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Dr David Hill MBE inspires Oakham School choir

How Sir Alex Ferguson enthused about Manchester’s world-renowned Halle Orchestra to his players was just one anecdote from well-respected choral director Dr David Hill MBE to Oakham School’s annual choir dinner.

Dr Hill was the guest speaker at the event which is the Headmaster’s annual thank you to the 115 pupils who’s singing enriches school services and concerns throughout the year.

Dr David Hill reception (6655560)
Dr David Hill reception (6655560)

Peter Davies, director of music, said: “We were privileged to welcome Dr David Hill as our guest speaker, whose services to choral music have recently been recognised with the award of an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

“It was particularly appropriate for him to return in Nigel Lashbrook’s final year as Headmaster, having previously been guest of honour in his first year as headmaster.

“In fact, it was Dr Hill’s visit to Oakham in 2010 that inspired his own move to Rutland and his choice of Oakham School for his son’s secondary education.”

Dr Hill also encouraged pupils to sing with a smile from within, to persevere difficult repertoire and to get out of their comfort zones by getting know to other singers and try sitting in different places during rehearsals.

Choral music performed throughout the evening including an arrangement of ‘What shall we do with the drunken sailor?’, McFly’s ‘It’s all about you’ dedicated to the director of music and the Grace in a setting by William Mathias.

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