Review: House Harmony

House Harmony: Elmhurst take the stage on Thursday night

Category: Music

House Harmony has come to be a real highlight of the Michaelmas Term, and the evening of Thursday 6th October was no exception.

Entirely student-led, teams of no more than ten singers take to the high-wire to perform original arrangements. Performances ranged from the sublime to the hilarious and the evening proved a thoroughly engaging spectacle. We were lucky to be joined by Stuart Beer, a renowned choir trainer, to act as adjudicator. His judgement was impeccable and his delivery entertaining.

Summerfield’s Stand By Me was an electric opener to the evening, making an enormous sound despite having the smallest team in the competition; C1’s performance of Feeling Good was a triumph, with a very impressive bass section supporting some smouldering solos; and Ivy sang a beautiful rendition of Don’t Forget About Me which demonstrated total control, poise, and restraint. The total silence in the Memorial Hall was a testament to their incredibly emotional performance.

All groups did their houses proud, but there had to be a winner. Mr Beer’s deliberations must have been very difficult indeed due to the immense amount of talent on display. Commendations were awarded to Elmhurst and Morris for a mesmerising performance of Runaway, and a stunning arrangement of Samson respectively.

C3 were victorious with their version of Ignition, which showcased the talents of the group to great effect: impressive solo singing, some hitherto undiscovered rapping prowess, and infectious enthusiasm combined in a marvellously engaging performance, with a well-deserved raucous response from the audience.
The evening was a tremendous success, and is all the more impressive for being run by pupils at what is a very busy time of the year. Congratulations to all involved!

James Bartlett
Graduate Music Assistant

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