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 Massed musicians day
Pupils from Dauntsey’s, Wiltshire, have staged a new play, ‘Betrayed by my Mind’, conceived and directed by Upper Sixth Form pupil, Charlie Hinton.
The play offered a realistic and gritty insight into teenage mental health. Based on diaries from young adults, it aimed to challenge misconceptions surrounding mental health and encourage people to talk about the issue.
Rikki Jackson, Director of Drama, Dauntsey’s said: “It was thought- provoking, challenging, moving, and, above all, heartfelt and left
the audience feeling touched
and affected by such an honest production. Congratulations to Charlie for creating this piece of theatre and to the cast and crew for their brilliant three night run.
of much-loved numbers (such as Jurassic Park) with strings and woodwind combined.
Pupils came from the following schools: Beachborough, Beeston Hall, Bilton Grange, Copthill, Kettering School, Kingscliffe Primary, Laxton Junior School, Monks Risborough, Oundle Primary School, St Faiths,
St Hilda’s, Spratton Hall, Stoneygate, Warmington Primary and York House.
Close to 200 young children from prep and primary schools assembled at Oundle School, Northamptonshire, to enjoy a day of musical experiences and specialist teaching.
Workshop leaders included David Milsted (Head of Woodwind
and Percussion), Adele Hudson (Head of Brass and Guitar) and Angus Gibbon (Head of Strings and Alexander Technique) along with supporting music teachers from Oundle School’s Music Department.
Director of Music, Quentin Thomas said, “With large numbers of musicians comes greater opportunity, and it was a joy to hear youngsters tackle larger ensemble playing, developing their sight-reading, new approaches and ways of thinking about technique,
as well as enjoying the camaraderie of making new friends amongst larger social groups. This year we added a taste of Alexander Technique for some of the participants and their accompanying
teachers – something we are passionate about and keen to share because a good posture can fuel a lifetime of good health whilst lying central to developing excellence in practical technique.”
As the brass worked in the Great Hall complex, the strings  lled the Chapel and the woodwind group rehearsed in the recently refurbished Gascoigne Building, home to the Oundle Music department. Four concerts held
during the day encompassed great diversity, with every visiting pupil able to perform something that had been prepared during the course of the day.
Highlights included renditions from massed strings, with seventy of Oundle’s pupils supporting visiting string players, demonstrations on woodwind instruments (including the popular bagpipes), performances from staff, Oundle School smaller ensembles, and a play-through
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