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THE sound of guitars filled the room at the latest stage of the Portsmouth Music Festival.

Held at Crookhorn College in Waterlooville, there were a variety of performances including solos and groups.

Guitar brothers from Lee-on-The Solent  ! - (left) Andrew Graham (15) with his brother (right) Ben Graham (12) 'The brothers who play in The Bay House Guitar Orchestra were playing together in the Guitar Section of The 2015 Portsmouth Music Festival held on Saturday at Crookhorn College in Waterlooville''Pic by:  Malcolm Wells (150258-0229)'Professional Photographer 'Mobile: 07802 217 569'E: malcolmrichardwells@gmail.com PPP-150702-232640006

Guitar brothers from Lee-on-The Solent ! - (left) Andrew Graham (15) with his brother (right) Ben Graham (12) 'The brothers who play in The Bay House Guitar Orchestra were playing together in the Guitar Section of The 2015 Portsmouth Music Festival held on Saturday at Crookhorn College in Waterlooville''Pic by: Malcolm Wells (150258-0229)'Professional Photographer 'Mobile: 07802 217 569'E: malcolmrichardwells@gmail.com PPP-150702-232640006

One group performed with ukuleles.

Gwenda Dearsley is the chairwoman of the festival.

She said: ‘It went extremely well. The adjudicator was extremely encouraged. He enjoyed himself.

‘He seemed very happy with it and enjoyed being there.

‘There was a good standard of playing.’

Gwenda said the children had a good time performing.

‘The children were full of enthusiasm,’ she said.

‘It gives them a huge boost. It’s the experience of standing up in front of other people and performing which is very valuable.

‘It’s good for later in life. It helps them when they are doing interviews.

‘Also, they are listening to other people and hearing what the adjudicator says to them.’

Guitar results

- Olivia Woods - Own choice solo - 18 years and under – Grade 1 - P

- Max Becvar – Own choice solo – 18 years and under - Grade 2 - M - The String Guitar centre trophy

- Theo Mantel-Cooper – Own choice solo – 18 years and under – Grades 3-4 – M

- Isaac David Hillier - Own choice solo – 18 years and under – Grades 3-4 – M

- Christopher Wright – Own choice solo – 18 years and under – Grades 3-4 – H Commended

- Samuel Adie – Own choice solo – 18 years and under - Grades 3-4 – D

- Felicity Bryany – Own choice solo – 18 years and under – Grades 3-4 – H Commended

- Calum Urquhart - Own choice solo – 18 years and under – Grades 3-4 – M

- Naomi Quartsin – Own choice solo – 18 years and under – Grades 3-4 – M

- Leon Potter – Own choice solo – 18 years and under - Grades 5-6 - D - The Lewis Groth Ward-Saunders Cup

- Naomi Quartsin – Own choice solo – 18 years and under – Open – M – The Hago Cup

- William Reynolds – Own choice solo – 19 years and over – Open – M

- Dunhurst Guitar Ensemble – Guitar and/or Ukelele only – up to and including 8 players H Commended

- PHS Ukeladies – Guitar and/or Ukelele only – up to and including 8 players – H-Commended

- Bay House Guitar Orchestra - Guitar and/or Ukelele only – over 8 players – D – The String Guitar centre trophy no.2

- Olivia Woods – Pupil and teacher duet classes – Grades 1-2 – H Commended

- Emma Parmenter – Pupil and teacher duet classes – Grades 1-2 – D

- Keziah Rose – Pupil and teacher duet classes – Grades 1-2 – D

- Naomi Quartsin – Pupil and teacher duet class – Grades 1-2 – D

- Christopher Wright – Pupil and teacher duet classes – Grades 3-4 - H – The Vice Chairman’s Guitar Cup

- Zoe Barnett – Recital Class – Any Age - H - Victoria Cup

- Zoe Barnett – Best Guitar performance in any age group - The Clarendon Cup

Key: D – Distinction; H – Honours; M – Merit; P – Pass; H Commended – Highly-Commended.