The night the town hall rocked

21 Jun 2021

In one of the best nights of the year, College’s Parents’ Association House Music Festival rocked a packed Town Hall on Thursday 17 June, impressing with musicality, great sounds and unparalleled enthusiasm.

Parents, grandparents, Old Boys, friends and staff were treated to a celebration of the boys’ talent in House choirs and small vocal and instrumental ensembles. There was no doubt that it was a boys’ school on show, the physicality and quirky choreography of the House performances speaking volumes about the competitiveness of the night; but it was the performers’ visible enjoyment which delighted the audience. The boys invested every performance with maximum effort, energy and enthusiasm. And the atmosphere was electric!

The College Big Band set the vibe with pre-concert music, followed by a rousing haka from the Kapa hHaka, and a polished bi-lingual welcome from Head of Biculturalism Bradley Shearer. Head Prefect Jack Belcher and Deputy Jamie Barr MC’d the night, the performances judged by Hugo Zanker, an innovative Christchurch-born musician who studied and performed in Germany and the UK before returning home and now works as a Microsoft Innovative Educator.

Condell’s won the House Choir Instrumental Backing Trophy; the D.J. Ellison Instrumental Cup was won by Somes; Jacobs and Harper were joint winners in the Mr and Mrs C.C. Moore Choral Plate for Best Small Vocal Ensemble.

The Carey Shield for the Best House Choir was won by Julius with Condell’s 2nd and Corfe 3rd, while the Parents’ Association Overall Winner of House Music went to Somes.