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Carlson Cheung

Maisy Thompson Fillingham




Monday 6 September to Sunday 10 October

Monday 13 September to Tuesday 12 October

A chance to see exciting work from the A-level artists making work from 2019-2021. The exhibition captures the broad range of work made across art disciplines, demonstrating how versatile the students have been in challenging circumstances. There are beautiful textiles, accomplished paintings, evidence of playful animation and highly skilled sculptural work.

Have a glimpse inside the projects which GCSE Art students developed from 2019-2021. With playful paintings, exquisite textiles, detailed prints and dramatic sculptural designs on show, you will get to see how students developed their ideas and skills at home and in School.

Smallbone Library

By appointment only. Free, tickets not required (All enquires to the Richard Bull Centre 01572 758611)

Mon to Fri 10.00am – 5.00pm Sat 10.00am – 12.00pm

Free, tickets not required


Wheelhouse Gallery Mon to Fri 10.00am – 5.00pm Sat 9.00am – 12.00pm & 2.00pm – 5.00pm




INSPE CTR MIDDLE SCHOOL DRAMA SCHOLARS’ PRODUCTION: THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR Wednesday 15 September to Friday 17 September The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol in a version by David Harrower. The last thing the corrupt leaders of an ailing provincial Russian town want is an official inspection. Enter the Government Inspector – well he’s not actually, but that doesn’t stop a lowly clerk (addicted to cards and over-spending) from running amok: extorting money and promises from all and sundry and in the mayhem producing a biting satire on officialdom, bigotry, and married life – no one is spared, everyone is a target – even the audience. Enjoy…? Queen Elizabeth Theatre


Tickets £10 from



REMEMBERING FRASER Thursday 23 September Friends and colleagues of Fraser Graham remember this much-loved musician, teacher and Old Oakhamian, who tragically died in July 2020. This 1-hour concert will present a variety of performances celebrating Fraser’s wide-ranging musical tastes and long-standing dedication to Music at Oakham. A retiring collection will raise funds for Music for All, a wonderful charity which helps fund access to music tuition and growth for young musicians. Chapel 7.30pm Free (retiring collection), tickets not required




INFORMAL CHAMBER MUSIC RECITAL Thursday 7 October Our talented musicians love to perform together, and this informal Chamber Music Recital is the perfect opportunity for them to do so. Come along for a relaxed evening and hear students from Oakham School share their love of music as they perform in duos and small chamber groups for the first time this academic year. Chapel 7.30pm

BIG DRAW Thursday 14 October The Big Draw is an international drawing festival held annually between 1–31 October, which aims to encourage more people to try drawing. The Smallbone Library foyer will host a drawing event at lunchtime open to the whole Oakham School community. This is an event organised by the Form 7 Art scholars that will be open to students and staff, encouraging them to engage with drawing through fun activities. Smallbone Library

1.00pm – 2.00pm

Free, pupils and staff only

Free, tickets not required



ENIGMA 14 Thursday 14 October Beethoven Trio in A flat major, op. 11 Haydn Trio in D major Lefebvre Ballade Martinů Trio Lisa Nelsen flute Julian Metzger ‘cello Paul Turner piano “Delicious...wonderful powers of communication in concert” David Campbell, Clarinet soloist, Artist for Yamaha UK, Director MusicFest in Aberystwyth. We are delighted to resume our Professional Music in the Chapel series, with a new approach of 1-hour concerts followed by refreshments for those audience members who would like to stay. Enigma 14 have come together out of a passion for performing chamber music which is under the horizon of many audiences. The combination of wind, strings and piano offers intense tonal colours with the flute, ‘cello and piano complementing each other’s timbral possibilities. Chapel 7.30pm £10 (free for school-age children)



