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SPRING 2020


ART

Jessica Gilbert

Ella Turner (Form 6)

ART

FORM 6 PRE-U MID-YEAR SHOW Monday 6 January to Saturday 8 February A chance to see the progress made by Oakham School’s Form 6 Pre-U artists. The pupils started the course exploring drawing; and the work that will be on show demonstrates the exceptional talent within the year group. Working on a big scale, the pupils have worked using charcoal to develop this dramatic work. 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 enquiries to the Richard Bull Centre, 01572 758611

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TOGETHER/ APART Tuesday 7 January to Monday 24 February Jessica Gilbert, Oakham School’s Artist-in-Residence, will mount an exhibition in the Smallbone Library showing current work that explores the idea of ‘togetherness’. Her work is responding to her place at Oakham School as a Resident Tutor in a boarding environment, exploring narrative and storytelling through found imagery. There will be workshops held alongside the exhibition that will be advertised in the Spring. Smallbone Library Free, tickets not required

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


THEATRE

TOURING THEATRE | SPLENDID PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS ‘DR FAUSTUS’ Tuesday 21 January Splendid Productions presents a new creative adaptation of an all-time classic. The brilliant scholar Dr Faustus uses his fabulous intellect to summon the actual devil to grant his every wish! But the devil has a price: it will cost Faustus his soul. Is this the best deal in history – absolutely everything for absolutely nothing? Or… is it perhaps the other way round…? Splendid’s devilish cast of three pack a timeless tale into a thrilling hour of laughter, music, magic and amazement. Morality meets mortality in this ingenious reinvention of an Elizabethan drama that couldn’t be more contemporary. êêêêê “frankly brilliant” Three Weeks on Woyzeck êêêê “absolutely hilarious... a masterclass in Epic Theatre” ReviewsHub on The Oresteia êêêê “a joyous celebration of humanity, and a triumph of physical theatre” The List on Everyman Queen Elizabeth Theatre

6.30pm

School only (tickets required)

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MUSIC OUT AND ABOUT

MUSIC IN THE CHAPEL

BRANDENBURG FESTIVAL CHORAL CONCERT Thursday 30 January Chamber Choir Britten A Hymn to St Columba Britten Hymn to St Cecilia Purcell I was glad Purcell Hear my prayer, O Lord Purcell Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei Kodály Missa Brevis

SINGING COMPETITION RECITAL Sunday 2 February

Peter Davis conductor, Harry Jacques organ The Brandenburg Festival once again welcomes Oakham School’s award-winning Chamber Choir to perform a concert of great British choral works by Britten and Purcell alongside Kodály’s famous Missa Brevis at one of the UK’s biggest and most prestigious choral celebrations. The concert will feature A Hymn to St Columba and Hymn to St Cecilia by Benjamin Britten, which demonstrate his original approach to crafting highly characterised sacred choral music. A selection of pieces by the much-loved Baroque composer, Purcell, include the powerful and captivating Hear my prayer, O Lord, whilst Kodály’s Missa Brevis draws on a wide range of musical influences within its arch-like musical form. Not to be missed! St Stephen Walbrook, Bank £19 (premium), £14 (un-reserved), £5 (child) brandenburg.co.uk/festival

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6.00pm

Come and celebrate in a recital to end a fantastic day of vocal performances, featuring prize-winners and selected competitors from the year group classes. We welcome Martin Ball to adjudicate at this popular event, which this year adopts a new focus on theatrical songs. The concert is sure to boast a variety of great dramatic works, from West End and Broadway musicals to showstopping operatic arias. Chapel Free, tickets not required

6.00pm


MUSIC IN THE CHAPEL

ORCHESTRAL ABC Friday 7 February Chamber Orchestra & Symphony Orchestra Albinoni Adagio in G minor Britten Simple Symphony selections Beethoven Symphony No. 6, ‘Pastoral’ (movt 1) Copland Appalachian Spring Copland Hoe-Down (Rodeo) Vivaldi Concerto for two violins in A minor, RV522 selections Findlay Marsh ‘cello Martin Cropper, Peter Davis & David Williams conductors The first major Chapel concert of the Spring Term promises to be one of great variety and talent. Drawing on music by composers from the beginning of the alphabet, our ‘Orchestral ABC’ promises a programme of music which showcases the versatility of both music and our musicians. Highlights will include Britten’s Simple Symphony as well as selected movements from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’, beginning the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth, alongside some of Copland’s most popular orchestral music for the ballet. Chapel 7.30pm Free, tickets required Please note the earlier start time

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ART

Lucy Barton (Form 7)

THEATRE

OAKHAM STUDENT ARTS FESTIVAL

OPEN PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

Monday 10 February to Wednesday 12 February

Tuesday 11 February to Monday 9 March

Now in its ninth year, the Oakham Student Arts Festival returns with the addition of the new ‘Student Vote’ award. Not only will pupils choose, produce and design the competing shows, they will also then get to vote for a show winner.

