Debut choirs make a lasting impression

Bosmere Junior School, singing in Class Ch6, K.S.2. Own Choice.  'Portsmouth Music Festival, Young Choirs at Park Community School, Middle Park Way, Havant. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (13590-999)

Bosmere Junior School, singing in Class Ch6, K.S.2. Own Choice. 'Portsmouth Music Festival, Young Choirs at Park Community School, Middle Park Way, Havant. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (13590-999)

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FIRST-time choirs impressed the audience at the choral section of the Portsmouth Music Festival.

Both adult and young choirs performed at Park Community School, Middle Park Way, Havant, but the singers making their debuts impressed most.

Schools that compete every year and debut choirs alike received high awards such as distinctions or honours.

Fairfield Infant School, Fairfield Road, Havant, made its debut at this year’s festival.

John Gleadall, visiting teacher of music at Fairfield Infant School and Bosmere Junior School, said: ‘It was brilliant day.

‘The adjudicators were excellent and gave some positive feedback which is great for the first-timers.

‘I was so pleased with Fairfield because they are all only six or seven years old and yet they did so well. We had done some songs in class and I was impressed by how well they learnt them so I thought, “why not go to the festival?”’

Bosmere Junior School, South Street, Havant, also impressed with two trophies to their name. A new group from Southsea, Local Vocals, was enjoying its first time at the festival and won the Florence Cassidy Memorial Cup for the adult choir which made the greatest impression.

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