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Prep Schools Brass Day at Oundle

On Friday 3rd October nine Beachborough pupils travelled to Oundle School to take part in their annual Brass Day for Prep Schools led by their Head of Brass, Adele Hudson. 75 pupils from ten different prep schools took part, and were split on arrival into three ensembles according to their ability. Much of the morning was spent rehearsing for the afternoon’s concert, which was hard work for young brass players, whose lips can feel fuzzy after only a short time! After lunch the pupils were treated to concert put on by the brass players at Oundle; this included some light-hearted variations on Frère Jacques given by the Oundle Staff Brass Quintet, with our very own Mr. Lewis on the French horn. Then there was a short rehearsal in the afternoon to ‘top-and-tail’ the pieces for the final concert. The concert went very well – I was particularly impressed at the tight ensemble of the final chords of Egyptian Camel Dance, played the beginners group and featuring Beachborough’s Joseph Pullin, Millie Giles, Ben Richards, William Gibson-Sexton, Barney Taylor. Henry Howard, George King and Archie Osborne played two contrasting pieces as part of the intermediate group, and the concert ended with the advanced group playing an arrangement of songs from The Sound of Music. Another successful day out at a senior school – well done to all involved! Report by Tom McCoy