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Musician Case Studies

Georgie Johnson

Georgie Johnson’s love of music started in Year 1, when she began to learn the recorder, which swiftly lead to learning the flute in Year 2. In Year 5 she began the saxophone, which introduced her to jazz.

Progressing through the grades as a music scholar from Year 7, Georgie went on to achieve Grade 8 in both saxophone and flute. She is currently working towards a diploma in saxophone. She is teaching herself the guitar and is a keen festival goer.

Georgie is a regular member of the Flute Choir and her church worship group and performs at weddings. She plays saxophone in the Chichester Music Centre Swing Band and also at parties. Georgie has had a number of successes  at the Portsmouth and Fareham Music Festivals. After her Music GCSE, her interest in music motivated her to consider “Is music a better therapy than drugs for the treatment of dementia?” for her EPQ. Georgie is looking forward to joining bands at university whilst studying biomedical sciences.

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Jia Feng

Jia has played the violin and piano since age four and six, respectively.  She has achieved her Grade 8 violin certificate and is currently working on her Grade 8 piano.

Jia 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 master class with Levon Chilingirian.

Jia was a featured soloist on the school’s music tours to Belgium and Italy. She has also been a member of Hampshire County Youth Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra since 2016 and a member of the Hampshire String Quartet since 2017. Jia has been to Germany and the Czech Republic with the orchestra. Last year, in November, Jia went to Germany to perform Mozart’s Requiem with the Chamber Orchestra and a German choir.

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Rebecca Allday

Rebecca started playing classical guitar aged 7 and has studied since that time with Alexander Levtov at the Regis School of Music. She completed Grade 8 in 2015.

Since joining Portsmouth High School in Year 11 she has been a member of Senior Choir and has participated in concerts with both Cantabile and Senior Choir, most recently in the Chichester Gala Concert for Armistice Day.

Rebecca competes regularly in music festivals and has gained numerous solo and ensemble awards at the annual Chichester Festival for Music, Drama and Speech and the West Sussex Guitar Festival. She played as one of the soloists during the school trip to Budapest last July. In November Rebecca achieved the ATCL (Associate of Trinity College London) Performance Diploma.  Though not planning to pursue a career in music she hopes to find opportunities to continue playing at university.

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Millie Ansell

Since joining Portsmouth High School in Year 7 Millie Ansell has been involved with the musical life of the school, making her musical debut with Year 7 choir, singing Lovely Day by Bill Withers at the birthday service.

Millie began voice lessons at the age of eleven and since then has progressed to her forthcoming Grade 8 ABRSM examination. She has performed at many concerts either as a soloist or with a choir and has enjoyed every moment.  Her highlight was playing The Wardrobe, a larger than life opera singer, in Beauty and the Beast.

Millie has performed for years at the Portsmouth Music Festival and won many prizes, as well as winning the Lawlor Music Cup for services to music at Portsmouth High School. Outside of her voice lessons she has developed her love of music through becoming a chorister at Portsmouth Cathedral. During her time there, she has performed at many prestigious venues such as Lambeth Palace, Westminster Abbey and the commissioning of the Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier. Earlier this year, Millie was installed as Head Chorister of Portsmouth Cathedral Cantate Choir.

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