11 April 2018
Pupils Empowered at Annual House Music Competition
This year’s House Music Competition drew the Lent Term to a fantastic close. The much-anticipated annual event showcased the musical talent of every pupil in the school.
The entries for the junior groups were varied, exciting and accomplished, with everyone receiving positive and constructive feedback from this year’s guest judge, Nikki Ridley.
The Junior Competition began with the Beatles classic, Here Comes the Sun, from Gibbs’ band comprised of Wilf Gostling and Oscar Mack on guitars, and keen singers Elsa Clayton, Tessa Davis, Sophie Greswell, Jasmine Rao, Isla Ridley, Ella Rowlands and Daisy Rundell. Eugene Louw also provided impressive rhythmic security on drums.
Oldham followed with the Scottish folksong The Dark Island. Vocalists Emma Duckham, Faith Hammond and Anna Kittow were ably accompanied by fellow musicians Poppy Chedzoy and Charlotte Ambler, who played the harp and French horn respectively.
Bradfield performed an equally lively version of the Pirates of the Caribbean theme, with a terrific quintet of percussionists, including Huckleberry Halliday, Ciaran McSwiggan, Cameron Wallace, Arthur and Daisy Webster. Annie and JJ Dayus-Jones played the violin and cello to complete the ensemble.
The final junior entry was from Whitby with A Million Dreams from the 2017 musical film The Greatest Showman. The moving performance saw Grace Eakhurst, Georgia Fidler, Grace Gompels, Eleanor Harding and Daisy Thompson add drama to their strong vocals with Gus Gompels providing support on drums. Congratulations to this Whitby group, who won the junior class.
The senior entries followed with a diverse set of songs, each of which were warmly received by guest judge, Nikki.
Whitby opened the senior section with the famous OneRepublic song, Counting Stars. Daisy Kamsner, Isabella Lawford and Harrie Richardson led the pop number, with Johnnie Drysdale supporting on bass guitar, Yoyo Fang on keyboard, Jimmy Macaskie on drums, and Emily Ogle on clarinet.
Bradfield followed with an exciting rendition of Bastille’s 2013 hit, Pompeii. The performance featured singing including excellent harmonies from Sophie Austin, Oscar Benneyworth, Maddie Brake, Hettie Chippendale, Jaime Page, Bella Salmons, Ella Spencer, Lexie Wallace and Arjun Ashok, who also played violin. The energetic drummer for the band was Lily MacNeice.
Oldham then changed the mood with a wonderfully reflective Let Her Go. This was effectively sung by Eloise Frampton, Thomas Herbert, Brayden Lee, Jasmine Stroud and Josephine Woodard, and also featured Beckie Stacey on flute and Tom Day and Henry Fuller on electric guitars.
Gibbs ended the section with a catchy rendition of Riptide by Vance Joy. Harry Besley impressed on drums, while Annabel Wright supported the singing of Felicity Gostling, Ralph Hutchins, Molly Landau, Magnus Larsen, Julia Louw, Ronnie Potter and Jemima Rundell with her expert cello playing.
It was Bradfield who won the senior class.
The House Songs this year all reflected themes of empowerment and everyone performed with emotion and strength.
Bradfield opened with Sara Bareilles’ Brave and the quality of singing was most impressive. Next came Oldham with the outstanding This is Me, again from The Greatest Showman. Here, especially, the meaning of the words were expertly conveyed, and the group made effective use of solos and small groups.
Also utilising small groups and soloists, Gibbs wowed with their performance of Rachel Platten’s stirring Fight Song, while Whitby brought the House Song section to a close with the toe-tapping Lady Gaga number Born This Way.
After some tough deliberation from the judge, Oldham were crowned House Song champions and when all the points were added up the overall winners of the 2018 House Music Competition were Whitby.
Many congratulations to all the performers and staff involved in this fantastic event. What a wonderful, if somewhat emotional, way to end the term!