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House Part-Song 2019

Monday 18 February 2019

The vocal skill, confidence, and nerve demonstrated by every house at Friday’s (15th February) Part-Song Competition was hugely impressive; climbing the stage of Big School to sing as a small group in front of 900 peers is no mean feat! Perhaps even more impressive is what lay behind these performances: the hours of practice, persistence, determination, and teamwork. This competition – which is entirely pupil-led – certainly shows Christ’s Hospital at its best.

The programme was interesting and varied, from Leigh Hunt A’s refined close-harmony arrangement of Abba’s greatest hits, to Middleton’s sensitive rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, sung by a consort of just six pupils, to Thornton A’s reflective and moving performance of When the party’s over by Billie Ellish. Maine’s Motown Medley was popular with the audience, entertaining both for its musical quality and flashy choreography, and Grecians East’s Michael Jackson Medley was vibrant and engaging.

Dan Ludford-Thomas, Head of Vocal Studies at Dulwich College, had the unenviable task of having to judge between the performances. Commenting that the standard was high across the board, he was most struck by the soulful poignancy of Grecians West’s Daniel Caesar Medley (featuring some superb solos by Taiyese, who also arranged the medley), by the vitality and 1920s chic of Coleridge B’s That Man (Caro Emerald), and by Peele’s assertive and sophisticated performance of The Jackson 5’s I want you back.

A good-natured and affirming evening of high-level music-making, and a great way to end the first half of Lent.

Boys 1st: Peele – I want you back (The Jackson 5)

Boys 2nd: Maine – Motown Medley

Girls 1st: Coleridge B – That man (Caro Emerald)

Girls 2nd: Thornton A – When the party’s over (Billie Ellish)

Girls 3rd: Thornton B – Rolling in the deep (Adele)

Grecians: West – Daniel Caesar Medley

 

P. A. J. Hodgkinson

Director of Music

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