Welcome to the Portsmouth Music Festival

A Message from the Chair

Dear Performers, Teachers, Parents and Friends,

Welcome to the 2020 Portsmouth Music Festival!  I am certain that, as in previous years, there will be a huge variety of exciting performances in all sections for everyone to enjoy and I would like to thank all of you for your wonderful support of this community event.

We extend a special welcome to a great team of adjudicators who come to share their skills and expertise with us; their advice and encouragement to the performers is always of great value.

On a sad note, we were sorry to hear that Jim Newman passed away a few months ago and our thoughts are with his family at this time.  Jim was very much involved with the Festival for a number of years.  Some of you may have already read his obituary on our website under the blog icon in the website banner.

I would like to wish all those taking part in the 2020 Festival every success.  I hope that you find the experience valuable and enjoyable.

Best wishes,

Sandra Lawlor
Chair of Portsmouth Music Festival Committee


All entries for the 2020 have now closed

2021 entries open in September 2020
when you will be able to enter online again!


Each Spring, performers from different art disciplines, showcase their talents in front of an adjudicator.  

Every year we offer Special Opportunities and those chosen are invited to take part in the events which are designed to develop musicianship, performance skills and to widen experience.

The Portsmouth Music Festival also have “Club 90“.  Club 90 are performers who have excelled in their performance by achieving Honours. Congratulations to all of them.  They are all an inspiration everyone taking part in the festival.

More details on the Portsmouth Music Festival, including a message from our Chair, can be found under About,  which is located on the menu banner.


Our winners from 2019!

Sophie Osborne was the winner of the Portsmouth Festivities Recital Prize.  Sophie performed Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No.2, 1st movement.  Sophie’s recital will be held on 20 June 2020.  More details will be published soon.

Thomas Luke won the Solent Symphony Orchestra Concerto Prize and he performed Prelude in G Minor Op. 23, No.5 by Rachmaninov.  Thomas’ Concerto, Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, will be performed with the Solent Symphony Orchestra in October 2020.  Details will be published when we have them.

Thomas Nash was awarded the Portsmouth Music Festival Chairman’s Cup.  Thomas played Sons De Carilhoes by Joao Pernambuco.

Sophie Osborne
Thomas Luke
Thomas Nash