Max Kendix (U6th) writes: On Monday night, the grand biennial House Music event took place in the Great Hall. Split into two categories – instrumental and vocal – every House had spent the last few weeks struggling for rehearsal times, singers, musicians and a piece to unite the gifted and those drafted to fulfil the stringent quotas of the competition.
The night promised an eclectic mix of great tunes and did not disappoint. Highlights included Walter’s excellent adaptation of the Nintendo Wii tune - having had Fifth former Aidan Ho arrange the piece - followed by singing ‘Rule the World’ by Take That, and lifting visibly anxious Third Formers.
Other highlights included Clive House, despite having a house colour of red, spraying their hair orange to impersonate Ed Sheeran in ‘Shape of You’, led by a brilliant Rishi Jain solo! At the end of an exciting and varied night, the musical war came down to a single battle between the formidable force of Manor and the underdog of underdog Houses, Andrewes.
The external adjudicator John Rayfield, Director of Music at Aldenham School, spent five minutes deeply considering the final verdict. The announcement was of an Andrewes victory, based on the beautiful string sextet rendition of Titanium and a jazzy Goodnight Sweetheart with a superb solo by Praniv Ahluwalia. Second overall was Manor, with surreal six-part harmonies in the vocal ‘All Of Me’ and an amusing and wellcoordinated brass-led ‘Crunchy Frog’. Spenser’s ‘I Feel Good’ and ‘Hit the Road Jack’ earned them third, with some special praise for White’s ‘Purple Rain’ and ‘Birdland’, featuring an incredible Saxophone solo from Toby King-Cline.
Andrewes came away with the oddly shaped trophy, for the first time in an astonishing 48 years. The night, however, was entertaining and rewarding for all, with a house spirit imbued in all.