Music School News (Prep and Pre-Prep)
We aim to provide an enjoyable and engaging musical experience for our pupils through a broad curriculum, instrumental lessons, ensembles programme and extra-curricular activities. Keep up to date with our latest news here:
Dragon Philomusic Orchestral Day
10th February 2015
Children from Orchard Meadow, Pegasus and Windale Schools joined Dragon pupils today to form the Dragon Philomusica Orchestra to perform an orchestral piece written for them by composer, John Madden. Pupils learnt about the layout of an orchestra, and had just one day to learn their parts and to play together in their sections before coming together to rehearse. Supported by world class musicians, the children, many of whom have not had the opportunity to play in an ensemble before, pulled together with total concentration and determination for a performance to parents and guests at 3.00pm. With woodwind, strings, brass and percussion sections, supported by Director of Music, Vicky Savage, on the piano, the children worked on their ensemble skills, identifying and learning different parts and appreciating the textures these create, as well as recognising their own part within a bigger texture.
The Dragon Philomusica project is an innovative collaboration between the Dragon and Oxford Philomusica offering exciting music-making opportunities for pupils from the Blackbird Academy Trust. The Orchestral Day was the culmination of a series of open days. The project is supported by Oxford Philomusica, who fund the professional musicians taking part, the Dragon School and the Woodward Trust.
Bands' Night in Lynam Hall
8th February 2015
On Sunday evening, the Lynam Hall was transformed into a beautiful jazz venue where some outstanding music was performed and enjoyed by all. The children were inspiring in their performances of a variety of repertoire and it shone out as a highlight in the Dragon calendar. Big Band and Concert Band played some great pieces including a Mancini Medley and the all-time favourite, Big Spender. Serendipity, winner of Battle of the Bands 2014, performed their winning song Build Me Up Buttercup, alongside a new arrangement of I’m a Believer. Cosmo de Bono gave a stunning rendition of The Nearness of You where he sang, played and improvised and Cosmo and Biddy Rooney showed their improvisation skills in the jazz standard Watermelon Man. Both the Junior and Dragon Saxophone Quartets performed with precision, poise and flair. Thank you to everyone who supported this wonderful event – it was a night to remember!
Oxford Music Festival Part Two
7th February 2015
Well done to everyone who took part in the Oxford Music Festival this weekend. There were over 50 children involved and it was great to see music making at such a high standard. Many children received distinctions and were highly commended but a few results to note:
- Winners of the 'Any age piano trio class': Daichi Washimi, Cosmo de Bono and Thomas Paterson – have also been awarded The Diana Bron Trophy
- Winners of the '12 years and under Chamber ensemble class': Karen Fusa, Flora White and Kevin Zheng, as the Dragon Piano Trio
- Second place in the '9 years and under piano solo class': Robert Carver-Escritt
- Winners of the '9 years and under piano duet class' : Jake Bailey and Robert Carver-Escritt
- Winners of the '12 years and under piano duet class': Nick Pothikamjorn and Ko Uchida – have also been awarded the Oxford Times Cup for piano duet
- Third place in the '12 years and under piano recital': Kevin Zheng
- Winner of the '10 years and under piano solo class': Thomas Paterson
A Visit to Orchard Meadow
6th February 2015
Last Friday, the Concert Band and Big Band visited Orchard Meadow School to perform to a selection of children from the Blackbird Academy Trust Schools. The audience were absolutely fascinated by all the different instruments and even joined in playing percussion in one of the pieces! They were all incredibly enthusiastic and couldn’t help but tap and move along to the infectious rhythms. They heard Lean on Me, Agua de Beber, Big Spender, amongst others, and the Dragon Saxophone Quartet played a wonderfully complex arrangement of When I’m Sixty Four. The Dragons were fantastic ambassadors for the school.
Oxford Music Festival 2015
31st January 2015
Dragon musicians took part in the Oxford Music Festival this weekend and we had just under 30 children giving up their time to perform on Saturday and Sunday. The de Bono Quartet were awarded second place in the jazz ensemble class and the Dragon Junior String Quartet were given a distinction for their performance. The playing and behaviour of the Dragons was a credit to the school, and well done to the many string players who entered classes last Sunday – there were some excellent comments and results. Good luck to all the performers preparing for the festival next weekend.