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 pupils, teachers and support staff alike to share their take on the world.

The three day festival will conclude with a post-show discussion on Wednesday evening following the performances where audience and theatre makers alike can reflect on their experiences. Please see www.oakham.rutland.sch.uk/drama for venues and show times. Queen Elizabeth Theatre Free, tickets not required

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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 enquiries to the Richard Bull Centre, 01572 758 611


ART

Yat Fei Lang (Form 4)

MUSIC IN THE CHAPEL

LOWER SCHOOL SHOWCASE

ART SCHOLARS’ TAKE OVER Tuesday 25 February to Friday 27 March

Friday 14 February

To showcase the exceptional talent at Oakham School, the Art Scholars have an opportunity to show their work in an exhibition in the Smallbone Library. With work from across the year groups, pupils will present their own personal work using their preferred methods and revealing their emerging interests as artists.

Cantamus Lower School Brass Ensemble Lower School Choir Lower School Guitar Ensemble Lower School Percussion Ensemble Lower School Strings Lower School Woodwind Ensemble

Smallbone Library

After a bustling first half of term, our talented Lower School musicians bring the final week to a close with this lively concert, showcasing everything that they have been working on in rehearsals so far this year. Make your Valentine’s Day plans early and prepare to enjoy an array of music for choir, brass, guitars, percussion, strings and woodwind, as well as exciting performances from our Form 2 class African drumming and samba groups. Chapel

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

Free, tickets not required

2.30pm

Free, tickets required

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Ralph Cordi-Piec (Form 5)

ART

MIDDLE SCHOOL ART EXHIBITION Tuesday 25 February to Friday 27 March Take a glimpse inside the projects on which the Form 4 and 5 GCSE artists have been working. With playful paintings, exquisite textiles, detailed prints and dramatic sculptural designs on show, you will get to see how pupils have begun developing their own ideas. Smallbone Library Free, tickets not required

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


MUSIC IN THE CHAPEL

MUSIC IN THE CHAPEL

PIANO DUET COMPETITION

FRIDAY NIGHT IS MUSIC NIGHT

Thursday 27 February

Friday 6 March

We are delighted to welcome international concert pianist, Charles Owen, (“one of the finest pianists of his generation” - Gramophone) to judge our twelfth Annual Piano Duet Competition. The competition offers an opportunity for all our pianists to play together in pairs, as well as a chance to hear more of the new piano duets which were commissioned for the event in 2018. Parents, friends and members of staff are invited to come along to individual sessions to support those taking part. Charles Owen will also be leading a masterclass in the Chapel earlier that afternoon with some of our selected pianists.

Big Band Concert Band Competition Winners Polyphonix Wind Band

Studio 2 School only (tickets not required)

4.30pm

Bernstein Selections from West Side Story Van der Roost Flashing Winds Steve Foster, Keith Slade & David Williams conductors Join us in the Chapel to enjoy a light-hearted evening of music performed by four of Oakham School’s brilliant ensembles. Polyphonix will present vocal vitality with jazz and pop arrangements, and both the Wind Band and recent winners from the Song and Piano Duet Competitions promise further displays of musical talent. The Concert Band is sure to raise the roof of the Chapel this evening with a fantastic selection of music from Bernstein’s West Side Story. As always, the justly popular Big Band will end the concert on a high with a lively set of swing, pop and jazz tunes. Chapel