AUTUMN CONCERT Friday 5 November Chamber Choir Concert Band Form 1 Singers Symphony Orchestra Bizet L’Arlésienne: Suite No. 2 Russell Hepplewhite Songs Saint-Saëns Deux Chœurs, op. 68 Saint-Saëns Maestoso & Finale (Symphony No. 3, ‘Organ’) Peter Davis, Steve Foster & David Williams conductors We are hugely excited to present our first major concert of the school year, and the first significant Chapel Concert since March 2020. Featuring some of our top ensembles, the programme will have a distinctly French accent as we mark the centenary of the death of Camille Saint-Saëns. Alongside the triumphant orchestral finale to his Symphony No. 3 (famously heard in the popular film Babe), the Chamber Choir will also sing two of his exquisite choral works. The French theme continues in a suite of incidental music for L‘Arlésienne by Bizet. The ever-popular Concert Band will open our concert, which will also include the annual performance by our Form 1 Singers, performing selections from Russell Hepplewhite’s new songs for the Britten Pears Arts Friday Afternoons project. Chapel 7.30pm Free, tickets required



ENSEMBLES IN CONCERT Friday 12 November Big Band Chamber Orchestra Soloists Wind Band Music to include: Grieg Holberg Suite, op. 40 Steve Foster, Zoe Wardell & David Williams conductors ‘Ensembles in Concert’ comes hot on the heels of the Autumn Concert, offering great musical variety in a programme embracing band and orchestral performances alongside selected soloists. From our promising young wind and brass players in the Wind Band to the upbeat sounds of the Big Band, you can be sure to find a great deal to entertain in the programme. At its heart will be a performance of Grieg’s evergreen classic for string orchestra – his famous “Suite in olden style”, properly entitled From Holberg’s Time. Composed in 1884, it dresses up the movements of the Baroque dance suite in late 19th Century musical clothing, full of Grieg’s rich harmonic writing and lyrical melodies. Not to be missed! Chapel 7.30pm Free, tickets required



FORM 6 ART SCHOLARS’ TAKE OVER Thursday 18 November The Form 6 Art Scholars invite you to take part in a lunchtime activity in the Smallbone Library foyer. In 2020 the Scholars encouraged students and staff to create a participatory installation inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Obliteration Room’. We look forward to seeing how this year’s Scholars take on the challenge! Smallbone Library

1.00pm – 2.00pm

Free, pupils and staff only



IB DIPLOMA MOCK EXHIBITION Wednesday 19 November to Friday 10 December The IB Visual Art students will exhibit work exploring their cultural heritage, identity and personal memories across a range of materials and techniques. The exhibition is an important element of the course, as students have to consider how their work is seen, exploring ideas about curation. Wheelhouse Gallery By appointment only. Free, tickets not required (All enquires to the Richard Bull Centre 01572 758611)


Mon to Fri 10.00am – 5.00pm Sat 9.00am – 12.00pm & 2.00pm – 5.00pm


LOWER SCHOOL LIVE IN CONCERT Friday 26 November Cantamus Brass Ensemble Lower School Choir Lower School Guitar Ensemble Lower School Strings Percussion Ensemble It has been a long time since we last had a chance in February 2020 to focus on our talented Lower School musicians in an evening concert, and that time has finally come! For many groups and soloists, this will be their first concert of the academic year. Come and celebrate the music they have worked on in lunchtime rehearsals as we present a mix of exciting music for strings, wind, brass, percussion and choir, as well as selected solo performances. Chapel 7.15pm Free, tickets required



1920s Hollywood is on the brink of a revolution. The silent movie is giving way to the “talkie” and the talent required to succeed in the new era is not always possessed by the stars of the silent age. Don Lockwood has it all; his romantic lead, Lina Lamont, has it all – except the voice – and her career is now in jeopardy. But help is at hand from an unlikely direction – a chorus girl who will not only save the day, but change their lives and Hollywood forever. Singin’ in the Rain has all the drama, the songs and the most glorious dance routines that make it the quintessential Musical Movie of its day. Immortalised on film and adapted for the stage, Oakham’s finest invite you to their perfect remedy for those rainy-day blues; so pack a brolly and head for the QET to drown your sorrows, soak up the glamour and go “singin’and dancin’ in the rain...”



