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MUSICIANS of all ages and abilities are invited to sign up to a major competitive event at its official launch this Saturday.

The Portsmouth Music Festival Syllabus promises to showcase – and judge – thousands of talents across a range of categories including piano, strings, woodwind, brass, vocal, dance and rock and pop.

Now in its 80th year, PMF vice-chairman Ian Frogley hopes the event, which attracted more than 4,000 entries last time, will be bigger and better than ever before.

He said: ‘It gives musicians a wonderful opportunity to perform in front of an audience and professionals who will give them constructive feedback.

‘I hope to see many more people get involved this year.’

The PMF Syllabus, which runs from February until March next year, will host a series of competitions across different instruments and age groups at venues throughout the region.

All participants receive a certificate, and a panel of adjudicators will award first place for each category.

They will put through a range of top performers to a final concert at the Kings Theatre in Southsea on March 25, where two major prizes will be announced.

These will be a recital at the Portsmouth Festivities next year, and a performance with the Solent Symphony Orchestra.

The launch of the PMF Syllabus on September 10 will be held at Port Solent from midday until 4pm.

Entries for dance should be received by October 14, and other categories by November 11.

For forms or more information visit portsmouthmusicfestival.co.uk.