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Take That theme at annual House Song

Published Thursday 20th of October 2016 10:15:41 AM

Millfield held its annual celebration of choral singing in front of an audience of parents. This year’s theme was songs by Take That and Mark Owen even sent a good luck video message to all the pupils before the event got underway. 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 Jonathan Newell. Previously Director of Music at Brasenose College, Oxford, Jonathan has also been Chief Examiner for Music for the International Baccalaureate Diploma and continues to lead teacher-training workshops for them around the world. Overall winners were Choir C, consisting of Butleigh, Shapwick, Southfield. Jonathan Newell commented that their performance of Greatest Day had great attention to detail with exceptionally impressive musicality, diction and communication. The winner of the chamber choir category was Choir F of Mill, Portway and The Lakes for their rendition of Daft Punk. In summing up, Jonathan said it was an outstanding performance of a very complicated arrangement that was highly controlled with expression and contrast. Abigail Atkin of Choir F was also victorious in the award for ‘best conductor’, judged not only on performance but management of rehearsal and leadership skills. Year 9 pupils closed the event with another Take That classic, Never Forget and received great applause from pupils, staff and guests. Pupils also joined in with the chorus, adding to the wonderful atmosphere in the hall. The retiring collection at the end of the evening raised funds for the three school charities; the Somerset Community Foundation, Nest Nephrotic Syndrome Trust and Lalibela High School in Ethiopia.
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