The Final, Gala, Concert for this year's festival was held on Sunday 2nd April at The Kings Theatre, Southsea, in the presence of Flick Drummond MP for Portsmouth South and The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor David Fuller .
What a wonderful show, the Portsmouth Music Festival Gala Concert at the Kings Theatre in Southsea.
From 10 year old pianist Michael whose fingers moved so fast in a piece by Kabalevsky, to 15 year old Evangeline who sang her own composition, accompanying herself so professionally on ukulele. There was a young string ensemble, a woodwind group, a rock band, such variety of musical styles, not to mention a children's choir with singers as young as four, and two dance groups of contrasting routines. The main purpose of the evening was to select a musician to give a recital in next year's Portsmouth Festivities and another to play a concerto with the Solent Symphony Orchestra. Up for these were clarinetist Aalfred Hillman, violinists Hanna SImojoki and Emma Paterson, singer Paige Brooker, cellist Alexander Smith and Ben Steggall on French horn. All performed so well, wonderfully accompanied by local pianist Valentina Seferinova, it cannot have been easy for the selection panel to make their decisions. Alexander Smith, 15, cello, SSO Concerto Award Aaelfred Hillman, 16, clarinet, Recital Award Joss Beedie, 11, recorder, Chairman's Cup. These were just a few representing the talent from so many participants in this year's six-week festival. The whole company came together for a grand finale with Abba's "Thank you for the Music" to round off this year's festival in its one hundredth year.