The concert was given by performers who had all previously taken part in the festival for many years, and then gone on to forge careers in the performing arts.
The concert opened with two pieces played by the Havant Clarinet and Saxophone Choir directed by Gemma Billington, reflecting the Jazz style for which they are well known. Louise Dearsley then gave a very moving performance of Elégie by Fauré, a quiet sombre piece with an intense middle section. Louise graduated from the Royal College of Music in London, and now works freelance in West End shows, touring opera, and has made numerous recordings and TV appearances. Ciara O'Connor, soprano, wowed the audience with her rendering of the Bach-Gounod Ave Maria. Ciara spoke about the way her experiences with the festival had encouraged her to pursue a singing career. She first appeared in the festival at the age of 6 in her junior school choir. As she grew older she entered as a solo singer and found the adjudicators very encouraging. The excellent St John's College Choir finished the first half of the concert with pieces by Elgar, Vaughan-Williams and Bruckner. The Choir has taken part in the festival for several years, becoming popular performers both in the UK and abroad. Julia Burgess and the Acting Up drama group presented a scene from The Sound of Music. Julia took part in several sections of the festival from the age of 3 to 16 when she went on to study music theatre. She is now the director of Acting Up. Karen Kingsley, a long time supporter of the festival, performed two solo piano compositions by Erik Satie. She was then joined by Catherine Lawlor (violin) and Louise Dearsley (cello), playing a Beethoven Piano Trio to great acclaim.Karen has given many recitals throughout the country, both as a soloist and in chamber groups. Catherine first entered the festival in 1997 and was awarded the Porstmouth Festivities Recital Prize in 2008. Having gained a Masters degree at the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York, she is now a freelance musician both in the UK and New York.
At the end of the concert Mrs Flick Drummond opened the 2017 Portsmouth Music Festival. She congratulated the performers, both for their performances, and on their successful music careers. She also thanked the organisers of the festival for their efforts in providing an opportunity for the young, and not so young, musicians, dancers and other performers to demonstrate their skills to professional adjudicators and to the public.
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