Despite many tired eyes after a long term, every House rose to the occasion and sang their hearts out. This year’s theme was ‘Our World’ and Mrs Williams chose Louis Armstrong’s ‘What A Wonderful World’ as the unison song.
Clubs were the first House to perform and they started the event off well. After a very polished rendition of the unison song they sang Take That’s ‘Rule the World’ which included some beautiful harmonies and carefully placed dynamics.
Diamonds then took to the stage and gave a lovely performance of ‘What a Wonderful World’ before they treated the audience to ‘ A Million Dreams’ from ‘The Greatest Showman.’ This was very well prepared and had that special ‘goose-bump’ effect for the audience.
Hearts were next to perform and sang the unison song with enthusiasm, capturing its optimistic vibe. Their choice of part-song was ‘On Top of The World’ by the Imagine Dragons. This was hugely enjoyable and energetic right from the start with some fun actions and added torches from the Form 6 boys.
The final House to perform was Spades and they gave another lovely rendition of the Armstrong song before treating the audience to a firm favourite ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.’ This was an ambition arrangement with several solo and small groups involved, but they performed it very well indeed; it was hard to find an audience member who wasn’t tapping their feet!
Our external adjudicator was Mrs Rachel Bowen-Perkins, Director of Music at Milbourne Lodge School in Esher. She had the unenviable task of choosing a winner and runner-up in both the unison and part-song sections. After a good deal of careful thought the results were as follows:
Winners : Clubs
Runner-up : Hearts
Winners : Diamonds
Runner-up : Clubs
Ruth Williams, Head of Prep School Music, says “Many thanks to the House staff and members of the Cranleigh Music team for all of their help in preparing the children for this fun afternoon of music making!”