New orchestra begins to take shape

Nearly 50 members of the Headington community have signed up to take part in a very special orchestral performance.

As part of the Year of Community, staff, parents, alumnae and members of Headington’s wider community were invited to sign up to join the Headington School Community orchestra for one special performance.

So far, 43 people have signed up, including 12 members of staff, 19 parents, nine alumnae from 1984 right up to 2019 and three members of the School’s wider community.

It’s not too late to sign up for the concert on Saturday 25th April and there are still spaces for violinists, double bass, trumpets, French horn and tuba players. Those who have signed up will be sent their music to practice at home before coming together during the day of the concert for a full day rehearsal followed by their first performance as an orchestra.

The programme includes music by Brahms, Beethoven and Bizet and will feature Headington’s Head of Strings Miss Esther Hopkinson as soloist in Beethoven’s Violin romance in F.

Conductor (and Headington’s Theory of Knowledge co-ordinator) Mr Martyn Wilson said: “I’m very pleased that the enthusiastic response from parents, old girls and staff has produced an orchestra.

“This is an opportunity for different parts of the Headington community to get together and do something that they enjoy doing. I’m really looking forward to us making music together on 25th April.”

Mr Wilson is aiming for a total orchestra of between 50 and 60 musicians.

To sign up, email The rehearsal will be from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm on Saturday 25th April followed by a concert at 6.00 pm and drinks and nibbles will be served. There will also be a collection in aid of IntoUniversity, the School’s Year of Community charity.