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House Music Festival

28 September 2017

On Tuesday 26th September, the entire senior school gathered in St. Andrew’s Hall for the culmination of this year’s House Music Festival. This comprised of the performances for the Bernard Burrell Memorial Prize, as well as each house’s House Shout. This year’s festival yet again saw an exceptional standard of choral and instrumental pieces performed across two days, with every competitor eager to gain valuable house points for every performance.

First up in St. Andrew’s Hall were the three pieces which made up the instrumental solo performances to be judged for the Bernard Burrell Memorial Prize. These were judged to be the best three performances of the instrumental solo classes from the previous two days. First up was Jonathan Jolly (L6S) on saxophone, followed by Kadja Ruda (U5E) on violin and finally Caitlin Obee (U6B) on flute. All three performances were of the highest quality and the judges praised all three but decided that it was Caitlin who would win this year’s Bernard Burrell Memorial Prize.

It was then time for the ever anticipated House Shout; a chance for each house to demonstrate their musical abilities as an ensemble. The choice of music ranged from Goodbye Mr A (The Hoosiers) to Mamma Mia, with a certain 80s theme running through the choices this year. Parker’s rendition of Is this the way to Amarillo was full of noise and enthusiasm but it was Coke House, with Goodbye Mr A, who were awarded first prize.

Despite this it was Brooke House who ended up winning the overall prize for the House Cup, made up of the scores for the individual, ensemble and full house pieces.  


The results are as follows:

House Music Festival Cup

1st Brooke

2nd School

3rd Coke


House Shout

1st Coke – Goodbye Mr A

2nd Parker – Is this the way to Amarillo

Joint 3rd Repton – Don’t You Want Me?

                Valpy – Changes

4th School – Hooked on a Feeling

5th Brooke – Mamma Mia

Joint 6th Seagrim – (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher

                Nelson – Never Going To Give You Up


The full programme for House Music can be seen here.

Caitlin Obee during her Bernard Burrell Memorial Prize winning performance

House Shout winners Coke House

House Cup winners Brooke House

House Shout winners Coke House