HWMF Newsbeat - 14th November - HPS choir competition


14th November

Pratap Antony and Joe Koster of the HWMF were called upon to judge the Inter-house choir competition and Rock Group competition at Hyderabad Public School (HPS) by Dennis Powell, the music teacher at HPS who had organised the music competition on the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, also called Children’s Day on 14th November. HPS are active institutional members of the HWMF. 

The Four Houses of the Hyderabad Public School, Nagarjuna, Nalanda, Taxila and Vijayanagar, put up a very good performance. The music they chose, and the dedication with which they had practiced showed that the school nurtures great talent within it.
The Houses have been mentioned throughout in alphabetical order and not by ranking.
Nagarjuna House , sang ‘Hey Jude’, Nalanda sang ‘A Little Peace’ and ‘Impossible Dream’, Taxila sang ‘Will You Be There’ and Vijayanagar, ‘Aint No Mountain High Enough’ and Light The Candle.
The choirs of all the houses had around 50 girls and boys in them. The participating singers were from class 5 to class 12. To be specially noted were the leaders and music directors of all the houses - all of them girls - they were unmistakably talented musicians. They marshalled the young singers who sang in parts; they kept perfect time, managed the dynamics of the group and led the key changes and tempo changes with great confidence and control.  
The Choirs were judged on 1. Presentation/Appearance/Interpretation. 2. Pitch and quality of harmony, 3. Rhythm 4. Clarity of enunciation. It was not an easy task to judge the choirs with only one or two point’s separating the performances.
The Rock Groups were judged on voice instrumentation, overall sound and rhythm (ability to rock). Nagarjuna House - singer, lead guitar, bass and drums did Jay-Z’s ‘Empire State of Mind’ and ‘What Have I done’. Nalanda House - bass, drums, two guitars and two singers did ‘21 Guns’ (Green Day), Taxila House – Two singers, guitar, bass, drums and keyboard id ‘Jet Lag’ (Joss Stone), and Vijayanangar House - Two guitars, keyboard and drums did ‘Yellow’ and Fix You (Cold Play).         

All the performances were excellent; and as both the chief organiser and HPS music teacher Dennis Powell and the Vice Principal, Mrs K. Chaturvedi, said in their statements, music is not about competing, winning and ranking, it is about participation, contribution and involvement. And this was found to be in very good order at HPS!

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