House Music in true Portsmouth High School style
In true X Factor style, the ‘live show’ came down to performances of the final twelve in the last week of term.
From groups singing their own compositions to Vivaldi on violin, there was an eclectic mix of musical pieces which were performed to an incredibly high standard to an enthusiastic audience all rooting for the much cherished prize of Hayes House Music Cup.
In fairness to each act, Houses were not disclosed and each act gave their very best performances. From Year 7 to Year 12 they sang and played their hearts out.
Former pupil and music scholar, Alana Grady, was joined by Mr Keith Ellison, Director of Music from St John’s College and two music prefects from the Junior School, Alice Snook and Ruby Newport Spiers to judge the competition.
An anxious audience waited whilst the judges deliberated. In joint first from the individual acts were Jia Feng (Eliot) and Anna Masic (Bronte) both in Year 7. Jia’s performance of an allegro by Vivaldi and Anna Masic’s rendition of ‘Clown’ stunned the audience. The duet, sung by Abi Harindra (Gaskell) and Lucy Haynes (Austen), both Year 10, was awarded third place. The best House performance went to Eliot’s ‘The Time Warp’.
Points were awarded to all the individual acts and numbers of entries and the Hayes House Music Cup was won by Eliot.