Screenplay by

Songs by



Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc. Music published by EMI, all rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC (Original Movie Choreography by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen) Produced by arrangement with Maurice Rosenfield, Lois F. Rosenfield and Cindy Pritzker, Inc. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI




CHRISTMAS CRAFT Thursday 2 December The Art Department invites you to come to the Smallbone Library to take part in a lunchtime of Christmas Craft. It is an informal, drop-in session that allows staff and pupils to make a few items for friends and loved ones. Smallbone Library Free, pupils and staff only

1.00pm – 2.00pm

OPEN PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION Tuesday 13 December to Saturday 22 January This open exhibition will give members of the Oakham School community an opportunity to demonstrate their photography skills in a show in the Wheelhouse Gallery. With photography being such an accessible medium, the Art Department wants to encourage students, teachers and support staff alike to share their take on the world. Wheelhouse Gallery Mon to Fri 10.00am – 5.00pm Sat 9.00am – 12.00pm & 2.00pm – 5.00pm By appointment only. Free, tickets not required (All enquires to the Richard Bull Centre 01572 758611)



OAKHAM CHORAL SOCIETY CONCERT Saturday 11 December Oakham Choral Society & Orchestra Handel Foundling Hospital Anthem Mozart Horn Concerto No. 1 in D, K.412 Purcell Come, ye sons of art Owen Amende horn Eliza Cohen Gregory, Evie Holder, Siddharth Banerjee & Zsolti Johnson vocal soloists Harry Jacques & Peter Davis conductors The Oakham Choral Society is pleased to return to the concert stage for the first time in two years with a focus on two notable Baroque choral works. Their programme will open with Purcell’s joyful Ode for the Birthday of Queen Mary in 1694, Come, ye sons of art. Celebratory choral and solo movements (largely performed by talented Oakham School singers) interweave in this secular work, which also serves as a prelude to a performance of Mozart’s first horn concerto by talented Form 7 Music Scholar, Owen Amende. Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem (‘Blessed are they that considered the poor and needy’) completes the programme, and this is a composition which premiered in 1749 in which Handel freely borrows from his own back catalogue. Most notably, the work concludes with a reprise of the most famous movement from the composer’s oratorio, Messiah – the Hallelujah Chorus! Chapel 7.30pm Tickets £8 via


MUSIC AT LUNCHTIME All Saints’ Church, 1.30pm, Free Wednesday 8 September Peter Davis piano

Wednesday 3 November Ethan Taylor ‘cello

J S Bach Italian Concerto, BWV 971 Ireland Chelsea Reach & Ragamuffin (London Pieces)

Schubert Ständchen Shostakovich Allegro non troppo (Sonata in D minor, op. 40) Suk Ballade

Wednesday 15 September Archie Foster trombone & Charlie Nicholson horn Timothy Jackson Loch Lomond Jerome Kern Smoke gets in your eyes Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 (movt 2)

Wednesday 22 September Samantha Hughes piano Clara Schumann Prelude & Fugue in B flat major, op. 16 no. 2 Robert Schumann Romanze in F# major, op. 28 no. 2 Copland The Cat and the Mouse

Wednesday 29 September Poppy Price soprano A programme of Disney Ingénue arias, including famous songs from Cinderella, Pocahontas, The Little Mermaid, Tangled and Frozen

Wednesday 6 October Findlay Marsh ‘cello J S Bach Suite No. 1, BWV 1007 Prokofiev Moderato (Sonata)

Wednesday 13 October Carson Wong violin J S Bach Allegro (Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042) Beethoven Romance in F major, op. 50

Wednesday 10 November Imogen O’Neill guitar & Guitar Ensemble J S Bach Prelude (Suite No. 2, BWV 1008) Julio Sagreras El Colibri Sergio Assad Valseana (Aquarelle) Ensemble music by Thomas Robinson, Laura Snowden & Francisco Tárrega

Wednesday 17 November Lucy Collison piano J S Bach Prelude & Fugue in G major, BWV 884 Chopin Mazurka in A minor, op. 17 no.4 Debussy Rêverie

Wednesday 24 November Joshua Davis & Daniel Kelly horn John Frith Jousting Franz Strauss Nocturno, op. 7 Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 (movt 1) Vintner Hunter’s Moon

Wednesday 1 December Woodwind soloists Selected solo works for flute, oboe and saxophone.

Wednesday 8 December Form 3 Music Award Holders The annual performance of chamber music & solos given by this year’s Form 3 Music Award Holders.

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