Music

Fantastic Celebration of Percussion sees all years perform

Yesterday the Music Department hosted a concert of Music written for various percussion instruments. While many of the audience were probably not familiar with timpani sonatas or ragtimes for marimba, the concert provided a fantastic range of styles, instruments and ensembles for the audience to enjoy.

Percussionists pose together
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Fantastic range of solos from gifted musicians

Headington Music Scholars gathered for their annual concert on Friday 8th March. This event is always a highlight in the department calendar, and celebrates the ongoing hard work and commitment of our scholars to the musical life of the School.

Scholars are pictured in black in the Music School
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Choir provides music at service at St Andrew's, Headington

On Sunday 3rd March, members of the Chamber Choir joined forces with the choir of St Andrew's Church in Headington for their morning service. The School has an ongoing relationship with St Andrew's, whose vicar is Father Darren McFarland, one of our governors.

Headington brass players and choristers have performed for several years for Remembrance and confirmation services and the girls enjoy teaming up with their choir and musical director, Richard Bennett.

Choir sit in front of altar
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Girls raise the roof with spirited concert

Headington’s annual Celebration of Woodwind and Brass concert took place on Thursday 28th February in the Music School.

The evening included a huge variety of styles, ranging from music by Henry VIII to contemporary compositions in popular styles.

Mr Catherine Goble conducts the Flute Ensemble
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Fantastic musicians celebrate Guitar

On Tuesday 5th February, musicians from the Prep and Senior schools joined forces for a sensational concert of Guitar music, led by Guitar teacher Mr Paul Manhood.

Featuring solo performances from Senior girls Numa and Millie and a wide variety of duets and ensembles from all year groups, the audience was treated to everything from 17th century lute music, right through to the latest hits.

Millie performs a Guitar solo
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Concert sees several debut performances

On Tuesday 29th January, musicians from L4 to U5 performed in a fantastic Teatime Concert. A new girl in L5, Hayley, began the evening with a poised performance of 'Playera' by de Sarasate on the violin, followed by Annie, L4, with a spirited rendition of Beethoven's 'Bagatelle in G minor'.

Girls stand in music school holding their instruments
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Lunchtime Concert gives girls first chance to perform

On Tuesday 15th January, the Music Department hosted a short Lunchtime Concert for musicians in U3 to U4 to kick-start the New Year.

Taking to the stage for the first time were two new performers in U3, Ellie and Rosemary, both of whom played excellently on the violin with folk-inspired pieces: 'No Man's Jig' and 'Cornish May Song'.

Performers pose with instruments in front of a piano
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Girls raise cathedral roof in magical service

Girls, staff and parents joined together to celebrate Christmas in our annual candlelit Carol Service at Oxford's stunning Christ Church Cathedral.

The cathedral was packed as Chamber Choir started proceedings with a beautiful unaccompanied rendition of 'The Advent Prose' before the whole congregation was invited to join their voices together to sing 'Once in Royal David's City'.

Head Girl trio process towards the altar bearing candles and cross
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L4 and U4 sing at St Andrew's Church, Headington

Girls from L4, U4 and members of our HeadingTones choir headed to nearby St Andrew's Church in Headington on Tuesday 11th December for a special carol service.

Fr Darren McFarland, parish priest and a Headington School governor, spoke engagingly about looking afresh at the Christmas message to recognise the true hope and peace it offers all. 

Chaplain Mr Tom Howell said: "It was our first Carol Service at our parish church and we look forward to many others." 

Congregation is pictured from behind looking forwards to the altar in a church decorated for Christms
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Prestigious role and solo for Aoife

A talented Headington violinist has taken a lead role in the prestigious Royal Academy of Music Junior Academy Orchestra.

On Saturday 1st December, Aoife acted as lead violinist, performing Tchaikovsky's 'Orchestral Suite lll' under the baton of internationally-renowned conductor Alex Walker. 

Aoife is pictured playing the violin
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