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Posted on: 04/10/2016

Oakham Music Day

On Tuesday, seventeen pupils from Years 7 and 8 enjoyed a spectacular musical day at Oakham School. Pupils from ten Prep schools formed a large String Orchestra and Choir which rehearsed throughout the day before giving a brilliant concert in the Chapel. The theme was William Shakespeare: 400 Year Anniversary. The orchestral music included famous themes based on Shakespeare plays by composers such as Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. The school’s Director of Music had composed a piece which included whispering and chanting famous quotes such as ‘To be, or not to be – that is the question’ (Hamlet) and ‘Double, double, toil and trouble’ (Macbeth) The choir, meanwhile, rehearsed Shakesperian inspired songs by Rutter and Bob Chilcot. The stirring finale incorporated all performers plus the Chamber Orchestra and choir from Oakham School joining together for music from Kenneth Branagh’s film score for Shakespeare’s Henry V. What a magnificent day it was; we are looking forward to receiving our CDs to commemorate the event. 

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