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Hamilton star judges Portsmouth High School’s House Music

‘Will I ever be that good?’ asked a wide-eyed Year 4 pupil when watching the senior school’s House Music Competition on Tuesday afternoon.  An incredible musical year came to a dramatic close with the broadcast of the nail-biting finals, featuring 18 highly skilled performances representing each four houses.  A range of musical styles was on display: J.S. Bach’s sophisticated counterpoint was artfully played by Ting (Year 7) on piano and Naomi (Year 12) on cello; Daisy (Year 7) and Jemima (Year 10) sang contrasting songs from Matilda the Musical and three of the school’s large ensembles: Harmony, Music Theatre Club and Year 7 Choir proved that it is possible to make great music while still maintaining a social distance. 

It was a privilege to be joined by Hamilton West End star Sharon Rose as our endearingly enthusiastic guest judge.  ‘Oh, man,’ said the singer when asked to choose the top four winners, ‘It was so hard to decide.  Everyone was phenomenal. In order to make my decision, I was listening out for the following: stage presence, skill, originality and overall performance and my expectations were certainly exceeded by each and every one of the entries!’ Sharon then demonstrated exactly what she meant by singing a powerful solo especially for our school.

The winners were:

1st Place – Amélie H (voice)

2nd Place – Martha W (voice)

3rd Place – Jules G (voice)

4th Place – Sophie K (piano)