A Message from the Chair

Dear Performers, Teachers, Parents and Friends,

Welcome to the 2021 Portsmouth Music Festival Syllabus.  I hope that you are all safe and well in these difficult times.

We were disappointed to have to cancel our 2020 Gala Concert but fortunate that all our sections, except the adult choral day, were able to run as planned. 

For a number of months opportunities in the performing arts have been very much reduced.  The Portsmouth Music Festival Committee has been considering the form (if any) the event could take.  After gathering information from a range of sources, we have decided that we would like to run a live festival in 2021.  This is, of course, dependent upon the circumstances in which we may find ourselves in February and March and things may change in subsequent months but, at present, we believe a live event will be possible. 

The safety and well-being of all those involved with Portsmouth Music Festival is our main priority.  A full risk assessment will be completed and we will ensure that all safety measures are implemented.

Various solo classes are on offer.  Details can be found in the syllabus.  Unfortunately, there will be no duet or ensemble classes this year.  This is to enable us to maintain social distancing in the performance space.

If, for any reason, we have to cancel an event, performers will receive a full refund of the entry fee.

Programmes will be available to download from the website later in the year.

We hope that you will enter the Festival for 2021 and that you enjoy performing at a live event once again.

On our website you can view and download information about the Festival, including the Syllabus and the entry forms, as well as submitting entries (Music and Speech & Drama sections only) and paying for them online. 

Jane Elms and her team have resigned as Section Heads of Brass, as has Deborah Gatland as joint Head of Strings.  Jackie Mumford, who has been Head of Choral Section for sixteen years, has also resigned.  We offer them our sincere thanks for all their hard work and wish them the best for the future.  I am delighted to welcome James Smith as Head of Brass and grateful to Catherine Ward who will continue running the String Section.

I look forward to seeing you at the Festival.

Best wishes,

Sandra Lawlor
Chair of Portsmouth Music Festival Committee