House Chamber Choirs perform virtually for 2020 House Song

Representatives from day and boarding houses came together in a revised format to perform classic hits as part of the annual House Song competition, amended this year in line with social distancing and Covid-19 secure guidance. In the adapted format, seven combined house chamber choirs took to the stage to perform pieces that were chosen and arranged entirely by the students, with their classmates able to watch the performances from their respective houses in a ‘Eurovision’ style broadcast. The choirs competed for three prizes: Best Conductor Prize, The Peer Cup, voted for by the students and Best Overall Chamber Choir.

The competition was adjudicated by Headmaster Gavin Horgan, Music Teacher John Boyle and Director of Music, Matthew Cook. Mr Cook began the evening by addressing the audience and viewers watching via livestream, explaining the format before students took to the stage in groups to perform. Performances included:

  • Choir E: Etonhurst, Overleigh and Great – Imagine by John Lennon
  • Choir F: Mill, Portway, The Lakes – Four Five Seconds by Rhianna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney
  • Choir D: St Anne’s, Kernick and Joan’s Kitchen – Beautiful Girls by Shaun Kingston/Stand by Me by Ben E. King
  • Choir A: Kingweston and Martins – Set Fire to the Rain by Adele
  • Choir B: Holmcroft, Warner and Walton – Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
  • Choir G: Orchards and Abbey – Best Part by Daniel Caesar
  • Choir C: Shapwick, The Grange, Butleigh and Southfield – Story of My Life by One Direction/Falling by Harry Styles

Best Conductor was announced as Oscar Eagle from Etonhurst House (Choir E)

The Peer Award was awarded to Choir E (Etonhurst, Overleigh and Great), with Choir C (Shapwick, The Grange, Butleigh and Southfield) in second place and Choir G (Orchards and Abbey) in third place.

The Best Overall Chamber Choir Award went to Choir F (Mill, Portway, The Lakes), Choir E (Etonhurst, Overleigh and Great) in second place and Choir D (St Anne’s, Kernick and Joan’s Kitchen) in third place.

See photos from the evening here and watch the full performances again here.

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