Another night of spectacular song

BEAT IT! Northern Parade Junior School year 6 band perform Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes.     (112354-3)
BEAT IT! Northern Parade Junior School year 6 band perform Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes. (112354-3)
Julian Brown (60) with his family (l-r) son-in-law Paul Saunders (29), daughter Sara Saunders (28), wife Karen Brown (60) and daughter Kate Brown (31).

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IT WAS another night of spectacular song and music performed by youngsters at a student musical festival.

The penultimate night of the Portsmouth Schools’ Music Festival once again showcased some of the best musical talent in the city.

CHORUS LINE Pupils from Junior School Choir in full song''(112354-10)

CHORUS LINE Pupils from Junior School Choir in full song''(112354-10)

During the four-day festival, all 53 primary and secondary schools in Portsmouth have contributed either singing, dancing or music performances at Portsmouth Guildhall.

And the third night did not fail to deliver, with a mix of modern and classical pieces.

The show was opened by the Portsmouth Grammar School brass band, who played favourites such as A Sound of Music Medley, by Rodgers and Hammerstein and Rondo, by Mozart.

This was followed by an infant school choir, made up of five schools in the city.

Kick-starting the second half was Differences Aside – a band made up of students from Mayfield School. They were followed by the Northern Parade Junior School Year 5 Band, which had Waisale Basiyalo, 10, as the frontman, singing Forget You by Cee Lo Green.

He said: ‘I was really excited about going on the stage and performing in front of everyone. I enjoy the festival each year and it always brings everyone together.’

Fellow band member Harry Salami, 10, who was on bass guitar, said: ‘I love coming to the shows because of all the singing and dancing. I’ve been playing the bass now for a year and really enjoy it, it’s an instrument I can have fun with.’

Closing the show was a junior school choir featuring youngsters from Milton Park Primary, Highbury Primary and Flying Bull Primary.

Becky Hill, chairwoman of the committee which organises the festival, said: ‘It was a superb night.’