House Music Marathon a massive hit with Perse pupils
23 Apr 2021
The Perse House Music Marathon has proved very popular with pupils submitting 540 performances for the competition.
These recordings, made by 110 youngsters during lockdown, add up to a massive 21 hours of music, which will be live streamed across this weekend.
Director of Music Ben Wingfield explained the House Music Marathon came about to fill the void left by being unable to hold the regular Perse Musician of the Year and House singing competitions this year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said: “The aim was to engage the houses and get as many pupils as possible to take part by submitting as many performances on as many different instruments as they wanted.
“We were expecting quite a few performances, but nothing like this many. One pupil submitted 80 performances and another provided two hours’ worth of performances!”
“We had performances from some pupils just starting off at Grade 1, right up to performances of complete concertos and sonatas, so it’s very much a celebration of the breadth, as well as the sheer amount of music making.”
Each submission earned one point for pupils’ houses, while music department staff were also giving bonus points for the winning and highly commended performances across 20 different categories, with Mecklenburgh Unicorns emerging as the overall house champions.
The winning performances will be professionally recorded on the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre stage for an online concert featuring in the Friday Night Showcase series next month.
Mr Wingfield added: “The nice thing about it was this was a pretty informal competition. It was just a chance to get pupils actively involved in their music making over lockdown. To know that so many pupils are making that much music is really brilliant.”