“Show off your school’s musical ability and win your school music department up to £500!”

ENCORE“ (now in its 6th year) is a Secondary Music Competition like no other – this is an opportunity to show off your school’s musical ability as well as the chance to be original and pull off a performance that could earn your school music department up to £500!

Watch the Encore 2024 LiveStream on our Facebook page!

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  • 2024 Champions: Drayton Manor High School

  • Texture and Dynamic Contrast: Featherstone High School

  • Rock and Roll Energy: Greenford High School

  • 2023 Champions: Elthorne Park High School

  • Most Accomplished and Rehearsed Song: Featherstone High School

  • Best Stage Presence: The Cardinal Wiseman School

  • 2020 Champions: Featherstone High School

  • Best Original Arrangement: Ealing Fields High School

  • Ensemble & Technical Excellence: Twyford CE High School

  • 2019 Champions: The Ellen Wilkinson Schools for Girls

  • Musical Entertainment Award: Greenford High School

  • 2018 ChampionsThe Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls

  • Ensemble & Technical Excellence: Twyford CE High School

  • 2017 Champions: The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls

  • Best Original Arrangement: Brentside High School

ENCORE will be held at Ealing Christian Centre, Northfields Avenue on the 28th February 2024 @ 7:30pm.

Tickets will be available for the 800 seater auditorium showcase for friends and family to come and support. The concert was also streamed LIVE on Facebook , so the whole school could support from home!

  • Each school must present 2 contrasting pieces (in any genre) which may be instrumental, vocal or a mixture of both.
  • There MUST be a minimum of 3 performers in each piece.
  • All performance must use live music – no backing tracks! *(unless they are mixed live).
  • Total performance time per piece must not exceed 5 mins.
  • The judge will be looking at the overall performance, as well as quality, originality and most importantly,  entertainment value.
  • The judge will award the ENCORE Trophy Cup with a PRIZE of £500 for the best overall school. There will also be additional prizes of £150. The judge will give short adjudication and announce the winners LIVE on the night.
  • Each school will have time for a short soundcheck on the day at the venue between 15:00 and 19:00 (times will be given once all entries are received).
  • There will be a projector that can display anything the schools wish during their performance – this will need to be sent in advance of the day.
  • Each school must stage manage their own performance and will only be given 2 mins to set up the stage for each performance. (Curtains will open after a 2 mins countdown and the performance time will start).
  • The only rule this year is you have to entertain people – that’s it – what you do is completely up to you!!!!

This is not a classical music competition, so if you choose to do a ‘classical piece’ it’s got to be entertaining to a wide audience – don’t just get some music and play well, we want a performance! Maybe your own arrangement or mashup with vocals to a piece that doesn’t usually involve the voice – think outside the box!

It’s not a battle of the bands either, we don’t want it to be a band that already exists – add a string section or a horn section – don’t just do a cover the same way as the original – again think outside the box – its got to entertain people!!

The number one thing to make sure is whatever ensemble lineup or genre of music you choose, the quality has got to be amazing!!! This is to crown your school CHAMPIONS for 2024 and potentially earn your school music department some money that could help support your school. This is your chance to show Ealing what your school’s made of!