King’s House take victory at Senior Inter-House Music Competition

It was standing room only in the Sports Hall at Thursday night’s eagerly anticipated and fiercely contested 2017 House Music Competition. Each House had been preparing and rehearsing for weeks to produce a solo, ensemble and unison piece, meaning that every pupil in the school took to the stage at least once during the evening. 

Kicking off proceedings were Devine, with Ben’s exquisite clarinet solo followed by the whole house performance of New Radical’s “You get what you give”, and finally, “Zach’s Song” from “School of Rock”. This was followed by King’s, whose rendition of “Proud Mary” got toes tapping, before a soulful performance of Amy Winehouse’s “Tears dry on their own” which featured two Year 9 vocal soloists, Vega and Tanya. King’s wrapped up their slot with a soulful rendition of “I can’t make you love me”, performed by Upper Sixth pupil, Phoebe.

Next it was the turn of Manor, whose ensemble played “Start a fire” from the film “La La Land”, before the whole house performed “Sweet Caroline”. Manor’s soloist was Year 12 pupil Arthur, who played Piano Sonata No 5 in C minor, Opus 10 No 1 with real poise.  Manor were followed by Wolverton, who chose “Spice up your life” as their house unison song, followed by Abi playing “Concertino” by Chaminade with real character. They rounded off their segment on the programme with an ensemble performance of a Blues Brothers Medley. Last up were Gate, kicking off their part was Harvey who played “Romanza” from Poulnec’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano. This was followed by an ensemble performance of “Things we lost in the fire” as sung by Bastille, and their House Unison Song of “Classic” as sung by MKTO rounded off the evening’s entertainment. 

It was left to the event adjudicator was Dr David Bednall, University Organist and Teaching Fellow of Bristol University and Sub Organist of Bristol Cathedral, to deliberate on the results for the evening, something which he remarked upon as being “the bit he liked the least” of the event. 

Overall results for the evening were as follows: 

  • Best Overall House – King’s
  • Best House Unison Song – King’s
  • Best House Ensemble – Gate
  • Best House Solo – Abi (Wolverton)
  • Best Conductor – Luke (Devine)
  • Best Accompanist – Arthur (Manor)

The House Ranking for the evening: 

  • 1st – King’s
  • 2nd – Wolverton
  • 3rd – Manor
  • 4th = – Devine & Gate