Music

Open Mic night sees beautiful performances

An impressive array of talent was on show at our Open Mic night on Wednesday 14th November.

Girl stands in front of microphone, singing
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Georgia and Beth 'buddy' with musicians with disabilities for uplifting concert

Two Headington musicians have performed at a special event at the Royal Albert Hall.

Georgia, U5, and Beth, L5, were taking part in the Oxford County Music Service 'Buddy' Choir and Orchestra scheme for the Schools' Prom on Wednesday 7th November. Half of the performers were from schools specialising in special educational needs and disabilities and had learning and physical disabilities - the other musicians were 'buddied' with them.

Georgia said: "It was a really uplifting event."

Massed choir and orchestra are pictured in the Royal Albert Hall
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Centenary is marked with music and poetry

Parents, girls and members of the wider Headington community packed the school Hall for a moving and memorable Remembrance Concert on Saturday 10th November.

The Chamber Choir was joined by parents and staff to form a massed choir created especially for the occasion, while several of the School’s instrumental ensembles also performed.

Choir and Orchestra stand in front of screen, dressed in black
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Fantastic opportunity for gifted young singers

Two Headington sixth formers joined a professional cast to put on Italian opera 'La Traviata' in a spectacular performance in Gozo.

Libbeth and Anna had the incredible opportunity to perform in the chorus of the full professional opera production at the Teatru Astra opera house, - singing in Italian throughout to a packed three-tier theatre.

Curtain call picture of opera singers on stage
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Fantastic performances at first major concert of the year

Parents and staff were treated to a fantastic evening of Music on Thursday 18th October, featuring some of our large ensembles (Big Band, Soul Train and Chamber Choir), smaller ensembles (Saxophone Quartet and Flute Ensemble) as well as a great range of small jazz bands and soloists. 

Four girls stand at music stands playing brass band
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Range of emotions explored in ambitious musical programme

On Wednesday 10th October, GCSE and A Level musicians visited the Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Centre to watch the London Philharmonic Orchestra play a programme of Sibelius, Dvorak and Bartok.

London Philharmonic Orchestra set up in the Royal Festival Hall
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Tips shared on how to get the most out of music practice

On Thursday 13th September we welcomed more than 100 parents and girls to our seminar on how to simplify instrumental and singing practice. The aim of the evening was to talk about some of the pitfalls regularly encountered by busy students and to provide some effective methods to simplify and transform their practice. 

Amy Evett stands at podium with a presentation behind her
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L4 girl selected for CBBC talent show

A gifted Headington singer will star in a CBBC television programme airing later this month.

Numa, L4, was one of over 20,000 11-14 year olds in the UK to apply to take part in ‘Got What it Takes’. She was invited to apply after being scouted from a video of her singing uploaded online. After an arduous audition process, Numa was one of eight youngsters selected to appear on the show, which launches on Monday 24th September.

Numa, pictured with a microphone and stage lights
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Gamelan, African Drumming and Ukuleles feature in U3 Music Day

On Tuesday 26th June the U3 split into groups to experience a morning of musical workshops.

We were delighted to host visiting musicians who brought in fascinating instruments for the girls to try, including Indonesian Gamelan, African Drumming and Ukulele.

Head of Music Aimee Bassett said: "It was great to see students so engaged in each activity, with many of them enthused to try more in future!"

Girls sit in circle holding African drums
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Musicians from five primary schools join Headington for Young Orchestral Day

Musician from five primary schools joined Headington Prep girls and one of our Lower School ensembles for a fantastic day of music.

A total of nearly 120 children took part in the Young Orchestral Day, with musicians from St Andrew's and St Aloysius primary schools in Oxford along with Frieth in Henley, Botley and Horspath, joining the occasion.

Director of Music Aimee Bassett conducts the mass orchestra
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