A NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Children and young people were at the Church of the Resurrection on Monday (17 December) to celebrate the festive season and to mark the end of another year of music-making with Portsmouth Music Hub with a Christmas concert.

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Each week, during term-time, Portsmouth Music Hub offers children with a passion for singing and for playing a musical instrument the opportunity to receive expert guidance from the Hub's team of music teachers. The children and young people work together, developing musical skills, confidence and a passion for music in a secure and sociable environment.

The young members of the Music Hub's many ensemble groups performed for a proud audience of family members. It was a night to celebrate young talent and with performances from the Hub's wind bands, the orchestra and choirs, and the audience enjoyed a festive programme of music including Holly Jolly Christmas, Sleigh Ride and the Theme from the Muppet Show; so, not quite a Christmas tune but close enough!

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Sue Beckett, CEO of Portsmouth Music Hub, said: "The Christmas concert has been a celebration of all the incredible work that the children and young people have undertaken throughout the past year. It's a chance for them to show their families the amazing progress that's been made, and to gain experience in performing live to a friendly audience. Our ensembles continue to make a real difference to the confidence and the abilities of the young people who work so hard and achieve so much."