Welcome to the Portsmouth Music Festival

Do not miss this year’s Ports Fest! They have events on every day from 2nd -. 4th July. Find out more on their website www.portsfest.co.uk

A message from the Chair

Portsmouth Music Festival 2022

We are currently planning the 2022 Festival. Printed copies of our syllabus will be available and it will be published on the website in early September. We will be delighted to receive entries from that date.


We are in urgent need of volunteers for a number of roles. The Festival is at a critical stage and we cannot guarantee that we will be able to continue running all sections after 2022 if more help is not forthcoming. If you, or someone you know, is interested in helping and ensuring that the Festival continues to run please contact us using the form on the website. Thank you.

Arne Brattland

It is with great sadness that I have to announce that Arne Brattland, our  Guitar Section Head, passed away in the early hours of 30th December 2020.

Arne was born in Norway and studied classical guitar at the Norwegian State Academy of Music.  Later he studied in London and in 1988 he had a very successful debut at the Wigmore Hall.  Arne toured many countries as a performer and several prominent Norwegian composers wrote works especially for him.  He made numerous recordings and was a member of ensembles such as the Arctic Guitar Trio, the Adamson-Brattland Duo and guitar trio with his wife Debbie and Ray Burley.

Arne was an inspiring teacher and he encouraged all musicians to enjoy performing.  Many of his pupils took part in Portsmouth Music Festival.

Arne will be sorely missed by all of us involved with Portsmouth Music Festival.  We all have very fond memories of him; his enthusiasm for the Guitar Section and his calm and thoughtful manner will always be greatly appreciated by those who worked with him.

Our thoughts are with his wife Debbie, daughter Heidi and the rest of his family at this sad time.

(The peaceful picture in this post was taken at sunrise on the 30th December by one of the PMF committee. It seems appropriate to use this picture in the post.)

2021 Music, Speech and Drama Festival cancellation

Dear Performers, Teachers, Parents and Friends,

It is with sadness that I have to announce the cancellation of all music sections and the Speech and Drama Section of the 2021 Festival due to the current circumstances relating to the pandemic.  At present, we are investigating if it is feasible that the Dance Section be postponed and held at a later date in the year.  This will depend on the availability of an adjudicator and a venue. All members of the committee are very disappointed that there will be only one event this year but they are already working hard to plan the Festival for 2022.  All our Section Heads are looking forward to receiving your entries in the autumn and I am sure that there will be some fantastic performances next year!

As promised, entrants will receive a full refund and our Treasurer is already working hard to ensure the payments are made. 

Thank you for your support and understanding.  Take care and stay safe.

Best wishes,

Sandra Lawlor
Chair of Portsmouth Music Festival Committee

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 when COVID-19 guidelines allow.  More details will be published when we have them.

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 when COVID-19 guidelines allow.  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