House Music Competition 2022

Friday 28 January marked the return of Lancing’s annual Inter-House Music Competition. After lockdown forced the 2021 competition to move online, this year’s live competition was back in full force, with over 200 entries across the solo, duet and ensemble categories.

The competition classes were spread out over two days showcasing a wide variety of musical styles, from JS Bach to ABBA and everything in between! Adjudicators Jess O’Leary, Ian Richardson, Stuart Hutchinson and Will Padfield all gave excellent feedback in each individual class and put forward winners of each ‘open’ (Grade 8+) class for the competition final on the evening of 3 February. This was a truly magnificent evening showcasing some of the best musical talent Lancing has to offer and giving adjudicator Nicholas Gleed an unenviable task of deciding on a winner for each category.

After much deliberation, the ensemble prize was won by Theo A, Jerry W, Benjamin I-C and Ben M-S for their performance of O’Miller’s arrangement of Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence; the duet prize went to Henry C and Benjamin I-C who performed the third movement of Mozart’s Concerto for Horn in Eb K.447; and the solo prize was won by Kevin N for his sparkling rendition of the first movement of Rosauro’s Concerto for Marimba and Piano. 

After a very successful final, Teme House were crowned the overall winners, with Manor House as runners up.

Emilie Harlow, Teacher of Music

Benjamin I-C wrote:

'I was taking part in the solo, ensemble, and duet competitions. It was particularly good to be part of duet and ensemble groups, experiencing the coming together of musical interpretations, excitement and performance. Aside from the music itself, it was fantastic to be a part of the resurrection story of the finals concert (last held in 2020) where, despite House loyalties flying as high as they were, there was a general understanding of it being an evening well spent!'  

Kevin N wrote:

'It was a wonderful experience to finally participate in the House Music Competitions just as the pre-Covid days. I have made two contrasting entries for rock music and percussion solo for marimba which got me into the open solo finals. The competition final was fabulous, featuring some of the best performances I have heard in a while.'

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