A Message from the Chairman

Dear Performers, Teachers, Parents and Friends,
Welcome to the 2019 Portsmouth Music Festival Syllabus. The range and variety of classes on offer is as wide and exciting as ever and I'm sure you will find some new ideas to pursue as well as all your old favourites. There are some price rises, mainly due to increased running costs.
Angela Kinsey has resigned as Section Head for Strings after many years in the role. We offer her our sincere thanks for all her hard work and wish her all the best for the future. I am delighted to welcome Deborah Gatland and Catherine Ward who will be taking over the management of the Strings Section this year.
We have decided that the Gala Concert will take place at Park Community School again this year as the venue worked well for the event in 2018. We have a new Data Protection Policy and Privacy Notice informing all those involved with the Festival how their data is used. Please read these pages carefully.
The Festival only takes place each year because of the work of the committee who are all unpaid volunteers. A significant number of the members of this committee will be retiring from office in the not too distant future and, if we do not succeed in recruiting new members to take over the running of the Festival, it is extremely likely that some sections will not run or, worse, that the whole Festival will fold. I know that you all value the opportunities that the Festival offers and I am asking that you contact me as a matter of urgency if you can help in any way. We are not only looking for new committee members but we also need volunteers to help out on the days the sections run. If you join our team you will join an enthusiastic and supportive group of people who will be very welcoming.
Please contact me if you can help at 91cha_ir45'at'portsmouthmusicfestival.co.uk. Note: Replace 'at' with @
Best wishes,

Chair of Portsmouth Music Festival Committee