THE penultimate section of the city’s biggest music festival attracted scores of talented musicians.
From trumpets to trombones, tubas to French horns, Portsmouth Music Festival’s brass category proved a big success.
Performances by individuals, groups and duets all took place throughout the three-day section.
Gemma Billington, head of section, said: ‘There was a good turn out this year and the performances were completely breathtaking.
‘A lot of the children who took part were really impressed with the adjudicator’s remarks.
‘Not only were they praised for their performances, but they also came away with feedback on how to improve their skills. That’s always good to get, particularly for the younger performers.
‘This category always draws in a wide audience, we have under eights all the way through to adults.
‘Music is so important as it helps stimulate the brain and help with learning.
‘And there were a lot of talented musicians showing their skills.’
And 15-year-old Isabel Howson proved how good she was as she walked away with several awards, including The ISM Award for the best communicated performance.
Isabel, of The Glade, Waterlooville, who plays the tuba, said: ‘I have been playing the tuba for about six years and picked it when I was at school.
‘I thought at the time it has a funny image to it and that I would like to learn to play it. I started off with a smaller one, but now I use a full sized one.
‘I loved taking part in the music festival and was ecstatic when I found out I had won so many classes.’
Isabel, who goes to Portsmouth Grammar School, in High Street, Old Portsmouth, also did a duet with sister Grace, 17, who plays the oboe.
‘They’re an unusual combination to have and I think our performance in that is quite unique,’ added Isabel.
‘That is always good to play and it produces a different sound.’
And the odd duet was also a hit with festival-goers as it won the sisters first place in the Thelma Rulf Family Cup.
Mrs Billington added: ‘Isabel was a delight to listen to, and her duet with her sister was fantastic.
‘I don’t know if Isabel plans a career in music, but I think she would do well from it if she did.’