Oakham Music Live
For safety reasons, we are unable to host our popular live Music in the Chapel concerts. Whilst these measures are in place, we are committed to sharing our pupils’ performances with a wider audience through a series of major virtual concerts. This page includes films of concerts that took place during lockdown, as well as our series of Virtual Music in the Chapel concerts.
Summer Term 2021
All Things Pass | Thursday 24 June
We are delighted to share our final concert of the academic year in our Virtual Music in the Chapel series. Its title, 'All Things Pass', is taken from one of the Lower School Choir's songs, and is particularly fitting as we look forward to a new academic year and the resumption of larger scale live concerts.
Leavers' Concert | Friday 11 June
We are delighted to share our Leavers' Concert featuring our graduating musicians of 2021, who have prepared performance videos filmed in School or at home.
Choral and Orchestral Concert | Saturday 29 May
We continue our successful Virtual Music in the Chapel series with a celebration of orchestral and choral music featuring performances from the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra & Chapel Choir.
Spring Term 2021
Piano Fiesta! | Friday 12 March
We are delighted to premiere our very first online Piano Fiesta! featuring solo and duet performances by Oakham School pianists of all ages. This unique concert includes a complete performance of Kabelevsky's characterful Thirty Pieces for Children played by 21 different pianists, and concludes with five different piano duets, ending appropriately with Kabalevsky's famous Comedians' Galop. Thanks and congratulations go out to all the pianists involved, as well as their supportive individual teachers, all of whom have worked tirelessly throughout the January/February lockdown in 2021. This special performance has been curated by Oakham School's Head of Piano, Anne Bolt.
A Celebration of Song | Friday 12 February
In place of our annual Singing Competition in February, we are delighted to share an online showcase of solo singing in a wide range of musical genres. ‘A Celebration of Song’ is made up of three mixed recitals, allowing viewers to enjoy brand-new vocal performances from pupils in all eight year groups at Oakham School in programmes that celebrate the diversity of music that our pupils enjoy. Introduced and edited by the Director of Music and recorded by the pupils from home, we hope you are thoroughly entertained as we reach the end of the first half of the Spring Term.
Winter Term 2020
A Musical Extravaganza | Friday 27 November
Our Autumn series of Virtual Music in the Chapel continues with another lively concert, bringing together some of our senior ensembles as well as our Lower School ensembles. This vibrant concert includes a mix of exciting music for strings, wind, brass and choir. The Big Band bring the concert to a close with some energetic tunes, raising the roof off the Chapel both physically and virtually.
A Musical Celebration | Friday 13 November
It was a great joy to host the very first major Chapel concert of this academic year on Friday 13 November. Whilst we are unable to welcome audiences into the Chapel, we continue to be committed to sharing our pupils’ performances with a wider audience. We launched our new Autumn series of Virtual Music in the Chapel concerts with a concert of great variety and joy. We welcomed three of our senior ensembles as well as a traditional performance from our Form 1s to lift all of our spirits. It was a particular pleasure to showcase a special commission by Ešenvalds; known for his luxurious harmonies, this piece is a beautiful, lilting setting of Latin text.
Thank you to those who joined us live; the concert is available to watch in full below.
Summer Term 2020