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ONE of the area’s biggest music festivals is almost upon us.

There is everything from Gilbert and Sullivan, West Side Story and Last Night of the Proms at Waterlooville Music Festival, which begins on Saturday.

Schools across the area are taking part in the eight-day extravaganza which kicks off with live music in every corner of Waterlooville to tie in with the St George’s Church fete, starting at 9.30am.

One of the highlights of the festival will be the scratch concert on Sunday where the public are invited to learn Handel’s Messiah just a few hours before taking part in that evening’s performance.

Those wishing to take part should be at St George’s, in the town centre, just before 4pm.

The cost to enter is £4. This year will also see a film showing of West Side Story next Wednesday while Opera Comique presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe next Friday.

Jane Rice-Oxley, who helped found the festival seven years ago, said: ‘There will be so many fun, unique performances happening.

‘It’s always hard work getting it together but it’s very rewarding. We have a 14 strong committee who share the load.

‘It’s hard to say what I’m looking forward to because there are so many brilliant events.

‘Nearly every school in Waterlooville is doing something.‘

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