Oakham Music Day
On Tuesday 2nd November, some of our violinists and singers were invited to attend the Oakham School Music Day, along with other Prep Schools in the area. "Harvest Harmonies" was the theme of the day, using autumnal repertoire including some ancient songs and some brand new pieces specifically composed for this event. The pieces provided a challenge for all of the musicians, encouraging them to expand their technique and knowledge with either their instruments or voices.
The day involved two big rehearsal sessions, with the string players in Oakham School's Chapel (lead by Emily Holland, Head of Strings), and the singers in the Oakham Castle (lead by Peter Davis, Director of Music). Whilst the rehearsals were quite intense, the children found them to be both enjoyable and effective. The sound that each group omitted was nothing short of incredible!
Following a delicious hot lunch, the string group and singers merged to rehearse the finale. It was a privilege to watch and listen to some 100 musicians all playing together. The choir, string group, organ and piano all working together was spectacular!
The concert in the afternoon rounded the day off and celebrated all of the hard work that the children had done to produce such an event. Our pupils performed with confidence and helped to produce a wonderful sound.
Reflecting on the day, Mr Ferguson, Director of Music here at St Hugh's said: "I am incredibly proud of the pupils involved... they were a credit to us as a school and were perfect ambassadors demonstrating the core values and ethos of our school. Indeed, many other staff members commented on the behaviour and smartness of our children. I would like to extend my thanks to the team of peripatetic teachers that helped to get the children prepared. Without their work behind the scenes, events such as these wouldn't be able to happen. I would also like to thank you, the parents, for supporting and encouraging your children with their lessons and practise... crucial elements for aspiring musicians and singers."