The House Music competition always showcases the extraordinary musical talent we have in the Senior School, and this year was no exception. Congratulations to Atkinson who retained the trophy for a second year as overall House winners.

The competition is open to all and was launched just before Easter. Mr Coley and Mr Wilford have heard over 100 auditions between them and from this three in each instrument category were selected to go forward to the Lower and Upper School finals which took place during the school day.

The overall winner from each category then went through to the grand final and concert which took place on Wednesday evening.

At this, finalists compete for the Foulds Cups for the Best Musician in Upper School, and the Best Musician in Lower School, as well as the House trophy, the Ivan Blunt Cup for Senior School Music.

The judging fell to Mrs Elizabeth Dunn who is founder and director of the Soar Valley Music Centre in Leicester.

In the Lower School the Foulds Cup for the Best Musician was awarded to Year 9 pupil George Hilliam who performed Blue in Green on trumpet. In Upper School the Foulds Cup for Best Musician was awarded to sixth former Samuel Veitch based on his voice solo, King David.

Mr Coley, Head of Music, said: “The standard of performances was really high throughout the whole evening which certainly made Mrs Dunn’s judging hard, but she fed back a perfect mix of constructive comments and encouragement to each performer.

It was rewarding to see the musicians we have across the school showcasing the musical pieces they have been practising hard.

A lot of them have been practising since Christmas for this competition which shows how keenly House competitions are contested across the school, and how passionate they are about their music. Some have performed pieces they’ve used in their gradings, such as Sam who sang King David as part of his Grade 8 Voice exam, and others chose their pieces simply through personal interest and enjoyment.

I am very proud to be associated with such a dedicated bunch of musicians.”

House results

  • First – Atkinson
  • Second – Bemrose
  • Third – Blackton
  • Fourth – Derby

Individual placings

Competition Pupil Placing House Instrument Piece
Best Musician in Lower School George
Hilliam
First Atkinson Trumpet Blue in Green (Davis)
Robert Thompson Second Atkinson

Saxophone

 

Sway (Demetrio)

 

Andreas Serghi Third Bemrose Violin Sonata in E (Handel)
Best Musician in Upper School Samuel Veitch First Bemrose Voice King David (Howells)
Jonathan Hilliam Second Atkinson Drums So It Is (Taylor/McDonough)
Elliot Butterworth Third Atkinson Saxophone Adagio & Allegro (Vinci)