Doing it 'My Way! Senior School House Singing 2023

This Lent Term saw the welcome return of the Senior School House Singing competition which this year took the theme of Big Band Jazz.

All the students in Middle School and Sixth Form took part in an evening that was action packed and saw a return to what is one of the most important events in the Ellesmere calendar. House Captains took the lead in preparing students in both their Unison Songs and in the small ensemble Part Songs and Hymn.

Our judges for the evening were Kevin Mattinson (trombonists and Big Band specialist), Jack Corbett (Performing Arts Centre Manager) and our head judge, Paul Drakeley, a professional singer who specialises in the style and performs in a Rat Pack tribute show.


L-to-R:  Kevin Mattinson, Jack Corbett, Paul Drakeley

This year's song list for the Houses was as follows: 



Part song



What a Wonderful World

Fly Me to the Moon

Eternal Father Strong to Save


New York New York

My Way

Be Thou My Vision


Chattanooga Choo-Choo

Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B

He Who Would Valiant Be


Come Fly With Me

Moon River

Praise My Soul the King of Heaven


Houses took opportunities to style the event with Georgia Monroe as the Statue of Liberty, and Farrell Given using a train whistle to organise his house so that they did not miss their 'Chatanooga Choo Choo'. The overall winners were Talbot and special mention must go to Charlie Wood who took the solo at the start of 'My Way' as well as leading rehearsals.

There was a special treat for the students while the judges were deliberating in the form of staff entertainment. The staff sang L.O.V.E., Beyond the Sea, It Don't Mean a Thing and The Lady is a Tramp to huge acclaim. Their vocal stylings and sharp dance moves will surely prove inspiration in the continuing story of House Singing. Over to the class of 2024!

For all the videos and final result please visit: Ellesmere College YouTube

3rd March 2023  Back to News