs were a testament to its strength and quality. The Lower School Guitar and Brass Ensembles gave strong performances of music from pop songs and television themes and the Lower School Strings treated the audience to a festive classic, a suite from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Cantamus’ performances of pop songs were audience favourites and Lower School Choir finished the programme with a haunting work by Joan Varner and Benjamin Britten’s dramatic setting of Psalm 150. With organ, piano, trumpet, violin and percussion accompaniment, it made for a resounding finale to the evening’s showcase.

The evening also offered the opportunity for all of Form 2 to perform their work from their Winter Term samba project. Performing in class groups, they used a variety of percussion instruments to layer up complex rhythmic textures; their performances were full of energy and a great credit to their work this term. The evening also spotlit student soloists, on saxophone, violin, flute, trumpet, piano and voice, with a range of music from the Baroque era to the present day. All performed their chosen repertoire with great technical and musical polish!

Congratulations to all the Lower School students on a high-standard of music-making, both as soloists and in ensembles, celebrated in front of their peers, teachers, friends and family!

Missed the concert? You can find the live recording here.

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