A message from the Chair

A Message from the Chair

Welcome to the 2024 Portsmouth Music Festival. Once again, we are looking forward to enjoying an exciting programme of performances from our entrants, be that in instrumental music, dancing, speech or drama.

The Festival continues to go from strength to strength as a performance platform for anyone and everyone with an interest in the performing arts and is a unique showcase for local talent, particularly so amongst our young people. The Festival is very much a community event and its success is entirely dependent on its participants, their teachers, schools and families. Thank you also to our wonderful team of committed volunteers and helpers who give of their time so selflessly in order to make the Festival happen.

Finally, we extend a special welcome to a great team of adjudicators who come to share their skills and expertise with us. The opportunity for performers to receive positive professional feedback from leading experts is very much valued and can make all the difference.

As always, the Festival is proud to be offering a number of special opportunities for performers in collaboration with our sponsors. These include the Ports Fest Recital Prize, the Solent Symphony Orchestra Concerto Award, and an opportunity for two young musicians to be sponsored to attend the European Youth Summer Music Festival (an award made jointly by the Festival and the Milton Glee Choir).

If you would like to make any suggestions for the further development and improvement of the Festival and/or if you would like to help us by volunteering, please do not hesitate to get in touch.   

I would like to wish all of those taking part in the 2024 Festival every success and I hope that you find the experience valuable and enjoyable.

Andrew McVittie

Chair of Portsmouth Music Festival

Andrew McVittie

Chair of Portsmouth Music Festival Committee