Portsmouth High School concert goes online

PORTSMOUTH High School pupils harnessed the power of social media to bring their annual music concert into people’s homes.

By Neil Fatkin
Friday, 1st May 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Friday, 1st May 2020, 3:47 pm

Unable to perform at The Square Tower in Old Portsmouth due to lockdown, the school’s music students were determined that the show must go on with a virtual concert online.

Via the power of Microsoft Teams the pupils were able to sing and play a wide range of musical compositions in-front of parents, governors, friends and teachers.

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Students taking part in Portsmouth High School's online concert.

Jia Feng, 17, who took part in the concert, said: 'I was really happy that the school managed to put on the concert online. I was impressed by the standard of musicianship in the school.’

Year 4 pupil, Harriet Thomson, who watched the concert from home, said: ‘It was such a privilege to watch an amazing concert from home. I am so inspired by the girls at my school.’

The concert was coordinated by the school’s director of music, Mr Tinsley.

He said: ‘There was a palpable sense of community throughout the evening. Families sat together on their sofas at home listening, clapping, and sending in messages. Because space was unlimited, far more people were able to hear the concert this year than ever before.’

‘Sharing such great talent and enthusiasm with a wider audience has certainly been a positive aspect of unusual circumstances. It will be wonderful to make music together again in the same room soon.’

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