Young musicians at Portsmouth High Junior School had the chance to shine last week in the Junior Young Musician of the Year competition.
Girls competed throughout the week for a place in the final on Friday to an audience of pupils and staff. There were a range of cups on offer including String, Woodwind, Voice, Ensemble and Piano. Percussion, composition and brass awards were also part of the competition.
Congratulations to Eleanor from Year 6 who won the Young Musician of the Year (for Years 5 and 6) for her voice entry and to Hope Esmé and Amelie who were runners-up. The Junior Young Musician Award (for Years 3 and 4) went to Olivia for her moving piece on the violin. Runner-up Hope Esmé said ‘I wanted to take part in the competition because there are lots of great musicians in the school. I play the piano and glockenspiel and sing as well. I like music because it has a very calming effect and I hope to carry on with it when I get to the Senior School’.
This year’s judge was Mr Nick Coles, Deputy Manager for Portsmouth Guildhall who has been involved in the music industry for over 20 years. Mr Coles said ‘I have been amazed this afternoon by the high standard of all the finalists. The girls got up and performed with great confidence and poise. I can see them going far and performing at the Guildhall and even the West End in years to come. It will be fascinating to follow their progress’.
Director of Music at Portsmouth High Junior School, Mrs Becky Hill, said ‘The Young Musician Competition is a traditional part of the music calendar and it is an important celebration of creating music in the school. This year we had over 70 entries and the standard gets better each year. It has been such a positive experience for the girls and they have all supported each other throughout the competition. I am so proud of everyone who entered’.