Harmony and goose bumps at House Music

The Senior School was filled with wonderful sounds on the last afternoon before half term as the annual House Music event took place in the Longton Hall.

Director of Music Mr Andrew Baars and House Co-ordinator Mrs Rachel Bhadeshia kicked off proceedings and then handed over to the Sixth Form House Captains who acted as comperes between the acts.

There were stand-out performances across the afternoon, featuring everything from a Pixar film theme to a Beatles early classic to Clean Bandit’s Rather Be.

The event was also the first opportunity for all four Houses – Shirreff, Stanley, Gurney and Grey – to display their new logos, designed by the girls themselves, as the backdrop to each ‘set’.  These will now feature in all future House events.

This year’s rousing House Choral, in which staff as well as students took part, was Happy Ending by Mikka and all four interpretations raised the roof with applause and cheers.

Guest judge Mrs Emily Gunton, Head of Music at Blackheath High, had a tough job deciding the winners, having been delighted by the combination of instruments, range of repertoire and contrast of interpretations from groups and soloists alike.

While she deliberated with Mr Baars, the packed Longton Hall was entertained by Year 13 songstress Emmanuelle Challoner with her guitar.

In the end Mrs Gunton awarded the Senior School Ensemble prize to Shirreff for their performance of Radio Active/In the Dark. Stanley took the prize for the SydSpecial for their interpretation of Stay With Me which included choreographed percussion and provided what Mrs Gunton described as a ‘goose bump’ moment. The House Choral award went to Shirreff and, once all points were added up, they also lifted the overall House Music trophy.

A truly harmonious end to the first half of the Autumn term.

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