A Message from the Chairman
Dear 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 (sandra_lawlor@yahoo.co.uk). 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
Sunday 5th February (3.00pm) at Portsmouth High School, Southsea - the opening event for this year will include performers from past festivals who have gone on to forge successful careers in the performing arts.
Tickets: 5.00 / concessions 4.00
available from Ms Penny Arthur, 23b Florence Road, SOUTHSEA, PO5 2ND.
Please make cheques payable to Portsmouth Music Festival and enclose SAE or pick up tickets at the door
Sunday 2nd April (7.00pm) at The Kings Theatre, Southsea - the final event for this year will include the selection of the winners of the Portsmouth Festivities Recital Prize 2017 and the Solent Symphony Orchestra Concerto Award 2017
Money raised at this concert will help fund young people involved in the festival who are about to embark on further education courses in the performing arts.
Tickets: 12.00 & 8.00 / OAPs 8.00 & 6.00 / children 7.00 & 5.00
available from The Kings Theatre 023 9282 8282 www.kings-southsea.com