Newman claims first ever House Music victory Posted on Wednesday 26 August 2015 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.