House Music Hits the Spotlight
For the first time in three years parents, families and friends were able to join us for our House Music Competition. The concert provided a wonderful performance opportunity for all the musicians and singers and took us on a dazzling world tour. A range of musical genres were on offer, sung or performed on a variety of instruments including vocals, piano, wind, strings and drums.
In a bid to secure the prestigious cup for their house 80 children auditioned and 24 finalists from Forms 2 to 6 took to the stage. There were some exceptional performances and while the emphasis was very much on enjoyment and participation, the difficult task of deciding the winning house sat with our adjudicator, Johanna Harrison-Oram, a professional singer who has enjoyed a varied and respected performance career in opera and recital.
Announcing Angles the winner of House Music Competition 2022, Mrs Harrison-Oram praised all of the soloists and House Choirs on their performances. Congratulations to Angles and well done to everyone who supported their house by auditioning this year.
NOTE: Gallery photos taken during House Music rehearsals
House Music Competition Finalist
Yuqing Gao our non-competition soloist performed while the judges marks and decisions were finalised.
About our Adjudicator
The adjudicator this year will be Johanna Harrison-Oram, a professional singer who has enjoyed a varied performance career in opera and recital. Previous roles include the roles of Mercédès (Bizet, Carmen, Dartington International Festival), Diana (Cavalli, La Calisto), Dejanira (Handel, Hercules), Marcellina (Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro), and Popova (Walton, The Bear). She has performed in masterclasses for Renée Fleming and Sarah Connolly, as well as Donald Maxwell for the Friends of Welsh National Opera, and in 2016 premiered new writing at the World Shakespeare Congress, Stratford. As part of Westminster Opera Company's Emerging Artist programme she performed the roles of Zweite Dame/Papagena in Mozart's Die Zauberflote and Flora in Verdi's La Traviata in the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and reprised her role in La Traviata in Sicily in 2019 for Hampstead Garden Opera. She appears on recordings for Decca and Hyperion.