Elstree House Music soloists and bands compete

Elstree House Music is one of the three most hotly anticipated musical highlights of the year.  It’s special, because it’s the only event that involves a whole House taking part, as opposed to an entire Year Group. For those who don’t know, Elstree Houses are divided into North, East, South and West.

A two part Elstree House Music competition

This year, due to pandemic restrictions, the Elstree House Music competition is taking place on two days. On Tuesday, we heard performances from the soloist and bands, whereas later in the term, House singing will take place. (We’re keeping our fingers firmly crossed for good weather and a safe environment for a mass sing-song.)

Visiting Adjudicator from Monkton School

Elstree was privileged to have Mr George Bevan, Director of Music at Monkton School in Bath, as its Adjudicator for the competition. Mr Bevan animatedly provided inspiration for performers and audience throughout the day.

Elstree House Music soloists

The four soloists performed first.  Ben played a jaunty Jigaudon on the trumpet for East.  Alex played a traditional dance – Shepherd’s Hey – on the bassoon for West. Francis sang the sublime Pie Jesu from Faure’s requiem for North. To conclude, Henry gave a dazzling rendition of a Kabalevksy concerto movement for South.

Head of Music Mrs Westley said: “In the beautiful surroundings of the Long Room, with a resonant acoustic and attentive audience of peers, the four Year 8 boys performed with aplomb, and Henry was pronounced overall winner.”

Hot House bands hit a beat

The second part of Tuesday’s House Music competition – Bands – then took place in the McMullen Hall. Mrs Westley concluded:

“The concert was opened by West, who gave an intimate rendition of The Nights, with stunning vocals from Alex. After this, North performed their version of The Blinding, complete with Adam’s glowing drumsticks and lovely saxophone playing from George, who made excellent use of the stage.

South’s choice was Wonderwall, which included some fantastic drumming from Jerry. Then finally, East treated us to Pompeii, which included a full band line up of keys, drums, bass and acoustic guitar and vocals.

East was pronounced the overall band winner and will be invited to reprise their performance in the Summer concert later in term.

Well done to all performers. We now look forward to the House singing later in the term.”