SCORES of talented musicians and performers kicked off this year’s Portsmouth Music Festival with a bang.
Students of all ages showed off their skills in front of a packed audience at Admiral Lord Nelson School in Portsmouth on Sunday.
St John’s Chapel Choir from St John’s College, in Southsea, sang musical arrangements by Cesar Franck and French composer Charles-Camille Saint-Saens, while string players from Portsmouth Grammar School’s Corelli Orchestra took to the stage and performed folk numbers.
A string quartet made up of year seven students from the school played material by classical musician Sebastian Brown.
The two-hour event was rounded off with performances by Portsmouth Grammar School’s fiddle group and The Alternative Dramatic Arts Academy, which acted out scenes from Shakespeare plays.
Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Cheryl Buggy attended the afternoon and officially opened the Portsmouth Music Festival, which is in its 80th year.
Gwenda Dearsley, chairwoman of the festival, said: ‘It was a fantastic evening and it showcased all the amazing talent that this year’s festival has to offer.’