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KEYS From left, Jako Shek, Anna Reidy and Ling Drover, competitors in Class P59 piano duet nine years and under. Picture: Allan Hutchings ''(13445-292)
KEYS From left, Jako Shek, Anna Reidy and Ling Drover, competitors in Class P59 piano duet nine years and under. Picture: Allan Hutchings ''(13445-292)

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PIANISTS took to the stage on to mark the third week of the Portsmouth Music Festival.

The piano section of the festival took place at the Menuhin Room in the Central Library, Guildhall, Portsmouth.

The musicians showed the high standards expected of the festival throughout the three-day competition.

Over the course of the days, a range of musical genres were played with the swing, jazz and blues section impressing many with its level of difficulty.

Carol Frogley, head of the piano section, said: ‘The standard of performance was very high, showing the wealth of talented pianists in and around the Portsmouth area.

‘The swing, jazz and blues genres are not the easiest of music to play but a lot of the pianists rose to the challenge and played the pieces with great flow and understanding.’

The adjudicator, Alisa Howarth, was impressed with the high standards, as other adjudicators have been in the different categories of the festival.

Their advice offers a lot of guidance and encouragement and Carol thinks this helps the musicians grow.

She said: ‘They all gained valuable experience preparing for and performing in the festival.’

The next categories to be performed in the festival are brass and choral, which are taking place over the weekend.