Cadbury Win House Music!
The most popular House Competition of the year was back on Wednesday 15th March with Bentsi-Enchill, Cadbury, Fox and Tubman going head-to-head for the musical champions title once again. Students were keen to participate with their musical performances, dancing and supportive shouting as each House presented one junior and one senior solo act, one small ensemble, an original composition for each of junior and senior categories and one large ensemble.
The enthusiasm for this event is always electric and 2023 was no exception! Described as “a cross between a rock concert and a rugby match” the audience comes armed with plenty of equipment to create its own atmosphere banging drums, saucepans and rattles to add to the general din! In contrast to the gaps between performances, the musical pieces are incredible and each act is given silence and respect as they deliver their show.
This year’s judges included Kevan Frost, Musical Director for Boy George & Culture Club: Richard Llewellyn, Education Manager UK from Steinberg Media Technologies and also a trumpet player; Helen Paskins, professional freelance clarinet player currently on trial for the position of principal clarinet with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: and Tim Watts, sub-principal oboe of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and is Principal Oboe for English Touring Opera and Southern Sinfonia. Helen was enthusiastic about her judging experience, emailing Director of Music and Media, Rosemary Scales, after the event to say “a huge thank you again for such an impressive evening! You are clearly doing an awesome job with your department and it was very inspiring to see the students all working so hard and enjoying themselves so much. Thank you so much for taking care of us judges so well and for being so organised, thoughtful and attentive.”
Rose commented “What an amazing evening of wonderful music, fantastic LP community spirit and incredible teamwork. It was so inspiring to watch the students perform a whole evening of music that they have organised, rehearsed, composed and produced themselves. Congratulations to every student who took part.”
The overall competition winners were Cadbury House, with House Clerk Zoe sharing her delight with everyone “Wow, I’m still taking in our fantastic House Music win! So proud of everyone who performed and supported this evening for Cadbury! This is a massive achievement; I’m already looking forward to watching back the House Music recordings!”