The Music Department has seen high quality Inter-House competitions this academic year and the Michaelmas Term saw two such events, firstly with the popular Musical Theatre competition and secondly the Classical Solo Voice contest. In the Junior section of the Musical Theatre competition, the winner was Jack (E) with an impressive performance of Purpose. The Senior winner was Purdey (I) with her performance of She Used to be Mine. In the Classical competition, the Junior section was won by Luca (H) with his rendition of King David by Howells while the Senior competition was won for the second year by Evie (J) with her rendition of an Aria from Handel’s Messiah. The quality of performance from all of these young musicians was of a very high standard and attests to the current strength of singing at the College.

Of course, the Michaelmas Term is heavily weighted towards the end of term, with Remembrance and the Festive Season. The Michaelmas Concert was this year spread over two evenings. The first half of the concert showcased the accomplishments of our pupils in their instrumental ensembles over the course of the term. With it being widely reported that fewer and fewer youngsters are taking 1:1 music lessons nationally, we were incredibly fortunate to be able to hear from such a variety of groups. The second half of the concert was dedicated to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, arranged for multiple hands at two pianos and our College ensembles by Miss Sarah Smith. All in all, we witnessed a superb array of performances from nearly 150 pupils over the course of the evenings in the Music School Hall.

The Carol Service season is a firm highlight in the Chapel Choir’s calendar. Ask any member of the group what they enjoy the most about Chapel Choir and you will likely find them answer with the Carol Services. Inevitably, performing seven Services in a fortnight puts considerable pressure on this group at a time when everyone is tired, however they always rise to the challenge and this year was no exception. Highlights included a very festive Ding! Dong! and William Mathias’ characteristically rhythmic A Babe is Born.

Watch all of our wonderful music concerts here.