Final event brings successful music festival to close

MUSIC MAKERS Cellist Ghislaine McMullin
MUSIC MAKERS Cellist Ghislaine McMullin
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A CELEBRATION of the region’s finest cultural talent closed another successful year of the Portsmouth Music Festival.

From musicians to dancers and actors, all participants took a final bow as the city’s annual two-month festival drew to a close.

Imy Luc on piano played at the closing concert.

Imy Luc on piano played at the closing concert.

Alongside sections for rock, brass and classical, a new contemporary vocals category was added this year.

Overall hundreds of talented people, across all ages, made sure they were heard at the festival.

The final concert was held at the Menuhin Room, in Portsmouth’s central library.

Audiences were treated to a host of performances and prizes were handed out for The Portsmouth Festivities Recital prize and the Solent Symphony Orchestra Concerto Award.

Imy Luc, of Chichester, had captured the heart of the adjudicator in the piano section.

The 16-year-old was joint winner of the Zurich insurance trophy for best performance when she played Toccata, by Poulenc.

She was named winner of the Recital Prize and will be given the opportunity to perform at next year’s Portsmouth Festivities.

Imy said: ‘I was surprised to have won but I’m happy.

‘I have been playing the piano since I was six years old and love it.

‘I’m excited to be performing at Portsmouth Festivities next year too.

‘It will be a challenge, but it’s something I’m looking forward to.’

The winner of the Solent Symphony Orchestra Concerto Award was Ghislaine McMullin, who travelled from Oxford to take part in the festival each year.

Ghislaine, 17, who plays the cello and double bass, said: ‘The festival has been fantastic – it’s great.

‘I’m pleased I won as I love playing the cello.

‘The instrument calls out to me because you can play a variety of styles.’

Chairman of the festival Gwenda Dearsley said: ‘The whole programme went extremely well.

‘There were some stunning performances at the final concert, which was representative of the whole festival.

‘Every section had really good players and we were pleased with the amount of support our new contemporary vocals got.’

She added: ‘We’re already looking forward and starting to plan next year’s music festival.’