Newman claims first ever House Music victory

Almost 3000 students, staff, parents, grandparents, Old Collegians and friends of the College came together at the Plenary of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday night to marvel in the musical talents of students in years 5 to 12.

Since its inception in 1982, House Music has become a special occasion in the St Leonard’s College calendar, and the competition generates enormous collegiality and spirit along the journey from first rehearsal to performance. In 2015, for the first time, students and House Music Captains were handed the responsibility of running their own rehearsals with guidance provided by teachers and music staff. All were amazed at the teamwork, collaboration and patience shown by the Houses, as well as some of the previously undiscovered musical talents, which were brought to the fore.

At the end of proceedings the adjudicators spoke of the extraordinary quality of the performances and, despite having a centrally important task to perform, how enjoyable it had been to bear witness to an evening of such musical brilliance.

Section results were as follows:

Instrumental Ensemble: 

1st – Newman

2nd – Munro

3rd – Forster

Massed Choir set item: 

1st – Newman

equal 2nd – Munro and Forster

Best Conductor:  Angus Gray

Massed Choir own choice: 

1st – McMeekin

equal 2nd – Newman and Cullen

Best Conductor: Liam Carroll

Small Vocal ensemble: 

1st – Forster

2nd – Munro

3rd – Newman

Best Conductor:  Lucinda Pezzimenti

Best Student Piano Accompanist: Albert Sands

Overall winner: Newman House

Congratulations to Newman House on their very first House Music victory, ably led by Senior Music Captains Angus Gray and Edie McAsey and Middle School Music Captains Sofia Burns and Max Bruten.

A special congratulations and thank you are extended to year 12 students, for whom the 2015 House Music competition will be their last. Their leadership and enthusiasm was infectious and ensured a memorable evening for all.