Still chance to catch great shows at Waterlooville Music Festival

SUPPORT Havant mayor Gerald Shimbart with mayoress Elaine Shimbart and festival organiser Jane Rice-Oxley

A MUSIC festival which includes performances from almost every genre is drawing huge crowds.

Waterlooville Music Festival, based around St George’s Church in the town centre, began on Saturday with concerts in almost every nook and cranny of the precinct.

On Sunday, there was a scratch performance of Handel’s Messiah, where 30 members of the public started rehearsing the piece at 4pm and performed at 7pm to a delighted audience.

The mayor of Havant, Councillor Gerald Shimbart, has praised Monday evening’s show which saw Hampshire clarinet and saxophone choirs perform with Hampshire Guitar Orchestra.

Cllr Shimbart said: ‘In the first half the youngsters played with energy and expression producing a vigorous and varied programme.

‘The virtuosity of the Hampshire guitar orchestra was amazing and the patter was hilarious.’

This evening Highbury Area Band headlines and tomorrow Bourne Community College perform at lunchtime, and Hulbert Junior and Queens Inclosure schools perform in the afternoon.

Portsmouth Philharmonia is Thursday night’s show. On Friday night Opera Comique will perform sing-along Gilbert and Sullivan.

The event closes with Last Night of the Proms on Saturday. To book tickets go to

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