The Downside Inter-House Music Competition has always been a hotly-contested event – and the 2020 event, based on colours, was no different.

First and Second Forms – blue
Isabella triumphed with How Far I’ll Go from the film Moana. Caverel performed admirably with Mr Blue Sky, and Powell’s pirate fiesta Drunken Sailor was a hoot.

Third Form – yellow
Isabella stole the show once again with Here Comes the Sun whilst Caverel’s adorable Build Me Up Buttercup was a very close second. The girls’ tutu costumes added fun and flavour to their slick dance moves. Powell came in third with a jolly rendition of Yellow Submarine – all suitably dressed in stripes and beards.

Fourth Form – white
White elicited such contemporary treasures as Frozen’s Let it Go from Smythe, Caverel’s Angel Eyes from the film Mamma Mia and Isabella’s winning entry For the Wings of A Dove. Barlow attempted to connect with their inner boyband performing I Want it That Way by the Backstreet Boys, resplendent in white outfits.

Fifth Form – red  
The Fifth Form dug deep presenting theatrical costumes, narrative storytelling and classy dance moves. They had all prepared thoroughly and treated their audience to a fabulous line up. Roberts sang us the jolly Christmas tune Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer; Isabella’s Red Red Wine was smooth and Caverel impressed with their rendition of Hot and Cold by Katy Perry. However, it was the Smythe boys’ theatrical and beautifully costumed operatic Bella Ciao! that won the day.

Lower Sixth – black
Isabella’s black and white was well rehearsed and feisty with some wonderful singing and glorious beards. Barlow’s Man After Midnight had a full line up of boys singing at full volume and Smythe donned cheeky shorts for their tuneful and thoroughly rehearsed Black Magic. The winners were Caverel with their very classy dancing and singing of Valerie from Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black album.

Upper Sixth – gold  
Caverel brought the technicolour and party spirit with If I was a Rich Girl by Gwen Stefani. Isabella delivered drama, instrumentalists and class moves with the Bond theme Golden Eye and Barlow, once again in shorts, sang Gimme, Gimme, Gimme from Abba’s Gold album. Roberts came a very close second with their wonderful and hugely entertaining, theatrical and mesmerising performance of The Misty Mountains Cold complete with fully costumed dwarves, a hobbit and Gollum. Smythe sung and played their way to victory with an upbeat and energetic performance from the golden age of rock ‘n roll Go Johnny, Go! by Chuck Berry.

Isabella were the final victors with the most points overall. Huge congratulations to the pupils for all the work they put into their rehearsals, and to the prefects, performing arts and House staff who mentored and supported the performers.

Exerts from the competition will be available for parents to view in due course.