7.30pm

Free, tickets required Please note the earlier start time

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THEATRE

UPPER SCHOOL DRAMA SCHOLARS’ PRODUCTION ‘LARAMIE PROJECT’ by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theatre Project Monday 9 March to Thursday 12 March With text drawn, in part, from court transcripts, this complex, multi-layered piece of Verbatim theatre chronicles the case of Matthew Shepard, the gay University of Wyoming student, whose brutal murder because of his sexuality paved the way for the passage of federal hate crimes legislation. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theatre Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. From these interviews and their own experiences in Laramie, they constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience - a breath-taking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of its compassion, and begs these questions: will we allow ourselves to be shaped by hate or compassion? Cruelty or kindness? Fear or hope? “A pioneering work of theatrical reportage and a powerful stage event.” —Time Magazine. “Astonishing. Not since Angels in America has a play attempted so much: nothing less than an examination of the American psyche at the end of the millennium.” —Associated Press. “There emerges a mosaic as moving and important as any you will see on the walls of the churches of the world… nothing short of stunning…you will be held in rapt attention.” —New York Magazine. Queen Elizabeth Theatre £10 Please note the earlier start time

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7.30pm


MUSIC IN THE CHAPEL

BEETHOVEN | MASS IN C Sunday 15 March Oakham Choral Society & Orchestra Beethoven Mass in C, op. 86 Beethoven Choral Fantasy, op. 80 Reinecke Ballade, op. 288 Jessica Carr flute, Anne Bolt piano Harry Jacques & Peter Davis conductors Join the Oakham Choral Society in the Chapel for a concert celebrating 250 years since the birth of the great German composer, Ludwig van Beethoven. Commissioned by Prince Nikolaus Esterházy in 1807, the Mass in C is a mighty and yet humble work, described as bridging church and concert hall music together better than almost any other piece. Despite being one of Beethoven’s lesser-known works, the Mass in C is an unmistakably remarkable work combining spirituality and humanity. The concert will also feature Beethoven’s exhilarating Choral Fantasy featuring Head of Piano, Anne Bolt, as soloist, and Form 6 Music Scholar, Jessica Carr, will be the featured soloist in Reinecke’s Ballade for solo flute and orchestra. Chapel

7.30pm

£8

MUSIC IN THE CHAPEL

RUTLAND SINFONIA: SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES Saturday 14 March Chapel 7.30pm For ticketing information, please see www.rutlandsinfonia.org.uk

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Hannah Veale

PROFESSIONAL MUSIC IN THE CHAPEL

SANSARA Thursday 19 March SANSARA is an award-winning vocal ensemble focused on the performance of a cappella choral music. The choir has rapidly gained a reputation for captivating performances of a broad range of repertoire, juxtaposing choral music old and new in vivid narrative programmes, tying thematic and textual links into rich musical-poetic live experiences. Tonight’s concert features an eclectic mix of secular and sacred including music by Byrd and Tallis to MacMillan and Weir. Oakham School’s Chamber Choir will join the ensemble for performances of Byrd’s Ave verum corpus and Roderick Williams’ Ave verum corpus re-imagined. Chapel 7.30pm £10 (free for school-age children)

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GALA CONCERT

M OZ A RT REQUIEM Sunday 22 March Chapel Choir & Orchestra Form 3 Singers Mozart Requiem, K626 Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major Mozart Ave verum corpus Graham & Løvland You raise me up Grace Muris soprano Ruth Massey mezzo-soprano William Collison tenor Angus McPhee OO baritone Rupert Fell piano Peter Davis conductor This year we head to the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford for our ever-popular and celebratory Gala Concert. Our Chapel Choir will be joined by a professional orchestra to provide a concert of great diversity and finesse which focuses on the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Form 3 singers will join the Chapel Choir for a curtain-raising performance of the uplifting song, You raise me up, to begin the concert. Talented Form 6 Music Scholar, Rupert Fell, joins the professional orchestra as the soloist in the evergreen Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major. Two of Mozart’s greatest and final works are the main focus, however, with the motet Ave verum corpus serving as a prelude to the composer’s justly popular setting of the Requiem mass. Featuring current pupil and OO soloists, and the School’s 115 voice Chapel Choir, this promises to be a memorable concert featuring some of the greatest music of all time. Book now! Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

5.00pm

£12

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ART

Tess Davenport (Form 7)

ADVANCED DATES FOR SUMMER BIG BAND IN CONCERT Sunday 26 April 2020

IB | FINAL EXHIBITION Wednesday 25 March to Monday 20 April Three student artists will exhibit their 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 and students have to consider how their work is seen, exploring ideas about curation as they make their work.

Ashwell Church

7.30pm

FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSICS Friday 1 May 2020 Chapel

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

PROFESSIONAL MUSIC ENIGMA 14 Thursday 7 May 2020

By appointment only. Free, tickets not required.

