After the very high overall standard of the House Harmony and an hour to eat and change, the whole school reassembled in the Mem Hall for this year’s House Shout. The evening started powerfully with a punchy performance of Preshute’s
choice, Teenage Dirtbag. Next on were Barton Hill, sporting yellow buttonholes and snappily dressed in dark suits. Their song, Accidentally in Love, was strong, rhythmic and very clearly sung. This year, Turner House and Ivy
House had opted to combine as a mixed house, and Tik Tok lifted everyone’s spirits, with the whole school clapping in rhythm with the energy of the song. Once everyone had settled down, Millmead were on with Some Nights, a very well performed song full of verve and dynamic range.
Next were Summerfield presenting a full voiced rendition of Our House complete with additional elements of instruments and a vocal solo. New Court gave the Britney Spears number Baby One More Time a strong performance with bright, clear tone. Littlefield were on next, their choice, Town Called Malice by The Jam, showing a fine range of dynamics with a well controlled fade out at the end – an unusual ending for a House Shout entry. Cotton House’s song, Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen, presented the audience with a great song and a house in full voice, with extra effects provided by harmony passages and bass guitar backing. Following this, Morris House performed Jump by The Pointer Sisters, an exuberant and high octane performance.
C2 then followed, smartly turned out to sing Bam Bam by King Charles, a song delivered with energy and real strength. After this came C1 with Fire, a cleverly designed performance with contrasting effects of full chorus and smaller subdivisions adding answering phrases. B1 then stepped up to perform Call Me Maybe, colourful, stylish and clearly popular as they earned a standing ovation from sections of the audience. They were followed by Elmhurst, singing Spectrum by Florence and the Machine, a great song sung with colour, dynamism and verve. Finally, C3 produced a splendid finale with Happy Together by The Turtles, tuneful, very well coordinated and rounding off a fine evening with a strong message.
After the B1 winning harmony entry had performed its reprise to resounding applause, Dr Ridley returned to the stage to congratulate all the Houses on an excellent evening. After commenting on each entry, he awarded the prizes: Boys’ House winners were Barton Hill, with runners-up C3; Girls’ House winners were Millmead, with runners-up Morris House; and Mixed House winners were Summerfield, with runners-up Preshute. Praising their close second place in the Harmony and their Girls House success, he awarded the overall trophy for this year to Millmead.