Senior School House Signing Competition

This year’s House Singing Competition had the theme of Queen.  The four House Captains drew their House songs out of a hat in chapel before half term and rehearsals commenced shortly after. Bringing the Houses together and competing on St Edmund’s day is a fabulous way of celebrating as Houses and a school.  This year’s competition was the best in the collective Music department’s memory.

Watson kicked the afternoon off with a rousing performance of Somebody to Love.  Nic Yanni led procedings at the start with a call and response section inspired by Freddie at Live Aid.  The House sang well and it was an exciting performance.  Freddie Rupp bringing the song to a high pitched conclusion.

Wagner were next with Radio Ga Ga.  Pom poms and moustaches adorned the House and they made a big sound from the start.  They sang with confidence and added harmonies where possible.  Matthew Bawtree impressed as Wagner’s Freddie with a half length microphone stand.

Warneford followed with Hammer to Fall.  This was an energetic performance.  Nathaniel and Imogen acted out the song very well throughout and the House included many dance moves.

Baker finished the House songs with I Want to Break Free.  This started with four part acapella and went into a spirited performance.  Cameron Molland performed well as the Baker Freddie, complete with vacuum cleaner, dress and wig.

All four Houses were accompanied by a professional House band and this really made the occasion; singing with a live rock band is something that most pupils will not do in their normal lives!

Mr Payne congratulated Watson for winning the House Music competition that took place before half term and then we heard performances from the highest scoring individual performance and Ensemble.  Lizzie Bourne sang When We Were Young (Adele) accompanied by Alex Thorne on the piano.  Warneford followed with a performance of Falling Slowly (from the musical Once).  Andrei and Rebecca sang very well and the school showed their appreciation after both performances with standing ovations.

No House Singing Competition is complete without a staff item and a select band of St Edmund’s staff, supported by members of the Chamber Choir delivered a ‘unique’ version of Bohemian Rhapsody with an impromptu blow-up guitar solo from our very own Bursar, Mr Scott-Kilvert.

Our adjudicator, Jeremy Bowyer from St Lawrence College, gave warm feedback to all Houses.  Wagner were crowned winners of the competition.

Pupils, staff and band members all commented on the success of the afternoon.  It was a wonderful occasion.