Chapel

7.30pm

7.30pm

All enquiries to the Richard Bull Centre, 01572 758 611

SPEECH DAY CONCERT Saturday 23 May 2020 Chapel

10.00am

LOWER SCHOOL LIVE IN CONCERT Thursday 4 June 2020 Chapel

7.15pm

ORCHESTRAL SOUNDS Friday 19 June 2020 Chapel

7.30pm

BIG BAND CONCERT Thursday 25 June 2020 Marquee 7.45pm

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BOOKING INFORMATION JOIN OUR MAILING LIST (contacts below) TO RECEIVE OUR ARTS CALENDAR 3 TIMES A YEAR HOW TO GET YOUR TICKETS Phone

CONCERTS: 01572 758820 | THEATRE: 01572 758653

Email

boxoffice@oakham.rutland.sch.uk | For theatre tickets please email: theatretickets@oakham.rutland.sch.uk

In person Foyer, Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Mon to Fri, 9.00am to 5.00pm) P Post Please send your written order and payment to: Box Office, The Barraclough, Ashwell Road, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6QG Schanschieffs

Online (For CONCERTS ONLY) wegottickets.com (No booking fee for free concerts) Farside Playing Fields

Locally Walkers Bookshop, 27 High St, Oakham 01572 723957

Kilburn Road

JERWOOD SCHOOL OF DESIGN THE WHEELHOUSE GALLERY

Cutts Close

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Most seating is unreserved and audiences are advised to arrive early. Latecomers will be admitted as appropriate. Chapel seating is not padded but some Oakham Railway Station cushions are available for professional concerts; please note that, although the Chapel is heated, it can be cool during the colder months. A ramp is available at the Chapel for wheelchair users. There are several stairs up to the QET auditorium. Please contact the Box Office if you have particular requirements. Refreshments are available at most QET performances and some Chapel concerts. Toilet facilities are eet Str available near the Chapel and in the QET.

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RICHARD BULL CENTRE

FACILITIES

Tel: 01572 758758

SMALLBONE LIBRARY

Doncaster Close Playing Fields

Ashwell Road

Tickets are not always required for free events: please check the individual event details. Tickets may be available on the door. We regret we are unable to take credit/debit card payments at Oakham School at present. Cheques should be made payable to Oakham School. Parents can put the cost of tickets onto their school bill.

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MUSIC AT LUNCHTIME All Saints’ Church, 1.30pm, Free Wednesday 8 January Joe Arkwright trombone

Wednesday 12 February Becky Han piano

Schumann Fantasiestücke, op. 73 extracts Tomasi Trombone Concerto (movt 1) Ivor Gurney Sleep

Chopin Scherzo Debussy Voiles (Prélude) Shostakovich Prelude & Fugue in A minor

Wednesday 15 January Jessica Carr flute & piano

Wednesday 26 February Emily Yoo violin

Reinecke Ballade Haydn Rondo (Sonata in C major, Hob XVI: 48) Martinu Prélude en forme de Danse (Préludes) Hindemith Praeludium (Ludus Tonalis)

Haydn Allegro moderato (Concerto in G) Brahms Sonata in A major (last movt)

Wednesday 22 January Freddie Buchanan trumpet Hummel Trumpet Concerto (movt 1) Goedicke Concert Etude Webb Share my yoke Kenny Baker Virtuosity

Wednesday 29 January Chamber Music for Strings & Piano Music to include: Danny Saleeb OO Piano Trio

Wednesday 5 February Organists & Edward Marshall drums Böhm Prelude in A minor Buxtehude Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne in C Gordon Young Aria Steve Gadd The Solo Dave Weckl Garden Wall

Wednesday 4 March Imogen O’Neill guitar & Guitar Ensemble Music for solo guitar & guitar ensemble by Albeniz, de Narvaez, Carcassi, Granados & Pernambuco

Wednesday 11 March Chamber Choir Byrd Ave verum corpus Roderick Williams Ave verum corpus re-imagined Purcell Hear my prayer, O Lord Purcell Jehova quam multi sunt hostes

Wednesday 18 March Lucy Collison violin Smetana Aus der Heimat Dvorak/Kreisler Slavonic Fantasie

Wednesday 25 March William Collison tenor Music to include songs from: Britten Winter Words

INFORMAL CONCERTS Monday 27 January | Monday 10 February | Monday 2 March | Monday 16 March Studio 2, 7.30pm (School only) Designed and produced by theagencyforeducation.co.uk

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