Portsmouth Cathedral hosted Portsmouth High School’s Gala Concert last night culminating in the spectacular Rough Seas written for Portsmouth High School using electronically manipulated sound recordings taken from workshops at the school, combined with a live performance by the school’s choirs, orchestra and soloists. The piece was inspired by the sea surrounding Portsmouth.
‘I was delighted with the performance of my piece,’ said composer, Litha Efthymiou, who was amongst the packed audience. ‘It was performed with great energy and gusto and the girls and staff achieved great results.’
An audience of over three hundred including the Mayors of Fareham, Gosport and Havant and the Deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, filled Portsmouth Cathedral.
‘I was blown away by a fantastic evening,’ said Councillor David Horne, Deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth. ‘The girls’ talent has no bounds. The background noise of water was tremendous.’
A combined choir of over 150 performers simulated the sound of the ebb and flow of the sea by dripping water from their hands during the piece Rough Seas by Litha, who studied composition with composer Stephen Montague. The concert also included works ranging from Haydn to Piazzolla and a new composition, For the Fallen, by music scholar Louise Cohman-Mark, based on the poem by Laurence Binyon.
Canon Peter Leonard, one of the Governors at Portsmouth High School, added: ‘The performances were stunning and it was a tremendous privilege to be in the Cathedral audience for a world premiere.’