The theme for this year’s ever-popular singing competition was Songs from the 1960s. This inspired some great choices from the Houses, the Beatles, Jackson Five, The Monkees and the Temptations all appearing popular. The adjudicator was Oliver Parker, Head of Vocal Studies at The Cheltenham Ladies’ College, who was impressed by the level of singing and the commitment of the Houses. Brook Court won the Boys’ Unison song with Hooked on a Feeling and Gate’s beautifully sensitive rendition of Let it be took second place. The Girls’ Unison Song was won by Mead with I want you back with Turner Hall taking second place with My Guy.
The Part songs were more varied, with an ambitious performance of Short People by Brook Court appearing alongside songs such as Hallelujah by Cohen and In the Jungle. Gate and Shelburne took first place and runners-up were Mead and Brook Court.
The overall winner was Shelburne and Brook Court was runner-up. Bea Bennett from Mead was judged to be the best conductor for her convincing direction of the part-song and best accompanist went to Jenny Ng from Shelburne.