Congratulating the young string players, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Education, Councillor Peter Edgar, said: “Our area ensembles are always a treat to listen to. It’s great when we see their hard work rewarded with the recognition they deserve. Petersfield Area Schools String Orchestra is a committed group of young musicians, who turned up early to the festival to allow extra time for rehearsing. Well done to all the musicians, and to the tutors and staff at Hampshire Music Service who supported them.”
The orchestra’s winning performance included a selection of pieces by Haydn, Bach and Knight. Adjudicator Lorraine Deacon called the performance “atmospheric”, and summed up her commentary by saying “a most enjoyable programme, full of technical and musical challenges.”
The Portsmouth Music Festival, held every year across a number of Portsmouth venues, includes competitions for adults and children in a variety of musical and dramatic disciplines.
The string events, including the Youth Orchestra Cup, were held at Crookhorn College, in Waterlooville, on Sunday 12 February.
Petersfield Area Schools String Orchestra includes 25 young string players between the ages of 8 and 16 from the Petersfield area, and is conducted by Peter Thompson. It is one of many ensembles across Hampshire, run by Hampshire Music Service, which enable young musicians to play together and experience performances. To find out about the ensembles, including those that are looking for new members, visit www.hants.gov.uk/hms-ensembles. You can also follow @hantsmusichub on Twitter for updates.