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SAMBA, opera and brass are among the types of music you will hear in the streets during the annual Waterlooville Music Festival.

Each year Waterlooville Business Association organises free musical fun in the town centre to coincide with the Festival, which is based at and run by St George’s Church.

This year’s musical extravaganza runs from June 9 to 17 and on the first day the Business Association has acts from 11am to 3.30pm.

Outside Waitrose there will be brass musicians and soloists. At the library South Zone and Igloo Music will be followed by the popular Denmead Band.

Underneath the Clock Tower there will be samba music and dancing and the youngsters from Classique School of Dance will put on a show.

Singers from the Baptist Church and solo singers will make the area their stage and the police station forecourt will play host entertainers.

One of the highlights will be a show by Havant Light Opera outside the Denmead Queen pub at 11am.

Organiser Janet Johnston said: ‘As well as the children’s rides, burger van and ice cream van, we have face painting, and glitter tattoos for the children. This is a good day out and free to all.’

Tickets are on sale for paid-for performances at St George’s Church.

Seats for Portsmouth Philharmonia, Opera Comique and Last Night of the Proms are selling fast. As well as evening performances there will be lunchtime shows and events involving schoolchildren. Go to stgeorgesnews.org for more information.