The Spring term came to an enjoyable end with the House Music competition that took place on the afternoon of Thursday 3rd April.
In keeping with college tradition, each house was required to produce a short concert that included a choir item, an ensemble item and a solo item. The performances had to be introduced by members of the house as well. Marks were awarded for each of the performances as well as the overall effect and quality of the compere.
The standard of all the groups was extremely high this year, which made for a very difficult job for the judge, Mr Tony Turner.
The soloists included Alan Lewis for Armstrong vocals and guitar, Alex Ingham for Cooper vocals and piano, Adrian Kehrli playing the piano for Crews and Tom O’Connell on drum kit for Armstrong. All were very close but in the end, the musicality of Adrian’s performance of i Giorni by Einaudi took the top spot.
The ensemble performances were all bands, playing a wide range of songs. All were of an extremely high standard, although balance was an issue for some groups. In the end, the top ensemble went to Armstrong as the vocalist could be clearly heard.
The choir items are often the most amusing, as the house generally comes together to produce their song. Armstrong chose to accompany theirs with a ukulele which was a lovely idea, although it was rather too loud – drowning out the singers. Hornby house impressed the judge as their song included the whole house and they sang unaccompanied. Crews House performed Happy with a very enjoyable solo from Alice Hornby before the boys all made a grand entrance down the stairs of the hall to join all the girls! Hornby also performed unaccompanied, and even managed to rope in their Head of House, Mr Adams, to start off their performance of Hakuna Matata!
Overall, the competition was very close this year, and in the end, it was the quality of the introductions that won the day for Crews house who took overall first place.