Last Tuesday we held our fourth annual Inter-House Music Competition for students in Years 7-9. Each class (solo piano, solo song, solo instrument, ensemble, computer music and house song) was fiercely fought. Any adult who has to get up and perform in front of their peers in any way will know all too well that this experience is especially daunting. Every competitor is therefore to be congratulated on showing Herculean levels of courage and resilience for simply getting up on the stage, let alone managing to pull off some wonderful performances! Our judges were left with the unenviable task of picking one winner for each class which contained one student from each house.
Both Emma-Kate and Sandy commented upon the wonderful musicality, courage and technical ability which was displayed throughout the course of the afternoon. My favourite class is always the House song. It is absolutely brilliant to see every single member of Year 7-9 singing together. This year we entrusted preparation of this class to Year 10 mentors and they didn’t disappoint. Many thanks to them. There are too many other highlights to pick out here but I don’t think I will ever forget seeing our Maths teacher and Morris House leader, Ben, trying to clap along to Yellow Submarine in a rather movement restricting full shark costume!
The winners of each class were as follows:
Solo Piano: Will Turner (Cooper)
Solo Song: Omri Greenwood (Cooper)
Solo Instrument: Bea Arden, violin (Austin)
Small ensemble: Tabby Witter & Emmy Poyser (Austin)
Computer Music: Ollie Brunstrom (Morris)
House Song: Austin
Everyone who competed in the heat stages was awarded a couple of house points. These, along with house points garnered for the quiz that took place in the afternoon and the house points for singing in the song and for competing in the semi-finals and finals were added together in order to crown the winning house. This year, Cooper were victorious with a whopping 146 house points! Very many congratulations to Cooper and thanks to the House Leaders whose enthusiasm and cajoling ensured that the competition was a wonderful success.
Dr Philip Purvis
Director of Music & Music Technology