“The Oxford Chamber Music Festival (OCMF) is an inspirational concert series that takes place in Oxford at the beginning of October every year and which features international performers from the world of classical music.
d’Overbroeck’s is delighted to be working as Partner School with the Oxford Chamber Music Festival again this year. Our commitment to making music as approachable and enjoyable as possible for all of our students is mirrored in the OCMF’s educational vision: they too seek to introduce music in all of its glorious complexity and life-affirming richness to as wide an audience as possible. There is no sense of being patronising; programmes are not dumbed-down; but the energy, enthusiasm and desire to communicate that their wonderful musicians bring to each performance break down the barriers of exclusivity that deter so many from classical music.
This year’s Children’s Concert in the Sheldonian Theatre is an amazing opportunity for students from all over Oxfordshire to experience fantastic music with world class musicians in a fabulous, local setting. This year’s theme showcases the power of music to tell tales and convey landscape and the concert will feature Scandinavian folk music (including a massed folk singing session with all of the assembled schools) and Norse readings as well as Grieg’s beautiful Holberg Suite. Personally, I can’t wait to take our Year 7 and 8 students and the musicians from the d’Overbroeck’s International School to be part of the action on 9 October.”
Richard Poyser Director of Music at d’Overbroeck’s
Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2019
As part of this year’s OCMF, the annual Schools/Children’s’ Concert will be held at the Sheldonian Theatre on 9 October. It is entirely free for pupils to attend and teachers can book tickets via THIS LINK.
The concert, created in participation with d’Overbroeck’s specifically for school children around Oxfordshire, will showcase a selection of our festival performers, offering a varied programme that will be fun, inspiring and interactive. The programme will consist of a mixture of informative examples from Scandinavian folk music and some Norse readings, which will involve the children participating in folk singing, led by one of our own leading Scandavian musicians. The programme will also showcase music from the festival programme, which will include movements from Grieg’s Holberg Suite.
As with last year’s event, this concert will be very student friendly. The pieces will be introduced in detail before they are performed and there will be opportunity for audience participation. The concert will expose students to music and instruments they wouldn’t ordinarily hear whilst offering a unique opportunity to hear some of the country’s leading musicians perform live.