On Wednesday morning the annual House Singing competition saw each House performing a small group harmony and whole House unison song. The effort from the Sixth Form in preparing for the event was evident for all to see, as was the students’ clear enthusiasm for their Houses.
The Harmonies could have been performed by professional choirs and the unison songs were definitely loud and (mostly!) tuneful. The chosen songs for the choirs of 250 were rousing renditions of Africa (Toto) a funky version of September (Earth, Wind and Fire), committed singing in Uptown Girl (Billy Joel), and a clever mash-up of I want you back with I just can’t wait to be king. The instrumental bands formed of students and staff from the Houses were highly impressive with their support for the singing as well.
It was a very close-run competition adjudicated by Dominic Ellis-Peckham, a choral expert in demand on the BBC, in Hollywood and at the London A Capella Festival. Overall placings were joint third to Hodgson and Williamson, second to Cranston and ahead by five points were a very worthy Bird.