Youngsters show off their talents at music festival

IN TUNE From left, Astrid Davis, Adam Coutts, Isabella Illagan, Ling Drover, Harriet Paardekooper, Rebecca Charters and Thomas White.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (14404-087)
IN TUNE From left, Astrid Davis, Adam Coutts, Isabella Illagan, Ling Drover, Harriet Paardekooper, Rebecca Charters and Thomas White.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (14404-087)
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KEEN pianists have been showing off their talents at the latest stage of the Portsmouth Music Festival.

The piano section of the festival took place at Portsmouth Central Library in Guildhall Square.

Carol Frogley is the head of the piano section. She said: ‘It’s been really successful.

‘It is good to see so many young pianists returning year after year to perform on this wonderful piano.

‘There have also been a good number of new entrants who have also benefited from the experience of performing and receiving such helpful feedback.

‘Adults too enjoy and appreciate the adjudicator’s comments, whether on their performance or on more technical or musical techniques.

‘Our performers this year ranged in age from six years to over 80, so anyone can enter.’

Special congratulations were given to 12-year-old Emily Riley whose playing was of such a high standard that the adjudicator awarded her the Senior Clifford Benson Piano Prize.

She was told that despite her age, her musicianship is of a standard aged 18 or over.

The choral and brass bands sections take place this weekend.

· For a breakdown of the results in the piano section, pick up a copy of The News today.