If you ask an Old Elean what their fondest memories of being a student at King’s are, ‘House Music/Song’ usually features fairly prominently in the conversation. And following the energy and elation of this year’s event, we think it could well be in students’ memories of school for many more years to come!

To see students and staff from Years 9 through to 13 come together in the Hayward Theatre for House Music/Song 2022 on October 20th was quite a spectacle. Everyone’s excitement was palpable, especially given the fact that the extravaganza has not been able to take place in full gusto since 2019 due to the pandemic.

The evening started with ‘House Ensembles’. Withburga sang ‘All I Know So Far’, Etheldreda sang ‘Skyfall’, Hill performed ‘A Million Dreams’, Torfrida sang ‘Riptide’, Osmond sang ‘I Wish’, Wilkinson performed ‘The Power of Love’, Wendreda performed ‘Don’t Stop Believin’, and Hereward sang ‘The Final Countdown’.

After tea it was time for ‘House Unison Songs’, with electric performances of ‘YMCA’ by Wilkinson, ‘Classic’ by Hill, ‘Copacabana’ by Osmond, ‘Take a Chance’ by Wendreda and Etheldreda, ‘Shut Up and Dance for Me’ by Withburga, ‘Call Me Maybe’ by Hereward and School, and ‘Hot n Cold’ by Torfrida.

Our adjudicator for the evening was Steve Porter, producer, promoter, event organiser, and brother of our Director of Music, Neil Porter-Thaw.

After much deliberation, the following was announced:

Winner of the Walsingham Cup for Ensemble – Wilkinson
Winner of the Laird Cup for Unison – Withburga
Winner of the Amhurst Cup for Overall Winners – Hill

This year’s House Music/Song was our biggest competition to date, and each House showed phenomenal enthusiasm and commitment. We also know that standing up on stage and performing to your peers is incredibly daunting for some, so we are proud of every single student who took part. Congratulations too to everyone involved backstage – Housemasters and Housemistresses, Staging, Lighting, Sound, Health and Safety – a huge team effort!

A live recording of the event has been shared with parents/carers and members of our school community. These photos were taken by A-Level Photography student at King’s, Sasha Kaminskiy.

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