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The Year 7 Inter-form Choir Competition is the first of three annual musical performances given by every member of Year 7, followed each year by the House Singing Competition and Spring Concert. On Thursday 19th October, almost all 180 Year 7 pupils assembled in All Saints’ Church to present a song prepared by their class in music lessons during the half term, contrasted with an instrumental solo performed by one representative of the class. Beginning with 7CT performing the Proclaimers’ ‘500 miles’, the programme continued with Dolly Parton’s ‘Nine To Five’ (7DO) and Gary Barlow’s ‘Sing’ (7HES), followed by musical theatre favourites ‘Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat’ (7JM), ‘The Rhythm of Life’ (7OM) and ‘Consider Yourself’ (7TW), all heard alongside impressive violin, cello, piano and clarinet solos.

Highlights of this year’s song performances included moving and amusing solo and semi-chorus opening verses, dramatic choreography and even an instrumental (glockenspiel) break. While our adjudicator Mr Scott Price made his final decisions, the Chamber Choir impressed the audience with performances of Eric Whitacre’s ‘Sleep’ and George Michael’s ‘Faith’, showing Year 7 pupils just how much they could achieve should they choose to participate during their school career in the many co-curricular choral and instrumental music opportunities offered to them at Tiffin. During his adjudication, Mr Price, who is Director of Music at the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School (a school with an excellent musical tradition similar to ours), remarked on just how impressive it was to see almost every pupil participating, and to such a high standard. He went on to award third prize for the best piano solo to Carlos (7OM), second prize for the best performance on an orchestral instrument to Alexander (7HES), and first prize to 7CT for their energetic and engaging song performance. Huge thanks go to Mr Price and the many other staff who prepared and participated in the event.