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Talent show sees night of showstopping performances at Saint Felix School in Reydon

PUBLISHED: 16:40 08 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:40 08 December 2017

Jessica Brown, Freya Lines and Mia Devonshire perform their ensemble for Kay house at Saint Felix School's 'House Shout' talent contest.They were accompanied by Joe Devonshire and Noel Vine on guitar. Picture: Tim O'Connell

Jessica Brown, Freya Lines and Mia Devonshire perform their ensemble for Kay house at Saint Felix School's 'House Shout' talent contest.They were accompanied by Joe Devonshire and Noel Vine on guitar. Picture: Tim O'Connell

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Pupils put on an outstanding show for the 2017 edition of their school's annual talent contest.

Guest judge Colin Virr with Pemberton, winners of the 2017 House Shout competition at Saint Felix School. Picture: Tim O'ConnellGuest judge Colin Virr with Pemberton, winners of the 2017 House Shout competition at Saint Felix School. Picture: Tim O'Connell

Saint Felix School in Reydon, near Southwold, hosted ‘House Shout’ on Thursday, November 23, one of the biggest nights of the year for students and paretns alike.

The contest gets its name from the fierce battle between the four different houses. Pupils from the senior school aged between 11 and 18 performed as individuals, in small groups, and as part of a whole-house choreographed singing performance.

Points were awarded at each stage, with the prestigious trophy awarded to the house with most points at the end of the evening.

Under the expert eye of guest judge Colin Virr, head of Aldeburgh Young Musicians, all songs featured in the programme followed the theme of ‘colour’, with students performing songs relative to their House colour.

“The standard was impressively high and many of the performances would not have looked out of place within the Aldeburgh Young Musicians programme,” said Mr Virr, who works with talented and gifted musicians from across the region aged eight to 18-years-old. 
“Knowing that students took full responsibility for the preparation and presentation of their chosen songs makes the results even more commendable.”

Best solo performance was won by Lily Talbot for Rowell house, who gave a captivating rendition of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black’, while Edmund house triumphed in the ensemble round with Little Mix’s ‘Black Magic’ sung by Natalie Sandford, Michaela Taiwo, Elodie and Imogen Whyte.

In the House Shout round, where all members of each house perform a song and dance routine, Pemberton took victory with their medley of ‘99 Red Balloons’ by Nena, ‘Red Red Wine’ by UB40 and ‘Ruby’ by Kaiser Chiefs.

After the results from each round were totted up, Kay house was declared the overall winner for the sixth consecutive year.

Headmaster James Harrison said: “Once again, House Shout has proven to be a highlight of the Saint Felix school year.

The show demonstrated the inclusiveness that we wholeheartedly encourage and it’s been wonderful to see pupils supporting each other and working together to create some real showstoppers.”

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