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House Performing Arts 2013

25 February 2013

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Spring half term always ends on a high note as the whole senior school takes part in the annual House Performing Arts Competition. This year's competition was as fiercely fought as ever with every student singing their heart out in House songs and ensembles. When not performing the girls were cheering on their rivals with just as much passion and volume!

For this year's theme each House was given a decade from which to select their songs.

House Performing Arts winners Down gave an energetic performance of the very appropriate Down for their House song from 'the noughties' which included effortless rapping. In contrast their ensemble song Valerie showcased exquisite harmonies alongside an acoustic guitar. These performances made Down very worthy House Performing Arts Champions.

Chartwell went furthest back in time to the 1960's with vibrant and very funny performances of Big Spender and a Do You Love Me?/Twist and Shout mash up which earned them 2nd place in the competition.

Quebec students embraced 1970's rock and psychedelia with slick and well rehearsed performances of Play that Funky Music and What I like about you which won Best House song and 3rd place overall.

Knole took Best House Ensemble for their passionate, air grabbing rendition of 90's hit Keep on Moving. They created a real party with their House song, a mega 90s mash up which seemed to encompass nearly every hit from the decade!

Montreal was most current of all with only 2010 - 13 to choose their songs from. They performed Forget You with great panache and humour and followed it up with a rousing Trouble Maker.

Penshurst won Best Presentation with their fantastic performances of 80's classics Thriller and Eye of the Tiger, complete with a tiger, air guitars and a spectacular routine from dancing zombies.

The difficult job of judging the brilliant and noisy afternoon fell to concert pianist and singer Kyung-Won Lee. Currently Director of Music at Woodcote House School Miss Lee studied at the Royal College of Music and has played numerous piano concertos (including Rachmaninov's Second at St John's Smith Square and Grieg's Piano Concerto at Dorking Halls) and has sung at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal College of Music. Miss Lee gave every House insightful and very encouraging feedback drawn from her love of many genres of music including pop, rap and karaoke!