Strings masterclass given to pupils as part of festivities

PUTTING ON A SHOW Portsmouth Grammar School String Quartet performing yesterday. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (122114-2715)
PUTTING ON A SHOW Portsmouth Grammar School String Quartet performing yesterday. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (122114-2715)
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STUDENTS were able to add another string to their bow after getting a masterclass from an international quartet group.

The Portsmouth Grammar School senior string quartet performed in a cathedral before they were given advice from The Brodsky Quartet.

The performance took place at the Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral, in St Thomas’s Road, Old Portsmouth, yesterday.

It was one of the day’s events for the on-going Portsmouth Festivities.

Jane Ingamells, head of strings at the grammar school in High Street, Old Portsmouth, said: ‘The students enjoyed a masterclass with The Brodsky Quartet.

‘The school’s senior string quartet played the First Movement by Haydn in G major.

‘After hearing the piece, The Brodsky Quartet worked with different bowing techniques and styles.

‘The pupils enjoyed it as it’s always great to get instruction from someone so international.

‘You don’t get these opportunities often.’

Later on, the 40-year-old Brodsky Quartet – made up of Daniel Rowland, Ian Belton, Paul Cassidy and Jacqueline Thomas – held a concert in the cathedral.

Paul, who plays the viola, said: ‘It was lovely to see a student string quartet and they were very encouraging with their performance.

‘The Portsmouth Festivities is terrific. The evening concert was fantastic too.

‘What we did was have a wheel, which audience members could spin. Whichever piece of music it landed on we played.

‘There were 40 because it is the quartet’s 40th birthday.’

And today residents will be able to see a unique boat, which was built from more than 1,000 pieces of wood, dock in Portsmouth.

The unusual 30ft vessel, called Collective Spirit, was due to stop off at Gunwharf Quays at 11.45am.

It will be welcomed by a choir of various Portsmouth singers and international cappella group Voces8.

A range of activities and events will take place as the boat stays in the city, until July 1, where supersailor Dee Caffari will be at its helm to take it on to the next leg.

The boat is making its voyage to Weymouth for the 2012 Olympics sailing events.

For more information go to portsmouthfestivities.co.uk

WHAT’S ON TOMORROW

· Festivities Service. With the Rev Tim Daykin, Radio Solent presenter. Music by Dove and Walton. St Thomas’ Cathedral, High Street, Old Portsmouth, 11am.

· Lunchtime Live. Featuring the St John’s Chapel Choir. Admission £5, concs. St Thomas’ Cathedral, High Street, Old Portsmouth, 1pm.

· Portsmouth Music Festival Winner’s Recital. The winner of the 2011 Portsmouth Music Festival, young pianist Imy Luc will perform in this her debut recital. Admission £5, concs. The Michael Nott Rotunda, Portsmouth Grammar School, High Street, Old Portsmouth, 1.10pm.

· Model Boat Display. A family show presented by the Portsmouth Model Boat Display Team. Canoe Lake, St Helens Parade, Southsea, 2pm.

· Walk Back in Time. Admission £3, concs. Starts Square Tower, Broad Street, Old Portsmouth, 2.30pm.

· Master Class with Emma Johnson. Clarinettist Emma Johnson will lead a workshop for selected participants from the 2012 Portsmouth Music Festival. The Michael Nott Rotunda, Portsmouth Grammar School, High Street, Old Portsmouth, 3pm. Admission £5, concs.

· John Sutherland. In his latest books John Sutherland excavates the hidden links between Dickens’ characters, themes, preoccupations and the minutiae of his endlessly inventive wordplay. Portsmouth Grammar School, High Street, Old Portsmouth, 4pm. Admission £8, concs.

· Evensong. With the Portsmouth Cathedral Choir.

Music by Humphrey and Gibbons. St Thomas’ Cathedral, High Street, Old Portsmouth, 6pm.

· A Mutual Friend – Poems and Music for Charles Dickens. Featuring George Marsh, Robyn Bolam, Denise Bennett, Maggie Sawkins and Steve Tesane. Music from Les Kazoos d’Amour. The Bridge Tavern, Camber Docks, Old Portsmouth, 8pm. Admission £4, concs.

· VOCES8 in concert. British a cappella with a concert ranging from early polyphony to unique jazz and pop arrangements. St Thomas’ Cathedral, High Street, Old Portsmouth, 8pm. Admission £16, concs.