House Music 2018

 The 35th House Music Competition did not disappoint this year, with the level of musicianship as high as the previous year offering a real display of team spirit throughout both evenings. The Great Hall provided a magnificent backdrop for the banners, mascots and chanting that decorated the tribal entrance of each House. From an organisational viewpoint, the competition is prominent on the agenda of both housemasters and pupils but we would especially like to thank Mr McNally and of course our Director of Music Miss Humphries, for their dedicated work over the past few weeks. There were a number of categories this year ranging from instrumental solo to vocal solo and from choir to ensemble.

 A competition, though, has to have a winner. The judges this year were Jane Silvester from De La Salle and Maj Donoghue from Beaulieu Convent School. This year's competition saw Dunlop House take first place with 81 points led by Daniel Hayden, followed closely by  Braithwaite House with 79 points, led by Calvin De Louche. In third place was Bruce House with 58 points led by Jack Scambler. In fourth place was Diarmid House with 47 points led by Viraj Kotedia, and in fifth place was Sartorius House with 16 points, led by James Spackman.

 The House Music Competition is also an opportunity to raise some much needed funds for the charity Barnardos, which does wonderful work to support disadvantaged children. This year we hope to have beaten the sum of £422.12 we raised last year through donations.

 The Robinson Cup for greatest contributor over both nights this year went to Daniel Hayden. The Derrick Cup for Best Choir this year went to Braithwaite for a very spirited and cleverly arranged performance of "Hey Ya" by Outkast.