With the theme of ‘Save the Planet’, each of the five Upper School Houses presented a short programme featuring a soloist, a vocal ensemble and a whole House choir. Music Scholar, Antonia McClintock said,
My House, Holcombe, were first on stage as we were last year’s winners, and I kicked the competition off with my solo performance of Allegro Appassionato by Saint-Saëns on the cello. This was followed by our vocal ensemble’s performance of Stay I Pray You from Anastasia and our instrumental arrangement of Concerto de Aranjuez by Joaquim Rodrigo and our set finished with the Holcombe House choir’s lively rendition of Radioactive by Imagine Dragons, which I accompanied on the piano, along with Jiwon on the violin.
The competition then continued with the other Houses presenting their programmes. Highlights included Queena’s mesmerising performance on the marimba for Aisholt, winning her best soloist, AGN’s creative instrumental rendition of the theme tune from Up, Tedworth House choir’s energetic performance of Africa by Toto, which won best House choir and AGS’s vocal arrangement of When the party’s over by Billie Eilish, which won best vocal ensemble. Recognition must also go to the Lower Sixth House conductors who did a brilliant job of organising the music and rehearsals for their Houses, as well as to Miss Holmes for accompanying the soloists and the adjudicator Tim Bennet, who gave us valuable feedback on our performances. It was an evening to remember for Holcombe as we were overall House Music champions for the second year running!
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