Tomorrow morning we will welcome Graham Topping and Hannah Dawson to d’Overbroeck’s for a Storytelling in Music workshop. This is part of our exciting ongoing partnership with Oxford Chamber Music Festival. More details of this, including what promises to be a sensational Schools Concert next month, are below:
“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. 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.
Our Schools’ Concert is an opportunity for students from all over Oxfordshire to experience fantastic music with world class musicians in a fabulous, local setting. Personally, I can’t wait to take my Year 7 students to hear the OCMF in action on 3rd October.”
Richard Poyser Director of Music at d’Overbroeck’s
This year’s Oxford Chamber Music Festival runs from 3rd-7th October under the title Elements – focusing, appropriately enough, on music surrounding the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. As Partner School with OCMF and after the success of the trial event last year we are delighted to invite pupils from local schools to attend this year’s Schools Concert– this time featuring BBC Young Musician of the Year Sheku Kanneh-Mason and extracts of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, on the 3rd October.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason recently played at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and Alexander Armstrong of Classic FM and BBC’s Pointless will be presenting the concert.
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.
If you are a teacher and would like to book your school’s free tickets for the event, please contact Will Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org , stating how many pupils and staff you would like to bring. Please bear in mind that space is limited and we want to give as many schools as possible the opportunity to bring their pupils, so we may not be able to accommodate requests for large numbers from a single school.
The Oxford Chamber Music Festival is a celebration of the joy of collaborative music-making. A limited number of tickets for each of the other festival events have been made free for young people aged 8-25 thanks to the support of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, so this presents an opportunity not to be missed! Full details of this year’s programme can be found at ocmf.net/programme-2018/ These tickets are subject to availability and need to be reserved in advance at email@example.com from 28th June onwards.
OCMF Masterclass at d’Overbroeck’s:
As part of this special collaboration, founder and artistic director of the festival, Priya Mitchell, Gareth Lubbe and Abel Selaocoe, violinist, viola player and cellist respectively of the Oxford Chamber Music Festival, came to our Sixth Form on Wednesday 27th June to lead a masterclass and hold a recital. Read more about their visit here.
Abel Selaocoe’s performance at the OCMF Masterclass was spectacular: