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The Oxford & Cambridge Note Race 2017

Supported by Trinity College London

A wonderful team of 90 professional and amateur musicians have signed up to take part a Grade-1-athon challenge, in aid of Home-Start Oxford, this summer.

The musicians are each challenging themselves to learn a brand new instrument from scratch, and raise sponsorship, as part of the Oxford & Cambridge Note Race 2017. Playing on the ancient rivalry between the cities, musicians in Cambridge will be taking the challenge at the same time. The Oxford crew has been challenged to raise more in sponsorship than their Cambridge rivals.


Musicians taking part had their one and only lesson on Sunday 9th July at St Edward’s School, but now have to teach themselves their new instrument, with no more formal lessons allowed! The aim is to pass Grade One in just nine weeks. Post exam, on 10 September, musicians will perform in Oxford Town Hall as an orchestra and a choir! There will be simultaneous concerts in each city, and music has been specially commissioned for the occasion to show off (or show up!) their newly acquired skills.

In reality it will be the notes with Her Majesty’s portrait that will decide the victor!

You can support Team Oxford by following this link

https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/teamoxfordadonation1 and find out more at www.gradeoneathon.org

If you wish to join us in this spectacular event.   You can purchase your tickets here:


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               Oxford & Cambridge Note Race

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