Saturday, 29 June 2013

Portsmouth Festivities 2013: Ahoy!

by Tilly Bell

On Monday 24th June, in a spectacular concert at the Portsmouth Guildhall, many different choirs from the Portsmouth sang music composed by Alexander L'Estrange, commissioned to write a piece celebrating the Mary Rose and the City of Portsmouth: Ahoy!

As well as lots of children's choirs from schools across the city, there were various adult choirs such as the PGS Community Choir and the Festival Choir (Mr Gladstone had a job of keeping everyone together!) Practising was difficult, as we had to perform without librettos, but in the end it led up to a marvellous evening, hosted by Hugh Dennis.

It was the most exhilarating thing I have ever done, performing live at the Guildhall with 10,000 people watching 450 people perform Ahoy! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I would love to do something like that again.

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