Musicians put on inspiringperformance for all tastes

ORGANISERS have spoken of their delight after the brass section of the Portsmouth Music Festival.

Monday, 20th March 2017, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:56 am
From left, Monty Johnson, Berry Johnson and Eleanor Palmer with their awards from the event

A wide range of music was played on a massive variety of brass instruments, promising entertainment for people of all musical tastes.

All performers benefitted from the expert guidance and encouragement given by the adjudicator, Julian Poore. Julian provided every performer with advice on how to improve their playing.

The event, which ran for two days, saw high quality musical pieces across the board, with standout performances from James Adie, Owen Russell and Ben Steggall, who all received honours for their Grade Seven and Grade Eight recitals. Ben was also rewarded with the ISM trophy and Owen received the Maurice Andre Trophy.

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Meanwhile, the Johnson family all put in an impressive performance, with Persephone, Monty and Berry awarded high marks in a number of classes.

Berry Johnson achieved honours for her performance of 633 Squadron by Ron Goodwin and Somewhere by Leonard Bernstein.

Special mention was also given to Eleanor Palmer, who has been playing the trumpet for less than 18 months, but achieved consistently high marks in all three of her classes; her performance of We’re Off To See The Wizard by Arlen led to her winning the Contrast Cup.

Treasurer Ian Frogley said: ‘The section closed with exceptional performances given by HCSC and HCSC2.

‘They had everyone’s feet tapping and they provided a fantastic end to a truly inspiring day-and-a-half of performances. All performers, their teachers and families should be very proud.’

The finale for the Portsmouth Music Festival will be their final gala concert on Sunday, April 2 – taking place from 7pm at the Kings Theatre, Southsea.

Tickets cost £12 for adults, £8 for OAPs and £7 for children, and can be ordered by calling (023) 9282 8282 or going to the theate website

For a full list of results from the brass section, visit