House Song Evening is always one of the highlights of the Wycliffe calendar and last week’s competition was no exception.
Coincidentally it took place on BBC Music Day, the theme of BBC Music Day being music and wellbeing: the power of music to inspire, bring people together and make a positive impact. This is what House Song is all about: it is as much about the rehearsals as it is the actual performances, and a super way for the pupils to get to know each other and work together as a House at the start of a new year.
This standard of this year’s competition was one of the highest ever, with each song being performed strongly, accompanied by well-choreographed dance moves. The Heads of House are to be commended on their organisation and exceptional creativity this year. The song choices were as varied as ever, ranging from Beyonce to The Housemartins. Loosley Halls and Haywardsend are to be congratulated on producing particularly strong entries. It was wonderful to see the use of live music and solos in almost every entry, including Zannix Kwan, Ryan Cooper and Will Davey’s leading roles in Robinson’s song. It was Ward’s House who claimed the trophy on the night with their energetic rendition of the Backstreet Boys’ ‘I Want It That Way’, led by Head of House Charlie Jones. The points from the House Song Evening will be carried forward to the House Music Competition in November.