CHILDREN and adults across the area are warming up their vocal chords and polishing their instruments in preparation for the Portsmouth Music Festival.
Talented musicians are getting ready to pack out Portsmouth Guildhall for the opening of the annual event this Sunday.
There are a variety of different categories including piano, brass, recorder and woodwind and contemporary vocal.
Gwenda Dearsley, chairwoman of the festival, said: ‘It’s a splendid chance for anybody learning an instrument or taking part in dance or drama to have a chance to perform to an audience and get some feedback from a professional adjudicator.’
Pupils from schools including Portsmouth Grammar, Padnell Infants in Waterlooville and St John’s College in Southsea will take part.
The Portsmouth City Band and the Victory Brass Band will also compete.
Mrs Dearsley adds: ‘It’s a fun festival. Everybody supports everybody else.
‘I’m sure it will be as exciting as ever and I hope lots of people will come down. It really is for everybody.’
The festival takes place in venues across the area including Park Community School in Havant, Cosham Baptist Church and The Kings Theatre in Southsea. The opening concert is at 3pm with performers from last year’s festival taking to the stage.
Visit portsmouthmusicfestival.co.uk for more information.