Portsmouth High School’s music scholars and leavers stunned audiences with a concert held at The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth.
The girls, aged from 11 to 18 performed to an audience of governors, parents and staff within the intimate, historic setting.
The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth, was built in 1494 during the reign of Henry VII and was the residence of the military governor. During the English Civil War 1642-1649 the Square Tower was used as an arsenal and contained large amounts of gunpowder and munitions.
As the sun went down in Old Portsmouth, the girls performed in candlelight within this unique setting, playing and singing pieces from Ella Henderson to Mozart.
Sophie Stevens, 18, who sang, Mama Who Bore Me from Spring Awakening by Duncan Sheik, said:
‘This concert was the pinnacle of my time performing at Portsmouth High School. The atmosphere of the Square Tower and the support of the enthusiastic audience made the evening very special.’
‘It was a perfect evening. The quality of music over the whole age range was outstanding,’ said Mr George Tinsley, Director of Music. ‘It was particularly rewarding to hear such polished performances from the younger girls who are leaders of the future.
As for the departing Sixth Formers, they maintained their usual high standards with great attention to detail but also finished the evening with humour and style performing Big Spender. Certainly an evening I will always remember.’
One audience member added:
‘It was a great honour to be part of a select audience in such a beautiful, historic, building. I was proud to watch friends and girls from other years perform so beautifully.’
To see a short video of Cantabile performing Big Spender by Dorothy Fields and Cy Coleman, arr Nicholas Hare, please click here: