A tremendous 88 performances took to the ‘stage’ to perform at this year’s House Music Finals, including Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Piano and Singing categories – as well as a new Singing Musical Theatre Class.  Throughout the day there were some outstanding performances including Lilou Reaux, just aged 8, who opened the finals, playing Cat Prowl.  Lilou went on to receive a silver medal for her performance, with Yingtai Yilmaz winning gold in the Preliminary Instrumental group. There were many medallists throughout the day including Hugo Brooks-Hughes playing the first movement of a cello sonata by Breval, a difficult piece, played with maturity well-beyond his 10 years and Jasper Tomes on the saxophone who has only been playing for two years.

Adjudicator Tanya Charlesworth was incredibly impressed with the standard, describing Dean Close as the most musical school she has visited. Tanya is a prize-winning bassoonist who trained at the Royal College of Music. She has played for BBC NOW and the Philharmonia and is now a freelance player and conductor in the South of England. We are immensely grateful for the time she spent with pupils and staff.

Congratulations to all performers and medalists. The special cup awards were presented to, Benedict Braddock for Brass and Cassian Pichler-Roca for singing. The Junior Music Cup was won by Evie Schmidt-Martin, who won a gold medal in a strings final and gave a stunning vocal performance in the second singing class. Talia Recine won the Strings Cup and shared the All-round Musician Cup with Michael Lei, who also won the Piano Cup and Best Overall Performance Cup.

Mr Tim McVittie, Director of Music said, “I am always amazed at the confidence pupils display and the standard they achieve. Their days at school are very busy and so to still find time to practise demonstrates great commitment and organisation, especially as some pupils learn three or more instruments. I am immensely proud of everyone who took part.”