A birthday surprise for Rosy as she takes to the stage

Rosy Stephens
Rosy Stephens
Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

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SINGER Rosy Stephens had a special treat when she performed at the Portsmouth Schools Music Festival.

The 10-year-old pupil from Copnor Junior School was celebrating her birthday and after singing Do You Hear The People Sing? from long-running West End show Les Miserables, the audience sung Happy Birthday to her.

It came at the second night of the festival, which saw hundreds more youngsters take to the stage.

There was a performance from the Portsmouth Grammar School Junior band as well as music from the BTEC music performance students at Portsmouth College, and from the Mayfield Secondary school band.

The Infant School Choir featured performances from pupils at Court Lane Infants, Mayville High School and Northern Parade Infants.

The Junior Choir saw performances from Arundel Court Primary, Copnor Juniors, Lyndhurst Juniors and Milton Park Primary.

Becky Hill, chairwoman of the Portsmouth Schools Music Festival, said: ‘The atmosphere was one of celebration. The little personal touches that everyone brought to it were really special for us.

‘The standard is incredible.

‘I have high expectations of what we are producing here and they are always exceeded.

‘There was lots of cheering and lots of parental pride.

‘I had tears in my eyes. It was just gorgeous. The sound was incredible.’

The festival has been running all week.

n In tomorrow’s paper, see coverage of Charles Dickens Infants, Flying Bull Primary, Stamshaw Infants, Court Lane Juniors, Flying Bull Primary School, Gatcombe Park Primary, Solent Juniors and St George’s Beneficial Primary School.