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During the afternoon of Friday 2 October, the atmosphere was electric. The main school building echoed with the Frozen soundtrack, and those standing in the centre of the Quad were treated to a rather intriguing fusion of Neil Diamond and the Foundationers – all in preparation for ‘the event of the year’.
The House Singing competition is a marked highlight of the School’s calendar, and an important way of unifying each house and making their new intake feel part of the house ‘family’. Regardless of the outcome, the inclusion of every member of each house amplifies its identity.
We were exposed to a wealth of musical offerings but it was the houses that chose their repertoire careful that came to the fore. Haslewood’s unison song, Build Me Up Buttercup, demonstrated a full command of the song. All of the singers sang as one, with clarity and precision, and thoroughly deserved the unison trophy.
The part-song is always more demanding and those houses with more music scholars and choir members tend to prevail. Gloucester’s rendition of Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall, arranged by Alice Bloomfield, was inventive and utilised the talent of their singers to the full.
Both houses were worthy winners of each section, but all the houses deserve praise for the time, energy and enthusiasm that they put into their performances.
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