On 5 November, everyone was finally ready to put their hard work and preparation for the Division Music competition into practice; it promised to be a fiercely-fought contest and the excitement was palpable! We were so thrilled to be able to welcome parents to share in the buzz and anticipation of the event and to cheer on their respective Divisions.The occasion began with some high-energy, funky numbers from some very well-dressed Pop Bands! All groups played stylishly and were clearly having lots of fun performing some slick choreography and seeing the fruits of their practice so well received. Moving on to the solo section, Olivia Black, Eddie Davison and Siena Strong all demonstrated their individual skills, playing diversely contrasting pieces and performing with great maturity and poise. However, it was Tom Wilson who won the prize for this category for Beck with a musically performed Chopin Waltz on the piano.The ensembles then performed their selection of war-themed pieces with enthusiasm and confidence, helped by visiting instrumental teachers and led energetically by Mr. Bennett. The lunchtime rehearsals and practising of individual parts resulted in some highly enjoyable and polished performances which then set the stage for the greatly anticipated Division Songs.This was the final opportunity to impress Mr. John Jenkins, our visiting adjudicator for this year. From songs of rebellion in “Stick It To The Man” to the part-singing and beautiful solos in “Sing” via a visit to the wonderful world of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, some spirited singing brought the competition to an entertaining end with Gilpin finally victorious.However, with their wins in both the Pop Band and Ensemble section, it was Aldrich who were the ultimate overall champions for the second consecutive year.Huge thanks must go to all staff and parents for their support, musicians, peripatetic teachers and the maintenance team and audio engineers, without whom the event would not have come to life – but also to Mr. Bennett for masterminding the entire occasion. Who might win next year…?!