Every year between February and April over 4000 instrumentalists, actors, singers and dancers flock to Portsmouth to take part in the Portsmouth Music Festival. Founded during World War I to improve the quality of life for the residents of Portsmouth city, the festival has grown from strength to strength since 1917. Since these humble beginnings the festival has been driven by the voluntary dedication of passionate individuals dedicated to preserving this history and providing valuable opportunities to
developing performers of all ages. It remains a registered charity to this day.
This year sees Portsmouth’s 80th Music Festival, which is being celebrated by holding it’s closing ‘Gala Concert’ at The King’s Theatre, Southsea, to showcase the impressive and exciting variety of the participating performers. “The standard of performers in this years’ festival has been spectacular” says DiElle, Head of Vocal, “and the programme for the Gala Concert is really exciting – from Shakespeare to singer-songwriters!”.
The Gala Concert includes performances from Bosmere Choir, St. John’s Chapel Choir, singer-songwriter Matt Benham, Ditcham Park School Concert Band, rock band Appollotone, The Smith Brothers saxophone trio, and much more drama, dance and music.
For the finale item, this diverse company of performers are joining together to perform the Take That hit ‘Rule The World’ as a one off unique collection of musicians!
The Portsmouth Music Festival Committee are raising money for their brand new fund to provide bursaries for young people pursuing further or specialist education in performing arts. “We hope to assist young people studying performing arts by providing some money towards books and materials” says Gwenda Dearsley, Chairman. Proceeds from ticket sales, and a collection at the Gala Concert will go towards providing these grants. Information about how to apply for grants will be on the festival website after the event www.portsmouthmusicfestival.co.uk Tickets for the Gala Concert are available from the King’s Theatre Box Office on 023 9282 8282