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Singing hymns in Chapel binds the whole school together. Uppinghamians are proud of their singing and hymn-singing even features at the Leavers’ Ball. Pupils are encouraged to participate in one of six choirs and everyone takes part in Concert Choir at some point. The House Singing Competition and House Concerts give further opportunities for pupils to be involved in ensemble singing.
A choir of fifty committed singers and musicians who lead the School’s singing and perform in Chapel every week. In 2011 they broadcast on BBC One at the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance singing to the Royal Family. In recent years they have given concerts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and toured to Germany, China and New York. They recently gave the premiere of Out of Your Sleep by Francis Pott in Peterborough Cathedral. Former members include Andrew Kennedy, Robin Blaze, Toby Spence and Elizabeth Atherton. Current members sing with the Rodolfus Choir and National Youth Choir and participate in Eton Choral Courses and the Bach Choir's St Mathew Passion Ripieno Chorus.
Chamber Choir is a sub-set of Chapel Choir. With around twenty singers they sing challenging vocal repertoire to a high standard. The Chamber Choir sing at the annual Advent Carol Service and recently performed for The Princess Royal at Mansion House and at Clare and Trinity College, Cambridge.
A great Uppingham tradition in which all pupils participate during their time at school. Made up of more than three hundred pupils and thirty staff, Concert Choir performs the great choral works in beautiful surroundings accompanied by a professional orchestra and soloists. Recent works include the St John Passion, Saint Nicolas, Mozart Requiem and Elijah at Ely Cathedral and King's College, Cambridge.
The weekly Congregational Practice brings together the whole school in rehearsing hymns and anthems for performance in Chapel. School favourites include Zadok the Priest, Libera Me (Fauré) and the Hallelujah Chorus.
Everyone who plays an instrument is encouraged to take a full part in group music-making. As well as the major ensembles listed below there are the: Bagpipe Band, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Double Bass Ensemble, Wind Quintet.
As one of the leading ensembles within the school, the Symphony Orchestra gives major concerts throughout the year in school as well as touring to give concerts in Paris and Barcelona.
The Senior String Orchestra brings together the most advanced string players. Recent repertoire has included Holst St Paul’s Suite, Tchaikovsky’s Seranade and Grieg’s Holberg Suite.
Chamber Music opportunities are available to all pupils. Participation is seen as vital component in the future training of musicians. The biennial Uppingham Chamber Music Festival and Pro Corda’s National Chamber Music Festival act as a focus for performance.
The Sinfonia is an orchestra for intermediate players who learn ensemble skills and orchestral technique in a progressive fashion.
The Concert Band performs at several major concerts throughout the year and bring together the best wind, brass and percussion players.
The Second Band caters for intermediate players playing some of the lighter wind band arrangements.
The Big Band is a full 20-piece jazz band, playing a mixture of traditional big band scores and modern jazz classics. They rehearse once a week and are in demand for local gigs and school concerts.
The Second Big Band is for intermediate pupils who want to learn how to improvise together and train for Big Band.
These are held after school and on Sundays. These are made available to all those who are interested in: song-writing, recording in bands or as a soloist, producing, sound- engineering, re-mixing, film composing, jamming and MC-ing.
These classes help with reading music, ABRSM Aural and Grade 5 Theory take place after school and on Sundays.
The Society is named after Uppingham's first Director of Music, the Paul David Society gives pupils the opportunity to learn how to organise and promote concerts.
The AMS showcases Uppingham’s bands and DJs and also acts as a society through which students can organise rock, jazz or alternative music event. Performances are held two or three times a term in the Theatre, Undercroft or Thring Centre, and are backed by the enormous AMS sound system, light and laser show, big screen graphics and unique décor.
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