A message from the Chair

Festival 2022

Dear Performers, Teachers, Parents and Friends,

We are delighted to announce that we will running the Festival in 2022 and offering a wide range of classes in all sections.

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

Rachael Osborne has resigned her role as Media and Communications Co-ordinator.  We offer her our sincere thanks for all her hard work in updating the website.  Jo Crane has resigned as Secretary to the Friends; we are grateful to her for her contribution to the work of the Festival and to Carol Frogley who has agreed to take on the role in addition to running the Piano Section.

As many of you will know, Arne Brattland, our Guitar Section Head, passed away at the end of December last year.  He will be greatly missed.  His wife, Debbie, has taken on the role of Guitar Section Head; we are very grateful to her and welcome her to the committee.  Our Gala Concert in 2022 will be dedicated to Arne and further details will be published on the website and in the programme in January.

The Festival is entering a critical period.  We are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit volunteers and there are a number of vacancies on the committee.  In addition, some committee members are planning to retire in the near future.  If we are not successful in filling the vacancies there will be, at best, fewer sections running or, at worst, no Portsmouth Music Festival!  If you can spare some time and you want to help to secure the future of the Festival, please get in touch with us using the contact form on the website.  Alternatively, you are very welcome to talk to any committee member at Festival events. 

It will be lovely to see you all again at the Festival.  We were very sorry not to be able to run any events in 2021 but we are very pleased that performances will be happening in 2022.

Thank you for your support.

Kind regards,

Sandra Lawlor

Chair of Portsmouth Music Festival Committee