Director of Music Mr George Tinsley and music teacher Mr Jan Guthrie conducted a rigorous selection process towards the end of term with 300 auditions across the senior school for entry to the House Music competition.
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.
Following these individual acts, all girls and staff from the Houses performed with renditions of ‘Everybody Wants to Be A Cat’ from the Aristocats, (Gaskell) ‘The Time Warp’ from the Rocky Horror Show (Eliot), ‘I Just Can’t Wait to Be King’ from The Lion King (Austen) and ‘Dancing Queen’ from Mama Mia (Bronte). All the performances literally rocked the Hall with House Captains urging on their flocks.
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.