For the first time in two years, the Music Department was able to organise two music competitions in the first half of the Autumn Term.
There were 100 performances during both events with a record number of pupils (60) taking part in the solo round of the House Music Competition. It was an occasion for the pupils to gain some valuable performing experience, playing in front of a small group of their peers, and they were provided with some valuable feedback from the adjudicator.
The Lower Years event consisted of the solo round, which featured nearly 40 pupils in three categories, vocal, instrumental and piano, and the Form Song competition. For the vast majority of pupils in both year groups, it was the first time that they had performed as a soloist at King’s in College Hall. All of the performances demonstrated the strength of music at King’s with well-prepared and confident renditions of the music they had rehearsed and this bodes well for the future. Form and music staff worked together for three weeks, preparing a song for each group to sing. The Lower Fourth winner was L4E, with Coldplay’s Viva la Vida, and the runner up was L4D, with Bastille. The Headmaster, as well as other staff and pupils, were seen doing the dance moves to L4A’s performance of YMCA and the whole year joined in with the final chorus of L4C’s Sweet Caroline following some encouragement by Henry and Henry charging around College Hall! U4A were the winners of the Upper Fourth competition with their excellent performance of The Lion Sleeps Tonight. This included some impressive three-part harmony, as well as guitar and djembe accompaniment and lots of onesie costumes! U4D were runners up with a rousing performance of Radioactive. The adjudicator for the day was Ben Sawyer, an experienced choral director, teacher and educator, based in Gloucestershire.
In the final week of half term, it was the turn of the Middle Years and Sixth Form pupils to show what they could do as soloists in College Hall. A record number of 60 pupils performed in this competition and we only just managed to squeeze all the performances into one day. The adjudicator for this competition was the Cathedral’s Director of Music, Samuel Hudson. It was a wonderful day of music-making, where pupils thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity not only to perform but to hear and support their fellow musicians at a time when participating and watching live music has been so challenging. Unfortunately, it was not possible to put on the House Song competition or the two winners’ concerts. Instead, we have placed the videos of the winners and runners up of both competitions for the whole school community to view into two Firefly pages.