Oakham Music Day for Singers and Strings

17 Oct 2016

20 singers and string players enjoyed a great day of music making at Oakham School, entitled ‘Shakespeare in Sound’. The children rehearsed a fantastic selection of pieces for choir and strings, both separately and together. Pieces for the string players included works based on the story of Romeo and Juliet by both Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. Peter Davis, Oakham’s Director of Music also composed an exciting new piece for the string players especially for the day, called ‘Play On’, incorporating many of the Bard’s famous quotations. The singers prepared a variety of settings of Shakespeare’s words: ‘Spring’ (words from Love’s Labour’s Lost) by Ronald Corp, ‘You spotted snakes’ by Mendelssohn, ‘Our revels now are ended’ (words from The Tempest) by Bob Chilcott and ‘It was a lover and his lass’ by John Rutter. The singers and stringers along with Oakham’s Chapel Choir (and solo trumpet and organ!) joined massive forces at the end for a stirring performance of ‘Non nobis Domine’ by Patrick Doyle, from the Kenneth Branagh film version of Henry V.