East scoop House Music win

The Sun rose in the east last night when East House scooped the Overall Winner’s trophy at last night’s House Music Competition 2015 – their second win in three years.

More than 500 people watched a closely-fought contest with the final result coming down to the wire. East secured victory with 95 points, closely followed by South – just one point behind – and in joint third place were North and Weald with a 91-point tally.

Director of Music, Mrs Hilary Khoo, said: “It was a very, very close run competition this year. The standard was very high, especially in the Partsong.”

World-renowned Jazz Trumpet Player Mark Armstrong, who adjudicated the competition, said he was astonished by both the strength in depth and the quality of the music at Brentwood School.

Mr Armstrong, who took a degree in Music at Oxford University, works as a Jazz Professor at the Royal College of Music and still performs regularly as a jazz trumpet player in the Ronnie Scott Jazz Orchestra and in his own quartet.

He writes a wide range of arrangements and compositions from choral music to symphony orchestra and he is also a past winner of the BBC Big Band Competition Arranging Prize. 

Headmaster, Ian Davies echoed Mr Armstrong’s sentiments and added: “The enjoyment of all the pupils participating, the creativity, enthusiasm and the commitment shown was evident to the massive audience of over 500 people who came to watch.

“This is largely a student led activity, and the leadership shown by our older students in arranging, conducting and directing the younger ones was one of the most striking aspects of a wonderful evening.”

The full results were:

Partsong – South

Ensemble – Weald

Unison – East

Instrumental award – David Cox

Arranger’s Cup – David Cox

Musical Direction Cup – Nirvana Leaver

Overall Winner – East