College – Issue 31

HOUSE MUSIC House Music evening always a lot of fun

The large crowd gathered at Horncastle Arena on the evening of Tuesday 28 June knew they were in for a treat when House Music 2016 got off to a swinging start with a Big Band medley.

The performances by the small vocal groups were exceptional and truly demonstrated the depth and breadth of vocal ability at College. With the choice of songs ranging from traditional folk songs, classics and pop, they were all masters of a cappella. Most stayed faithful to the original, but Corfe took matters into their own hands with a unique version of Bobby McFerrin’s Don’t Worry Be Happy . It was the traditional barbershop harmonies of Harper, however, that took first place. Adjudicator Nick Burson, from the band Ctrl Alt Rock, said he was impressed by all the talent and described the event as “mind blowing”.

What followed was a showcase of some of the finest musical talent to be found at College – and if some performers were slightly lacking such a gift, they certainly made up for it with enthusiasm. This was an evening to celebrate community, camaraderie and House competition. The massed House choirs tackled everything with Kiwi classics, country, pop anthems and show tunes. Hats off to Somes conductor Young Sung Jang, who added a splash of colour with his bright red cowboy hat. The winners, Corfe, used props (a flowing silver wig) and mass dance moves to bring their rendition of Breaking Free from High School Musical to life. Whether the choirs played it straight or played around, as Deputy Head Prefect Ngane Punivai said at the end of the evening, “It can be hard to marshal the voices of a large group, but all the boys gave it a good shot.” School picked up the trophy for House Choir Instrumental Backing, playing John Mayer’s Wildfire. The work of late pop icons Prince and David Bowie featured in the instrumental section, as well as Pink Floyd, modern pop masters Coldplay and more. But an original composition by George Murray (Mood Swings) delivered Julius the prize.


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