Get set as city music festival makes return

Eleanor Wallace (left), and Amelie Morris sing togetherat the he Portsmouth Music Festivals Gala Concert
Eleanor Wallace (left), and Amelie Morris sing togetherat the he Portsmouth Music Festivals Gala Concert
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IT is an annual showcase of young people’s musical talents.

Portsmouth Music Festival is back once again and a whole line-up of concerts are in store.

The event sees different events take place across Portsmouth and beyond, with prizes awarded in different categories for the best performers.

The first set of performers will take to the stage in front of an audience on Saturday.

Those specialising in speech and drama will show off their skills at Park Community School, in Middle Park Way, Havant.

And guitarists will take to the stage on the same day at Crookhorn College, in Waterlooville, followed by string musicians at the same venue on Sunday.

Woodwind and recorder instrumentalists will play from Saturday, February 14, to Sunday, February 15, at Crookhorn College.

An opening concert marking the beginning of the whole festival was held last Sunday at Portsmouth Guildhall.

Gwenda Dearsley, chairwoman of Portsmouth Music Festival, which has been running for around 83 years, said: ‘It’s a celebration of all the talent.

‘It also gives all performers with a range of talents the chance to perform to an audience, which a lot of them don’t get very often otherwise.

‘If they keep coming back year after year, they can track their progress and see how they have improved since the previous year.

‘They get professional advice from an adjudicator about what they are doing really well and how they can get better.’

Further events will take place throughout February and March, featuring adult choirs, rock and pop concerts as well as piano, vocal and choral performances.

The festival will culminate with a gala concert with performers showcasing their talents on March 29 at The Kings Theatre, in Southsea, from 7pm.

Money raised at the concert will be used to help young people involved in the festival who are about to start further education courses.

Gwenda added: ‘It’s a massive learning experience for these performers. But at the same time, it’s very relaxed and there’s no unpleasant rivalries or anything like that.’

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