Guitarists make sure they strike a chord in annual music festival

IN TUNE From left, Ella Grace Ridley, Daniella Harman and Joseph McAlister

IN TUNE From left, Ella Grace Ridley, Daniella Harman and Joseph McAlister

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GUITAR stars from across Hampshire took their instruments along for the Portsmouth Music Festival.

The guitar section of the popular music event took place in Park Community School, Middle Park Way, Havant.

Guitarist William Reynolds, who won the adult own song solo category, took inspiration from his wife Lesley and performed three original songs.

The 59-year-old, of Lovedean Lane, Lovedean, said: ‘I performed on the classical guitar my wife gave to me on our 25th wedding anniversary.

‘I was on stage for 20 minutes and performed three songs that I had written about Lesley.

‘They were called Amazing Maid of Kent, Summer Storm Clouds and Nos Vingt Cinq Anne.

‘I’ve always enjoyed playing the guitar and taught myself when I was 13 years old.

‘It’s very much a hobby and I enjoy it very much.’

Peter Rogers, 18, of Highland Road, Emsworth, who won multiple categories, said: ‘I loved playing in the festival and love the guitar because it’s an instrument of soul and harmony.

‘I hope to become a musician or a music teacher when I leave school.’

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