Music at Portsmouth High School through lockdown and beyond | Portsmouth High School

Music at Portsmouth High School through lockdown and beyond

Portsmouth High School has been able to bring music to a huge number of people over the last year.

Looking on the positive side of lockdowns and current restrictions, the school has been able to bring music to people who would otherwise not have heard the pupils perform.  Since April 2020, the school has streamed three concerts, the school’s carol service, and numerous other events, including last year’s House Music Competition, which was judged by West End star Laura Pick, and has been viewed over 760 times on YouTube.  February’s Gala Concert was enjoyed by thousands of viewers, and the school’s musical Advent Calendar, still online, has had over 11,300 views.

The school’s most recent streamed event was the prestigious Scholars and Leavers Concert, which was shown to the entire school and external family members on Tuesday 27 April. Under normal circumstances, it is performed live to family and friends, however this year, online,  it was enjoyed by the entire senior school as pupils performed live from the hall.

The school heard works ranging from sophisticated sonatas to swinging piano solos to well-loved show tunes.  One Year 7 spectator enthused, ‘I liked Holly’s song, How Far I’ll Go.  I never knew it was an ‘I want’ song’.  Another favourite was Martha’s heartfelt song from Waitress.  The concert ended with a group performance from Cantabile, the school’s elite advanced singing group.

Various concerts have been shared with local care homes and the Year 7’s annual Christmas singing at QA hospital was broadcast in the foyer of QA during the Christmas season.

‘We hope that our future concerts will be performed live in front of an audience,’ said Mr George Tinsley, Director of Music.  ‘In the meantime, it has been a wonderful learning experience to create musical events virtually.’

The Scholars and Leavers Concert is available here