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Three concerts held to celebrate musical talent

The Music Department was proud to present its first Celebration Week of the year, focusing on five instrumental disciplines across three concerts. 

Brass and woodwind musicians perform to packed audience
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Girls perform jazz classics

After school on Tuesday 20th February the Music Department hosted an informal jazz concert, complete with cake and aptly named Jazz Cakes. 

Over 20 girls from L4 to U6 performed as part of bands and individually, with songs that ranged from jazz standards such as 'Fly Me to the Moon' to Maroon 5's 'This Love'. Each performance was accomplished and had the audience tapping their toes along. 

Three girls sing into a microphone
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First rehearsals of hit musical Fame start

This week marked the start of the road for all the girls involved in Fame!

The hit musical will be this year's Lower School production and will be performed in the Summer Term.

With over 100 girls auditioning for the cast and the iconic soundtrack provided by our very our student led band, the Drama, Dance and Music departments are buzzing with excitement for this production.

Girls rehearse Fame!
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Beautiful Carol Service reminds of the meaning of Christmas

The stunning environs of Christ Church Cathedral resounded with the sound of singing as Headington held its annual Carol Service in the cathedral.

Despite the daytime service for girls being cancelled due to poor weather, plenty of girls, parents, staff and Headingtonians braved the ice and snow to make their way to Christ Church for the service on Tuesday 10th December.

The service combined traditional carols with some more modern classics and featured beautiful singing from Chamber Choir and the Headingtones, with some harmony provided by our staff choir.

Chamber Choir process down the nave led by the Director of Music
Girls in uniform sing
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Fantastic and diverse performances at festive concert

The Winter Concert, held on Thursday 23rd November, was a great success. The concert involved over 150 girls of all ages across the Prep and Senior schools in nine different ensembles.

Girls perform
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Bassoonist takes part in prestigious concert

Gifted musician Georgia Macfarlane, L5, performed at the Royal Albert Hall at the Music for Youth Proms.

 

Bassoonist Georgia was playing with the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra and performed ‘Pines of Rome’ by Respighi and then the finale ‘Shine the Light Bright’ which was commissioned by Music For Youth and written by Pete Letanka.

 

Orchestra on stage stands to take applause
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Girls are encouraged to turn their hands to something new

There were a few squawks, honks and screeches as girls got to grips with a brand new instrument.

Each year Headington holds a Try an Instrument week, aimed at introducing new instruments to girls. In some cases the girls had neither seen nor tried the instruments in question before. There were lunchtime demonstrations by some of our skilled Music teachers, along with opportunities for girls to have a go for themselves in lessons.

Three girls sit playing a harp, a double bass and a violin while Director of Music Aimee Bassett looks on
One girl blows into a trombone, assisted by Director of Music Aimee Bassett
One girl plays the violin while her friends look on
Director of Music Aimee Bassett helps a girl play the violin
One girl attempts the double bass while another plucks the harp
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Girls join with eight schools for singing workshop

On Sunday 17th September, eight Headington singers took part in a Close Harmony Workshop at Radley College. Paul Smith, the founder of leading a cappella group 'Voces8' led the day, along with members of the powerful vocal ensemble 'Apollo5'. They started the day with fun vocal warm-ups and a performance, after which visiting singers, from eight schools across Oxford, were split into small a cappella groups.

Singers in circle at Close Harmony workshop
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Concert is tribute to Sonia Vichniakov

Headington's first lunchtime concert of the academic year proved to be a particularly special and poignant one.

We welcomed Headingtonian Sara Lourie alongside Lindsey Warren and Danny Chapman for a short recital in memory of Sonia Vichniakov - a former Headington Director of Music who taught in the School in the 1990s. Sonia sadly passed away earlier this year.

The trio performed on recorders, cello and harpsichord to an audience of staff, current and former pupils and other interested parties.

Headingtonian Sara Lourie performs at tribute concert
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