Summer Half Term Music Round Up

Headington Music Department’s Summer Term began with a special musicians’ trip to Warwick Arts Centre to hear the Hallé Orchestra in concert conducted by Sir Marl Elder. Fifty pupils travelled by coach to Warwick to hear epic symphonies by Vaughan Williams and Sibelius, as well as the Mozart Piano Concerto No.23, performed by young German pianist, Elizabeth Brauss.

Headington’s young musicians enjoyed the opportunity to attend a large-scale trip after several years’ hiatus, and they all felt uplifted and inspired after hearing this well-renowned orchestra in action.

The following week the department hosted two large celebration concerts: the Celebration of Piano and the Celebration of Singing. These are both highlights in the summer calendar and a chance for musicians across each year group to showcase their talents and hard work.

Mrs Aimee Jamison, Director of Performing Arts at Headington School said: “Once again, our pianists and singers performed with flair and conviction, producing two very exciting concerts – they deserve our congratulations. It was fantastic to include many of our U5 and U6 musicians before they embarked on study leave and we wish them all well. We are grateful to our team of peripatetic piano and singing teachers for their preparation and support, and particular thanks go to Ms Rubini and Miss Higgins for their organisation of the programmes.”

On 17th May, girls, parents and staff enjoyed a delightful Teatime Flute Concert hosted by Miss Roberts (Head of Woodwind and Brass) and featuring solo flautists as well as some fantastic arrangements from the two flute ensembles.

The half term drew to a close with a Lunchtime Concert on Tuesday, in which musicians from every section of school performed – some for the first time.

Mrs Jamison said: “As ever, we are very proud of our musicians and the way they regularly get involved in performance opportunities. We wish them all well as they face internal exams in the coming weeks, and we look forward to more exciting events next half term!”