The Inter-Social Partsong Competition has always been a staple of the Michaelmas Term, and a must-see event for everyone in the College. As usual, it was a full house on the evening of Thursday October 20th, and the Silk Hall was brimming with anticipation. The adjudicator this year was Mr Alexander L’Estrange (below), an accomplished and charismatic composer of acapella, so a very fitting judge for the occasion.
There were several highlights of the night. Firstly, F Social delivered the most energetic piece, and definitely the crowd-pleaser of the evening. K Social presented their rendition of ‘Sunny’, with an outstanding solo from Ben Wilson in the Shells, in a group comprised of Fifths and below. The next highlight was the performance of C Social, with a simple but effective version of ‘Waterloo Sunset’. H Social, led by Aaron Ryder, performed with the usual quality that has come to be expected from the Social, with a healthy variety of different sounds. In third place was J Social with ‘Mykonos’, bringing with it an excellent solo from Jack Kane, accompanied by talented background performers. In second place, B Social gave us ‘Cucurucu’ by Nick Mulvey, with a different, captivating beginning, with some very committed leads, combined with solid backing.
Finally, the winner was A Social (above) with ‘Dear Prudence’ by The Beatles. Their use of percussion complimented an excellent solo by Paddy Langdale, as well as stellar syncopation throughout. A well-deserved win, completing another great year for this excellent Partsong Competition.
Review by Robert Crawfurd and Rory Marsh, J Social 6.1s
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