The PGS Christmas Concert and Wassail

by Oscar Mellers

On Friday, we had another successful evening in St. Thomas’ Cathedral in Old Portsmouth as The Portsmouth Grammar School showcased musical performers from across the school. The cathedral was packed with excited parents, guardians, teachers and The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Lee Mason.

The programme was as follows:

The Senior Orchestra, directed by Nick Ingamells
PGS Brass, directed by Graham Brown
Close Harmony, directed by John Cotton
The Concert Band, directed by Sarah Heath

Then, after the interval, we were treated to Years Seven and Five, the Chamber Choir, Community Choir and Middle School Singers, singing, ‘Wassail!’ directed by Gareth Hemmings and accompanied by composer Alexander L’Estrange and his band.

Parents and carers were astounded by the incredible performances given in the concert. Anna Mellers, Year Seven parent said, “A full and varied evening, thoroughly enjoyed by all of us.” All children worked incredibly hard and all enjoyed it.

We would all like to thank Mr Cotton, Miss Heath and Mr Charles for coaching Year Seven and Mr Webber, Mrs Nash and Mrs Reader for coaching Year Five. We are grateful to Alexander L’Estrange and his band for being with us on the night and to Graham Brown and Nick Ingamells for conducting the Senior Orchestra and the Brass Brand respectively. Furthermore, we are thankful to the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth for attending and to the Portsmouth Cathedral for letting us use their wonderful venue. It was a memorable musical evening.