PICTURE GALLERY: Portsmouth Schools Christmas Carol Concert

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CHRISTMAS carols sung by hundreds of school children filled the air with some festive cheer.

The Schools’ Christmas Carol Concert was held tonight on the steps of the Portsmouth Guildhall.

The Schools' Christmas Carol Concert on the Portsmouth Guildhall steps Picture: Sarah Standing (161618-8006)

The Schools' Christmas Carol Concert on the Portsmouth Guildhall steps Picture: Sarah Standing (161618-8006)

The event was hosted by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor David Fuller, who was dressed in festive red, and Lady Mayoress Leza Tremorin, who was dressed an angel.

Thirty-three schools from across Portsmouth took part in the show, which had music provided by the Salvation Army Portsmouth Citadel Band.

Sophie Greppi, eight, from Portsdown Primary School, was singing, cheered on by mum Tina.

Tina, from Wymering, said: ‘It is an amazing show. It is very emotional. It is the first time she has done anything like this so I am proud of her.’

Kitty Cushman, six, and teacher Jo Coney from Arundel Court School.

Picture: Sarah Standing (161618-7968)

Kitty Cushman, six, and teacher Jo Coney from Arundel Court School. Picture: Sarah Standing (161618-7968)

Father Christmas appeared on the steps half-way through the show during a rendition of Santa Claus is Coming To Town to cheers from the children.

Kitty Cushman, six, from Arundel Court Primary School, said that was one of her favourite parts of the whole show.

She said: ‘It was really good. I really liked it when we sang Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer and then Father Christmas was really good too.’

Other singers were Felicity Harry, seven, and Vimbai Mushunje, nine, from Portsdown Primary School, in Cosham.

Picture: Sarah Standing (161618-7921)

Picture: Sarah Standing (161618-7921)

Vimbai said: ‘My favourite part was Father Christmas, and singing We Wish You A Merry Christmas at the end.’

Year 3 teacher Jo Coney was looking after a group from Arundel Court Primary School, in Landport.

She said: ‘We come every year. It is a great as a lot of children do not get the opportunity to attend shows like this. Events like this are nice as we can bring them along and parents can come along and watch too.’

Watching from the crowd was Glenn and Sarah Wilson, from Milton, and their daughter five-year-old Isabel. They were supporting seven-year old James, from Meon Infant School, in Southsea.

Dad Glenn said: ‘I think it is really good. There’s a great Christmas atmosphere and it is a great way to start Christmas.’

Isabel said: ‘Now I am really excited for Christmas. I’m excited as Santa is going to give us presents as I have been an angel.’

Schools that took part;

Ark Ayrton Primary Academy

Arundel Court Primary School

Copnor Primary School

Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School

Cottage Grove Primary School

Court Lane Junior School

Craneswater Junior School

Devonshire Infant School

Fernhurst Junior School

Gatcombe Park Primary School

Goldsmith Infant School

Highbury Primary School

Home Education Families

Langstone Junior School

Mayville High School

Medina Primary School

Meon Infant School

Milton Park Primary School

Moorings Way Infant School

Newbridge Junior School

Penhale Infants

Portsdown Primary School

Solent Junior School

St Edmund’s Catholic School

St George’s Beneficial C of E School

St John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School

St Jude’s C of E Primary School

St Swithun’s Catholic Primary School

Stamshaw Infant School

The Flying Bull Primary Academy

The Victory Primary School

Westover Primary School

Wimborne Junior School