Musician Case Studies
Portsmouth High School soloists who have recently performed at school concerts and events
Felicity is fifteen years old and a music scholar in Year 10.
Currently she is studying for grade VIII singing and grade IV piano; she also plays the guitar and drums. Her aim is to study music at one of the UK’s conservatoires and specialise in opera.
At PHS, she is a member of Harmony and the rock group and was a soloist on the tours to Belgium and Italy. Over the past two years Felicity has won numerous prizes in the Portsmouth Music Festival and sang in its 2016 Gala Concert, reached the Southern Final of Open Mic, was a Portsmouth Schools Music Festival winner and reached the final of Britain Does Variety. She performs at events such as charity concerts, village fairs, weddings, and on hospital radio. Felicity is also a member of Farnham Youth Choir which sang in St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican last year and this April sang in Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Jia in Year 10 has played the violin and piano since age four and six, respectively.
She is currently working on her Grade VIII on both instruments. She has
entered the Portsmouth Music Festival several times and won many awards including the Gordon Cawthorne Memorial Trophy.
In the summer of 2016, she was sponsored by Portsmouth Music Festival to attend the European Youth Summer Music School and was one of the four musicians invited to attend a strings masterclass with Levon Chilingirian. She was a featured soloist on the school’s music tours to Belgium and Italy.
Louisa has been playing the violin since the age of six and been singing for as long as she can remember.
Louisa’s performance career began by playing the recorder and violin in infant assemblies and soon progressed to performing out of school, including prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall in the Schools’ Prom.
Since joining Portsmouth High School Louisa has enjoyed being part of the school choir, Cantabile, orchestra and the string orchestra. She has taken part in two music tours to Salzburg and Sorrento, where she combined her love of music with the cultural and geographical aspects of the countries. Other musical highlights so far include singing with the bands Foreigner and The Drifters as part of their UK tours. In the video on this page, performed at the school’s Gala Concert, Louisa chose one of her favourite pieces of music and is looking forward to continuing her love of music at university whilst studying medicine.
Lucy started playing the guitar at the age of 4, under the guidance of Linda Kelsall-Barnett who has been teaching her ever since.
Lucy is currently working towards her grade VIII, which she hopes to take this term. Not only is Lucy a keen solo player, but she has also previously been part of the West Sussex Music Service youth guitar ensemble and the
National Youth Guitar Ensemble, rehearsing once a month at the Royal College of Music and taking part in events such as the World Youth Guitar Ensemble.
Lucy was also given the opportunity to perform the guitar on the recent music tour to Sorrento, which she thoroughly enjoyed. As well as guitar, Lucy has earned a grade V certificate in flute and grade VII in singing. She is a dedicated member of the school flute choir and Cantabile, which she loves due to her passion for making music with others. Lucy will greatly miss the music department at Portsmouth High and the opportunities which it has given her but hopes to continue her love of music at university.
Abi started playing the piano and violin from a young age.
Later she started singing and took her grade VIII last year. At Portsmouth High School she is a dedicated member of the Symphonic Orchestra and Cantabile and also loves taking part in the school musicals. Some of her musical highlights include singing Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man with Chichester University as part of their gala concert, and singing in French
outside the Louvre in Paris when she was in Year 7. She also loved having the opportunity to sing with The Drifters and Foreigner at the Guildhall and the London Apollo.
Abi represented Portsmouth High School in the vocal category of the GDST Young Musician of the Trust competition in London last year, where she enjoyed competing against and performing alongside such impressive musicians. Going on the music tour to Salzburg, where she performed Mozart in his home city and saw the locations where the Sound of Music was filmed, was her biggest musical highlight so far, and the music tour to Italy in October was another thoroughly enjoyable experience. She is sure that music will continue to play an important and special part of her life at university and beyond.