Romsey Festival will again provide a showcase for some of the town’s most talented young musicians during the first two weeks of July.
A highlight will be the Schools Choir Festival on Tuesday 4th July, with local schools in concert in Romsey Abbey, coordinated by Roger Kitsell. This event was first held during the 2014 Romsey Festival, and has now become an established part of the annual Music In Romsey calendar, and a firm fixture for the Festival. It will also form part of the first Romsey Festival of Youth Music, coordinated by Stuart Marchant from Mountbatten Community School, which will also include workshops for young singers and musicians between 25th June and 8th July.
The many other events featuring young singers and musicians include some of the free lunchtime recitals to be held nearly every weekday in Romsey Abbey or the Abbey United Reformed Church. Individual recitals will be given by singer Simon Grant, guitarist Nina Rideout, flautist Genna Gover, viola player Rachel Maxey, and violinist Ellebeth Little – all talented young musicians from the Romsey area. The lunchtime recitals will also include a rendition of Peter & The Wolf especially for children on Tuesday 4th July.
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary since the first Festival in 1987, President Pam Gale is hosting a special concert at the Lantern Theatre on Wednesday 5th July when performers will include more talented young people from the area. Young musicians will also be providing some of the entertainment at the Mayor’s Picnic on Sunday 2nd July in the War Memorial Park.
The Eusebius Quartet is a group of four young string players who will perform at Braishfield Church Hall on Saturday 8th July. Meanwhile Springfield Music’s young pupils will have a chance to display their talents on the piano in the Abbey United Reformed Church on Sunday 9th July. The same evening the Michelmersh Silver Band’s concert at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens will feature a number of young musicians in this popular ensemble.
The young talent will also extend to poetry, with the best entrants in the Poetry For Pleasure competition reciting their prize-winning entries in a presentation in the Abbey United Reformed Church on Wednesday 12th July.
The young singers of the Romsey Abbey Choirs will be providing the music for some of the weekday choral evensongs during the Festival, and then taking a key part in two of the final events – a joint concert with the Romsey Singers on Friday 14th July, and a leading part in the Festival Closing Service on Sunday 16th July.
The Festival promises to be a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the depth of young talent within our local community. Information about all events, including tickets where appropriate, can be found on www.romseyfestival.org.