Adams’ Grammar School pupils performed to a sell-out crowd of parents, friends, staff members and fellow students on Thursday 16th February at the school’s House Music Competition.
“This is a huge event and, for many, the highlight of the school calendar as the talent and quality of performances every year always seem to surpass all expectations” explains the school’s Head of Music Malcolm Brown.
The annual music competition is fiercely contested between the school’s four Houses – Clive, Darwin, Talbot and Webb – with performances from a wide musical spectrum. Solo instrumentalists, vocalists, instrumental ensembles and choral classes (both set piece and free choice) as well as bands and chamber music groups all take to the stage, reflecting the diversity of the music that is performed at Adams’.
“All of the planning and preparation for the different performances are led by the pupils themselves, allowing them to develop their leadership skills as well as their musical abilities” explains Malcolm. “
Each year the school invites an external adjudicator to judge all of the entries in the 11 competition classes. “This year we were delighted to be joined by Catherine Douglas, Director of Music at Tettenhall College, who was able to give a fair and completely impartial assessment of each of the performances and some useful snippets of advice for the students at the same time” adds Malcolm.
Catherine was very impressed with the standard of music and even more so with the number of pupils that took part, especially when it came to the Choral entries, saying: “The number of students involved at one time, all singing together, all looking up and all enjoying it was wonderful. It is a great school that can make that happen.”
While the final judging was taking place, the audience was treated to a performance by musician Zak Christie, who recalled taking part in the competition himself when he was a student at Adams’.
Enormous applause followed the announcement that Clive House had not only won the overall competition but also The Saull Cup for their arrangement and performance of the set song ‘Let’s Dance’ by David Bowie, and The Newport Music Club Cup for their chamber music performance. The Coomer Cup for outstanding individual performance was also a Clive victory as it was awarded to Clive’s Music Captain, Akash Srinivasan.
“It was a terrific night for Clive” says Malcolm. “The House has only ever won the competition twice since the competition was launched in 2005 so this third win means an awful lot to everyone in Clive. There were fantastic performances from all four Houses throughout the whole of the competition making it a very hard task for our adjudicator. We have some terrific talent in the school with lots of enthusiasm and ideas and everyone that took part should be very proud of how well they did.”