Stage lights up as acts put on fitting finale to end Portsmouth Music Festival

The Portsmouth Music Festival Gala Concert was held at The Kings Theatre in Southsea. Isabelle Parsons gave a performance from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (14961-4) PPP-140330-203936003
The Portsmouth Music Festival Gala Concert was held at The Kings Theatre in Southsea. Isabelle Parsons gave a performance from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14961-4) PPP-140330-203936003
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IT WAS a tremendous end to one of Portsmouth’s biggest festivals.

Hundreds of people went to the Kings Theatre, in Albert Road, Southsea, to see the finalists of the Portsmouth Music Festival.

The stage was lit up by dancers, singers and musicians to mark the end of the three-month extravaganza.

The gala concert celebrates the acts which have stood out during the festival and its chairwoman said more acts could have been chosen.

Gwenda Dearsley said: ‘The gala concert is always an amazing show.

‘We had some great performances and the audience enjoyed themselves.

‘It is always difficult picking the final performers because there were so many more who were very good in their categories.

‘But we just don’t have enough time to feature them all.’

For Gwenda, the closing show is always a great way to celebrate the festival.

She added: ‘It is great seeing all the singers, musicians and dancers coming together to celebrate another great show.

‘It goes on for three months and so much planning goes into the festival that the gala is a fitting way to end it.’

Many different acts performed in the Portsmouth Musical Festival, from string musicians to school choirs.

For Gwenda there were some outstanding acts.

‘We see so many different bands, solo performers and groups and it is hard to pick a favourite moment,’ she said.

‘But I remember a swing band from the brass section who put on a great performance and the audience enjoyed it.

‘In particular, there were three little kids sat in the front row bobbing their heads and having a little dance. That always stood out in my head.

‘There was also a young lady who was in the speech and drama section and she did a great act which I loved.’