Oundle School enters into partnership with the Royal College of Music28.02.2012 Oundle School have entered into a partnership arrangement with the Royal College of Music, whereby pupils from the School gain the experience of working with professors and students from the College, both in Oundle and London.
The memorandum of understanding between the two institutions was signed on Friday 13 January by Headmaster Mr Charles Bush, and Mr Stephen Johns, Artistic Director of the Royal College of Music.
The prime movers behind this partnership are Mark Messenger, Head of Strings at the Royal College of Music, and Angus Gibbon, Head of Strings at Oundle School. The historic signing was followed by a concert given by three areas of the educational spectrum; primary, secondary and tertiary.
Students and pupils also played together in performances of Grieg’s Holberg Suite and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. Students from the Royal College astounded the capacity audience with performances of James McMillan’s Second Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence to finish the concert.
Andrew Forbes, Director of Music at Oundle School remarked, “As a School we are honoured to have our name linked with the Royal College of Music. We have now worked with the Royal College on three separate occasions and are delighted to have made this formal link. We are very excited about the prospect of closer liaison in the future”
Mark Messenger, Head of Strings at the RCM said: “It is exciting to find a school which shares the same values and aspirations for their students as we do at the Royal College of Music. What was demonstrated in our concert together was commitment, energy, enthusiasm, discipline and enjoyment. I look forward to making music together in the future.”
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