Hundreds of infants brought the Kings Theatre in Southsea to life with the sweet sound of music.
Talented six and seven-year-olds, from 17 infant and primary schools across the city, wowed their cheering audience with a selection of large choral pieces and individual school songs, on subjects ranging from zoo animals, to outer space.
The Infant Voices evening concert was the culmination of a music festival in March, where schools auditioned their reception to year two youngsters to a panel of headteachers and Portsmouth Music Service representatives.
Ann Larcombe, head of Penhale Infants in Fratton and secretary of the project, said: ‘It was a fantastic evening and all the children performed beautifully.
‘The occasion is not only for the sheer enjoyment of music, but also for other areas of the curriculum – it gives the children confidence as well as the chance to perform in front of an audience. ‘
Twenty-five year two children from Goldsmith Infants in Southsea were selected to perform an individual Samba Song on top of being part of the large choirs.
Headteacher Alison Spittles said: ‘It was a marvellous evening and a fantastic opportunity for key stage one children to be able to perform in a lovely venue.
‘All our youngsters were so excited to be involved in the concert and on the night they sang wonderfully.
‘Four of the group had some solo lines to sing and all of them couldn’t resist a few dance moves to go with the upbeat song – it was a lump in the throat moment.’
At Westover Primary, in Milton, children practised hard ahead of their performance of the Zoo Song.
Joy Golledge, the school’s head of music, said: ‘Our children made us proud and parents and staff in the audience were hugely supportive.
‘They were a little nervous before they went on stage but they sang fabulously on the night and had fun with their song about animals.’
The Infant Voices festival, now in its third year, is run jointly by participating schools and Portsmouth’s Music Service.