Soundsational Performances

Young performers took to the Guildhall stage on Wednesday 15 March for a night of music and entertainment. Soundsational, produced by Portsmouth Music Hub, brought together singers, dancers and musicians, aged from 11 to 18, from eight local Schools, Colleges and Academies.

There was an exciting range of acts on offer for the hundreds of families and members of public who filled the Guildhall for an evening of cabaret-style entertainment.

Portsmouth Music Hub's own Rock Band 'The Warriors' electrified the audience with Jamiroquai's Virtual Insanity, and showcased one of their own compositions Invisible. Musical Theatre students from South Downs College performed an excerpt from Leonard Bernstein's West Wide Story, followed by Another Op'nin', Another Show from Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate.

The evening included performances from Highbury College, Charter Academy, Portsmouth College, Admiral Lord Nelson School, Springfield School and Portsmouth College. Trafalgar School student's performed songs from their forthcoming production of Cinderella and St. Edmunds Catholic School Band played the theme from Star Wars and Rock Around the Clock.

The concert came to an end with more than 200 students filling the stage for a Massed Choir performance of Toto's Africa, and When I Grow Up from the West-End hit musical Matilda.

Catherine Brentnall, from Portsmouth Music Hub, who produced the show said: "Soundsational has been a great opportunity for young people to showcase their talent at one of the biggest venues in Portsmouth. The performances were incredibly professional and it was impossible not to be caught up with the enthusiasm of all the young performers on stage. Soundsational is produced every year, and it's a fantastic chance for schools to work alongside each other and share a common passion for music, dance and high quality performance."