WOODWIND musicians were the stars of the show at the Portsmouth Music Festival.
The woodwind and recorder section of the annual event was held at Portsmouth High School Juniors in Southsea.
Clare Ridout watched her daughters Eleanor, 11, and Clara, eight, from Southsea playing the recorder.
She said: ‘They were a little bit nervous but once they got going they were okay.
‘It’s the first time Clara has entered but it’s the fourth time for Eleanor.
‘It’s good for them to be able to learn to get up in front of people and play their recorders.
‘It’s often thought of as a school instrument and a lot of people don’t take it forward.
‘But it’s actually a good instrument to play. It’s good for them to see how others play.’
Organiser Gwenda Dearsley said: ‘So far everything has gone smoothly.
‘The adjudicators are all being very good and they are impressed with the standards everywhere.
‘Everything is going very well. It’s good because it gives them the experience of performing themselves with feedback and comments.
‘It’s also an opportunity to see other people perform.
‘They can learn from what others do well and what they do not so well. They get mutual support as well.
‘They are all rooting for each other as well as doing the best for themselves.’
All week the dance section of the festival is taking place.
And the classical and traditional vocal section will be held on Friday and Saturday at the Central Library in Guildhall Square.