Queen theme for House Song 2017
Millfield held its annual celebration of singing in front of a 2000-strong audience; this year’s theme was songs by Queen. The spectacle was opened by ‘A Kind of Mercury’, a Freddie Mercury Tribute act, who fired up the crowd with a rousing performance of ‘One Vision’.
The whole-school event saw seven house groupings compete for the title of ‘best main choir’ and ‘best chamber choir’, with an individual prize for ‘best conductor’.
Pupils chose their songs and planned arrangements, rehearsals and conducting themselves. Each group took part wearing house ties, coloured ribbons and buttonholes and performed two songs, one by the chamber choir, and one by the main choir, comprising of every member of each house. The contest was adjudicated by Mr Christopher Dyer, Director of Music at Sevenoaks School, who delivered insightful comments on each choir’s performances with great enthusiasm.
This year’s overall winners were Choir E, consisting of Etonhurst, Overleigh and Great House. The adjudicator praised their “totally convincing performance” that was “full of rhythmic vitality” for their rendition of ‘I want to Break Free’. The winner of the chamber choir category was Choir F of Mill, Portway and The Lakes for their rendition of ‘Jolene’. Christopher Dyer commented on a “stylish” performance that was “full of creative flair”; a “terrific arrangement” that they communicated brilliantly with the audience.
Rosie Smith of Chamber Choir F was also victorious in the award for ‘best conductor’, directing her ensemble with confidence, clarity and great expression.
Year 9 pupils closed the event with ‘We are the Champions’, performing alongside ‘A Kind of Mercury’. The Year 9s performed superbly which, coupled with Mercury’s dynamic energy, excited the crowd, adding to a memorable evening.
The retiring collection at the end of the evening raised funds for the three school charities: South Somerset ‘Mind’, the ‘JBVC Foundation’ and Lalibela High School in Ethiopia.
See photos.Published: December 14 2017