Portsmouth High School’s music scholars and leavers, aged from 11-18, who usually perform annually at The Square Tower in Old Portsmouth, took to the web last night in the school’s first ever live, online concert.
A delighted audience of governors, parents and staff were performed to in their own homes by an impressive array some of the school’s finest musicians who sang and played a range of music from Beethoven to Rachmaninoff and from Jazz to Broadway. The audience was broadcast on Microsoft Teams so the audience could send in messages of support throughout the event.
Director of Music at Portsmouth High School, Mr Tinsley said:
‘There was a palpable sense of community throughout the evening. Families sat together on their sofas at home listening, clapping, and sending in messages. Other guests cooked dinner with the concert playing in the background, radio-style. We had visitors from as far away as Zimbabwe joining us to hear their relatives perform. Some pupils were accompanied by their sister or father, while other family members adjusted lighting levels and camera angles. Because space was unlimited, far more people were able to hear the concert this year than ever before. Sharing such great talent and enthusiasm with a wider audience has certainly been a positive aspect of unusual circumstances. It will be wonderful to make music together again in the same room soon, but until then, great things are still happening at Portsmouth High School.’
‘I was really happy that Mr Tinsley managed to put on the concert online,’ said Jia, 17. ‘I was impressed by the standard of musicianship in the school. I’m sad to be leaving PHS but I’m equally excited to hopefully start my Geography degree at the University of Manchester. ‘
A Year 4 pupil, Harriet, added:
‘It was such a privilege to watch an amazing concert from home. I am so inspired by the girls at my school.’
Sit back and enjoy a recording of the concert: