FROM mature singers down to younger participants, the contemporary and traditional vocal section of the music festival proved as popular as ever.
The section took place in the Menuhin Room, Portsmouth’s Central Library.
Singers from the city and across Hampshire took part in the one day event.
Jay Jupe, of Nutwick Road, Havant, goes to South Downs College, College Road, Waterlooville.
The 17-year-old is studying music, English and critical thinking and hopes to become a professional singer when he leaves. He won five cups at this year’s festival.
Jay said: ‘I like classical singing because its challenging and different.
‘I performed seven songs and although I felt nervous beforehand, I was excited.
‘I performed at the festival two years ago and I like the way the festival gives you a platform to sing in front of audiences.’
He was accompanied on the piano by Ayumi Shirai, who works at South Downs College.
She said: ‘I have played with Jay for two years and I can honestly say it’s a pleasure to work with someone as talented as him.
‘He has a remarkable voice for someone so young, and this festival is an ideal way for it to be showcased.
‘The festival does well to promote all the talented musicians in Portsmouth.’
Jay’s singing coach Lynette Elliott Oruc has taught him since he was 10 and was proud to see him win five cups.
She said: ‘When I first met Jay he was the shyest student I had ever had.
‘But his singing has gone from strength to strength and he is the most talented student I have ever had.
‘I’m proud of his achievements.
‘I’m glad he won categories, but what I think is best about the festival is the adjudicating.
‘All the participants get feedback, which will only make them better.’