|PORTSMOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL
incorporating Speech, Drama, and Dance
Affiliated to The British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Drama, and Speech
A Message from the Chairman
Dear Performers, Teachers, Parents and Friends
The 2015 Syllabus is as exciting and forward-looking as ever and I'm sure you will find many classes that you want to enter. Having held our entry fees at the same level for three years in a row, we have felt it necessary to make a small increase this year in order to be able to maintain our high standards but please don't let this put you off!
Our main innovation this year is a class running in most instrumental sections for class ensembles. We are aware that learning an instrument in a whole class setting is how many young people are first introduced to musical performance and we would love to welcome such classes into the Festival. There have been few changes to the committee this year.
We have finally found a replacement for John Gleadall to run the Rock and Pop Section and look forward to welcoming Claire Blundell onto the committee. We are also very pleased to have Sarah Spender who is helping Nick Granger-Brown with sponsorship and advertising. Jennie Flatman has resigned from the committee due to work and family pressures but she will still be involved on the day and the administration of the Recorder Section will be covered within the Woodwind Section. Our secretary Holly Dorkings has moved out of the area and her role has been taken over by Penny Arthur.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Opening Concert in the Harlequin Room at the Guildhall on Sunday January 25th at 3.00 pm.
Gwenda DearsleyChair of Portsmouth Music Festival