House Music Competition 2020
Posted on 7th Jul, 2020
On 25th and 26th June, the boys in the Prep School put on an extraordinary display of musicianship and technological wizardry, with our first ever Virtual House Music Competition.
The 30 finalists - by now very familiar with the format of online instrumental lessons and chorister rehearsals - played with such aplomb and were so effortless in their use of Zoom that they somehow made it look easy. Not a single player was late to appear, and every boy ensured a seamless flow of performances for the virtual audience to enjoy.
Nearly 200 auditions were submitted over the past month, which in itself demonstrates that CCCS music has not halted during the lockdown. The quality of playing has been dazzling, and it has been a delight to hear such a wide array of instruments (and such obvious evidence of careful practice) throughout the term. Our wonderful adjudicator, Jon Cullen (Director of Music at Magdalen College School) praised the boys’ musicality, gave tips for the future and shared helpful advice on how to make the most of performing virtually.
This year’s House songs were chosen on a theme of optimism and resilience, boys learnt them with backing tracks, then submitted recordings that have been stitched together over the past week. It is extraordinary that clips sent in from homes around the world have captured the spirit of the songs just as well as they would have done had they been in the same room.
You can hear Wolsey's cheerful rendition of 'Spread A Little Happiness' here: