The Close House Music Competition is hotly contested as usual! Posted - 11/10/2019

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First and Second Form pupils banded together to compete in The Close House Music Competition. As in previous years, the competition was tight and hotly contested, with every performer trying to beat the (as yet) undefeated Clapton.

The first round welcomed the House Bands where Royal Wanstead opened the show with Sloop John B, presenting a united front with strong guitar and string sections. Reedhams followed with a rendition of Ghostbusters, including steady percussion and lively horn sections. The boys in Clapton presented Shape of You by Ed Sheeran, with the three singers leading a brilliant band of musicians. Royal Putney finished the line-up of bands with a performance of the ever-humorous Birdie Song played wonderfully by the woodwind section. The winner of the House Ensemble was Reedhams.

Each House was represented by three soloists in the second round, showing an array of talented drummers, guitarists and singers, along with promising pianists, woodwind and brass players. Archie Jenkins and Emilio Da Silva won joint second place for Royal Wanstead, playing guitar and piano respectively. First place was awarded to Ben Walker, Clapton, who won with a beautifully controlled performance of Yesterday by The Beatles on guitar.

The final round welcomed all the boys in The Close to the stage with each House taking it in turns to perform their House Song. First place went to Royal Putney with a highly engaging, foot-tapping and committed rendition of I Wan’na Be Like You from The Jungle Book.

Clapton secured second place, showing gusto and passion in its performance of Hi Ho Silver Lining by Scott English and Larry Weiss. Reedhams and Royal Wanstead performed You Really Got Me by Ray Davies, and December, 1963 (Oh What a Night) by Bob Gaudio and Judy Parker respectively, displaying enthusiasm in their performances, with a clear sense of unity in each.

In the end Royal Wanstead was declared this year’s winners, ending Clapton’s run of victories since the inauguration of this event!

Stephanie Drake, Music Department

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