Woodwind section posts first results of music festival

Competitors in the junior wind section of the Portsmouth Music Festival (left to right), Georgia Robertson (12), Becky Mottershead (13), and Ellie Howarth (15)
Competitors in the junior wind section of the Portsmouth Music Festival (left to right), Georgia Robertson (12), Becky Mottershead (13), and Ellie Howarth (15)
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THE first set of results for a category in the Portsmouth Music Festival are in.

The recorder and woodwind section of the two-month festival took place over the weekend, with scores of entrants taking part.

Jennie Flatman, head of section for recorder, said: ‘This year entries were of another high standard.

‘The performances were well prepared and it’s amazing to see such great talent from young people.

‘The competition also gives these musicians good prospects in the music industry.’

Catherine Emery, 16, of Angelo Close, Waterlooville, won the Zurich Insurance Trophy for the best performance age 15 to 18 category.

She has played the clarinet for eight years and the flute for three.

She said: ‘I played three bits of music, two on my own and one in a duet.

‘I really enjoy performing and can’t say which I enjoyed the most.

‘I was shocked when I was told I was a winner, but also really happy.

‘I love having the opportunity to perform and want to become a music teacher.’

Catherine played the first movement of the Clarinet Sonata by Saint-Saens, Concerto in G third movement by Vivaldi and Views of the Blues by Gordon Lewin.