Pupils Rock Out at House Music Competition
As is always the case, the Lent Term came to a dramatic close this year with the final of our House Music Competition. This annual event features almost every pupil in our Prep school – excluding those who are overseas or competing at the Rosslyn Park 7s – and sees them showcase their wealth of vocal and instrumental talent.
The entries for this year’s junior groups section were varied, exciting and accomplished, receiving positive and constructive feedback from guest judge, Claire Brickley. Beginning with the recent High Hopes by American rock band Panic at the Disco!, Gibbs’ band featured an impressive number of singers, alongside three electric guitars, trumpets, violins and drums.
Oldham followed suit with the classic Katrina and the Waves number, Walking on Sunshine. This performance saw a quartet of singers supported by two trumpets, two guitars, a French horn, trombone, violin and even drums.
With seven singers and excellent use of solos, Whitby serenaded the audience with Sonna Rele’s Strong, while the final junior entry, Bradfield, wowed with the toe-tapping We Go Together from Grease. Featuring saxophones and a strong team of vocalists, it was a memorable performance.
The senior entries followed with a similarly diverse field of songs, all again receiving positive comments from Claire Brickley.
Whitby began with the popular Marshmello/Bastille ‘collab’, Happier, which was performed with a good sense of staging and included pupils on both piano and drums. Bradfield followed with an upbeat rendition of The Script’s Superheroes which also included clarinet, French horn, piano, drums and bass guitar.
A shift of mood was offered by Gibbs who performed Lewis Capaldi’s 2019 hit Someone You Loved with a sensitive accompaniment of guitar, French horn, cello and drums. The final group in the competition was Oldham, who performed Abba’s Waterloo with a fabulously dressed quartet of singers, backed by strong percussion and drums.
This year’s House Songs were inspired by Brexit (which just so happened to feature some suitably Brexit-themed lyrics!). Gibbs opened with Anna Kendrick’s Cups (When I’m Gone), a popular ditty featured in the 2012 comedy film, Pitch Perfect. This number included some excellent ‘cup-ography’ from the Year 8 girls, and made effective use of the ukulele.
Oldham went second with a well-sung rendition of the catchy Beatles number Hello, Goodbye, while Bradfield rocked with the popular Oasis track Don’t Look Back in Anger. Whitby finished the competition with a lively performance of The Final Countdown by Europe (the band, not the continent!).
Head of Music, Gareth Dayus-Jones, commented: “Many congratulations and thanks to all of the singers, and to the staff and guests who were involved in this competition. It really was a wonderful way to end the Lent Term.”
Published on: Thursday, January 1, 1970