A Message from the ChairmanDear Performers, Teachers and Supporters,
2017 is 100 years since the first Portsmouth Music Festival in 1917, so we hope to make this year's Festival a very special one! For a start, to encourage everyone to enter as many classes as possible, we have not made any price increases this year. There is also a class in most sections where entrants are asked to perform a work written in 1910 - 1917. Another celebratory event will be the Centenary Concert at Portsmouth High School on Sunday February 5th in which some of our most successful performers from 1970 to 2010 will be taking part. We will be using two new venues this year, both in the city centre. Portsmouth High School will host the Piano Section; the Guitar and Vocal Sections will take place in the Minghella Studio at the New Theatre Royal. I am sure that we will be made very welcome in both establishments. We were sad to lose Mrs Bridget Bartholomew from the committee at the end of the Festival year and we thank her for the time she has spent running the Brass Section. We are actively looking for a new Head of Section for Brass (do you know anyone who might be interested?) but Mrs Sandra Lawlor will be looking after it until we find someone. Even if you are unable to commit to running a section, we would still welcome any time you could give to helping at the Festival itself. If you would be willing to be a steward for one or more sessions, please contact Mrs Sandra Lawlor (email@example.com). I look forward to seeing you all at what promises to be a really exciting concert at the High School on Sunday 5th February.
With best wishes to you all,
Chair of Portsmouth Music Festival