The Chapel resounded to rather different music than normal on the evening of Sunday 5 March as it played host to the much anticipated annual Boarding House Singing Competition. Classic and contemporary pop classics were performed by each house in turn, selected from this year’s selection of 15 songs. As always, sole responsibility lay with the pupils, who had to prepare and conduct their house performance, largely involving the whole house singing together.
The standard was higher than ever this year, and it was evident how much time and effort had been put into preparing the performances. Director of Music, Peter Davis, also applauded the contribution of the conductors and musical leaders in each house, as well as the numerous plucky soloists who stepped up to the microphones to perform their highly accomplished solos.
All four girls’ houses offered hugely polished performances. Rushebrookes offered vibrant whole house singing in ‘Classic’, as well as impressive solos from Clo. Stevens gave an accomplished harmonised rendition of ‘Fix You’, featuring a range of high quality soloists. Buchanans showed great ambition in their creative harmonised performance of ‘Stitches’, and Round House rounded off the event with sophisticated solo and ensemble singing in ‘Up’.
The boys’ houses offered great entertainment value, and high energy singing. Wharflands set the standard with an exuberant version of ‘Dancing Queen’, whilst Chapmans offered great corporate singing to contrast the sensitive solo singing of Tom, which opened and concluded their performance. Haywoods also raised the roof with their sing-a-long style approach to the Beatles classic ‘Hey Jude’.
All of the houses are to be commended for their efforts given that they only had a week in which to prepare their performances. In his final adjudication, the Director of Music presented the shield for the best boys’ house to Chapmans, and the best girls’ house and overall winner’s trophy to Buchanans.