Friday, 27 February hailed the annual Shiplake College House Singing competition. With the opening of the John Turner Building, staff and pupils alike were keen to get underway with the contest, showcasing skills gained in the impressive new Music Department. Over 95% of the school participated in the event, wowing the audience and judges by singing a range of contemporary and classical hits. Competition was fierce, with students from across the College demonstrating creativity, determination and teamwork.
The event began with the solo competition. Five talented students stepped up to the microphone to offer mesmerising renditions of their chosen song. Jordan Gibson, from Skipwith House, showcased exceptional vocal skills, singing his way to first place in the solo competition.
Whole House performances were to follow, with students from each House given the opportunity to perform as a whole and wow the judges. The afternoon performances consisted of a small group ensemble, followed by a whole House rendition of a chosen song. Orchard, Skipwith, Everett, Burr and Welsh house wowed the audience with cleverly composed covers of hit singles, including Ed Sheeran’s popular Thinking Out Loud, and Rihanna’s chart-topper Diamonds.
Whilst the judging panel of the Rev, Mr Chris Ham, and Mrs Louise Rapple-Moore deliberated, entertainment was provided in the form of three lower school pupils, Charlie Thomas, Jack Underwood and Jack Powell, performing Sam Smith’s I’m Not the Only One. Nerves were nowhere in sight as the boys impressed staff and students, earning a standing ovation.
The return of the judges signalled that a decision had been made. Welsh House took first place for their ensemble performance of Passenger’s Let Her Go, with Everett a close second. The winning place was given to a deserving Orchard House, who graciously accepted the trophy to tumultuous applause.