Biggest audience yet at schools’ music festival

IN TUNE The City of Portsmouth Girls School Band
IN TUNE The City of Portsmouth Girls School Band
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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A YOUTH orchestra from Gosport made a guest appearance at the third night of the Portsmouth Schools Music Festival.

The Elson Youth Orchestra performed on the same bill as the City of Portsmouth Girls school.

ONE VOICE Portsmouth Schools Junior choir

ONE VOICE Portsmouth Schools Junior choir

Nine-year-old singer Samira Collins, who was a finalist in a local X-Factor-style competition, sung Tomorrow from the musical Annie. The Portsmouth Grammar School brass band performed a James Bond theme and an old Olympics theme from 1984.

The infants choir included children from Charles Dickens Infants, Flying Bull Primary, Stamshaw Infants and St George’s Beneficial Primary also performed. And a junior choir featured pupils from Court Lane Juniors, Flying Bull Primary, Gatcombe Park Primary, Solent Juniors and St George’s Beneficial Primary.

Chairwoman of the festival Becky Hill said: ‘It was fantastic, we had a big audience as we had so many children. We had lots of positive comments from parents. It’s important to give the children that experience.’