College – Issue 34

The Beach Boys, Queen, Paul McCartney, The Proclaimers, Coldplay, Beethoven and a host of other musical greats could be heard on campus in the lead-up to House Music, as boys in the 10 Houses mastered the vocals and arrangements in preparation for the fiercely contested festival.

pool of musical talent in the school and it’s fantastic in the lead-up to the event to hear the campus alive with boys practising their House music.” House Music is a big part of the start of each new College year, and an important way for Year 9 students to learn how the House system operates, develop House pride, and appreciate the House rivalries within College.

“The leadership of students with strong musical skills – as the seniors work with their juniors to present a very polished performance – was very evident,” says Robert. “Every year I’m surprised by how they’re writing their own original material, how sophisticated the entries are, and how clever the arrangements are. There is a huge

This year’s 84th annual House Music, on Monday 9 and Thursday 12 April, was another hugely popular event – both for the participants and the friends and families who packed the Assembly Hall both nights. “Every year is different, and every year I’m amazed and surprised by what the boys are able to produce,” says Director of Music Robert Aburn. “The staff has nothing to do with the event. It’s entirely student-led and it’s the boys’ night. “House Music is an outstanding example of student collaboration, working to a standard that shows each boy at his best.” Adjudicator Connor Matthews had his work cut out trying to decide who was best from among the variety of songs and musical pieces selected and performed with such enthusiasm. And while not everyone could be a winner, Connor commended the incredible talent on display and the strength of training that is very evident through the choral, contemporary, jazz and big band music programmes.

Christ’s College Canterbury


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