Music offers all children a fundamental sense of achievement and joy. At Oundle, pupils experience the spark of musical creativity and gain skills that will serve them in any career they go on to have.
All pupils in the First to Third Forms take Music, during which they are taught basic theory, composition, analysis, performance, listening and appraising skills. The GCSE course allows for considerable development of practical musicianship skills, such as performance and composition, while Music at A level provides an opportunity to study European cultural heritage as well as other traditions from across the world.
Subjects taught here
Pupils currently take instrumental lessons each week
A unique formal partnership with the Royal College of Music has further raised the profile of Music with RCM professors delivering workshops across different specialisms at the school and an annual concert held at the at the RCM in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall.
Teaching and practice rooms as well as a separate recital room, rehearsal room, technology studio and library.
Full-time Music teachers
The Gascoigne Building houses award-winning radio station, OSCAR Radio, with facilities for musicians to record and press their own audio CDs
The department places great value in Music Scholars and gives them every opportunity to hone their skills and excel in their art. There are currently around one hundred Music Scholars at Oundle whose musical leadership ensures a full programme of exceptional performances in ensembles, orchestras, bands and choirs.
The sheer scale of Oundle’s music operation offers extraordinary diversity and scope beyond expectation. ‘Music for all’ is a
fundamental principle at Oundle School and our Music Scholars are behind that principle every step of the way, leading from the front
40 teaching and practice rooms
Built in the 17th century as the Rectory, part of the Rectory Manor, the Gascoigne Building was owned by the Smiths brewing family for much of the 19th and early 20th centuries. In the 1970s the building was enlarged with an office block by Anglian Water Authority.
The School purchased the property from them in the 1990s. The Gascoigne was officially opened in March 1996 and named after Mr C. Gascoigne, former chair of the Governors and a member of the Worshipful Company of Grocers.