Youngsters make sure that Portsmouth Schools’ Music Festival ends on high note

SMART Portsmouth High School Senior Dance Group
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IT WAS the culmination of a four-day festival for students to celebrate all things musical.

And the final night of the Portsmouth Schools’ Music Festival did not fail to deliver the same high standard of performances.

The event, which took place in the Portsmouth Guildhall, saw pupils from 83 primary and secondary schools in the city unite and perform a combination of classic and modern music and dance.

Becky Hill, who helped organise the event, said: ‘It’s been an amazing four days.

‘On the final night we were almost at full capacity for the audience.

‘Everyone has been fantastic and full of energy.

‘We’ve all had tremendous fun and have celebrated music for four nights in one place.

‘I would like to thank all the children for their hard effort and work and friends and families, who came out to support the festival.’

Portsmouth College Choir started proceedings and sang The Show Must Go On, by Queen, and then Lose Yourself, by Eminem.

Then the crowd was treated to dance routines thanks to the Portsmouth College Dancers before an infant school choir took to the stage.

After the interval Portsmouth High School Senior Dancers took to the stage.

The night was finished off with a performance by a junior school choir made up of six schools.

Parent Justin Pannell, 37, of Lonsdale Avenue, Cosham, had been out to support daughter Megan, seven.

Megan, who goes to Court Lane Junior School, performed in the junior school choir.

Mr Pannell said: ‘It’s been a really good evening and it’s nice to see all the children perform on stage.

‘You can see on their faces that they are all enjoying themselves.’