Wilson's House Music Competition is usually a sight to behold: two weeks of students from across the school come together with myriad instruments to share their musical talents with one another and receive feedback from a panel of external judges. The JJ Hall, the Lecture Theatre, the Bowden Room: they're all bursting with sound, creativity, and community. As a music department, we were torn: to postpone the competition entirely or to reimagine House Music as an online event? We opted for the latter—and we are so happy we did!
This year's competition attracted 250 entrants! Despite the technological obstacles of recording a performance, with or without an accompanist or backing track, our students rose to the challenge and submitted a dazzling array of performances. Performances ranged from pop hits on the electric drum kit, solo piano performances of works by Debussy, and songs in the Carnatic tradition. Our stellar panel of judges, which included musical director and pianist Jon Ranger and former BBC Young Musician finalist Jess Wood, then provided individual feedback for each entrant and selected their top three performers for each class. See here for information about the judges.
On Wednesday evening, we held an online presentation during which all of the winners were announced and we are pleased to be able to share these with you now.
Congratulations to everyone who took part in this brilliant event! The judges were incredibly impressed by everyone's performances and they've all told me how much they enjoyed hearing our young musicians in action! Look out for information about our live final later this term. In the meantime, enjoy the videos!