27 April 2022
Portsmouth High School’s music scholars, from Year 10-13, and sixth form leavers delighted an audience of their families and staff with a concert held at The Square Tower, Portsmouth.
The girls performed in candlelight within this unique and atmospheric setting, playing and singing pieces from John Rutter, Bach and Beethoven to songs from the musicals Waitress and Anastasia.
The Square Tower was built in 1494 during the reign of Henry VII and was the residence of the military governor. During the English Civil War 1642-1649 the Square Tower was used as an arsenal and contained large amounts of gunpowder and munitions.
‘Last night was a lovely evening for my final scholars and leavers concert,’ said sixth form leaver Thalia Burke, 18. ’As my last concert it was a little sad but was a good chance to reflect over all the opportunities I have had as a music scholar at Portsmouth High School; from several international music trips to New York and Budapest to singing in London at Coutts music marathon in the Strand. It was a lovely evening to celebrate the talent we have in the school and I really enjoyed singing with cantabile one last time.’
‘The pupils performed an unforgettable concert at Southsea’s historic Square Tower,’ said Mr George Tinsley, Director of Music. ‘The school’s finest musicians entertained family and friends with polished performances ranging from art songs to classical instrumental numbers. Cantabile finished the concert singing the upbeat and catchy Orinoco Flow. This was the final performance at the school for the most senior musicians as they embark upon their examinations, university placements, and careers. The evening was a fitting showcase for their years of dedication to the school’s music programme.