Music Festivals and other events in and around the Portsmouth Area

I like to give my pupils as many opportunities to perform as possible, so I thought it would only be fair to put together a list of all the events I have found in the area that offer to them to get involved with, so that others in the Portsmouth area can find out what is going on too.

Please click on the names of each event to go through to their website and find out more.

If I’ve missed anything, please do let me know, and I’ll add it to the list – I hope this can become a useful resource for local musicians and performers, so bookmark this post!

Music Festivals

These have “classes” which you can enter. They are a great way of “benchmarking” where you are in your performing if you don’t take exams, as you will be marked on your song by professional adjudicators. They all have prices attached to entering a class, and you will probably need to hire a pianist for accompaniment if you are singing.

Chichester Music Festival : February. Closing date for entries is November.

Portsmouth Music Festival : February – March. Closing date for entries is November.

Southampton Music Festival : March. Closing date for entries is December.

Fareham Music Festival : May. Closing date for entries is March.

Gosport Music Festival : October – November. Closing date for entries is July.

My recommended pianists are:
Nicky Tabeart: 02392472583
Amy Beresford: a_beresford@hotmail.co.uk and 07805714544

Events

These are various events organised by a number of different people / companies that it is worth getting involved with.

Waterlooville Music Festival : June. They run a market place music system, where different musical groups are given time slots throughout the day to perform. This is a great opportunity to sing what you like, and really build your confidence, however time slots are very limited, and usually fill up pretty quickly.

The Mad Hatters Charity Tea Party : July.  This is my charity event! We have a stage area where we like to have a running show of local artists, so if you want to perform, just get in touch!

Weyfest Music FestivalAugust. 

A Victorian Festival of Christmas : November – December. A three day event held every year at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. It is quite an intensive three days, however the experience you gain is just fantastic. The easiest way to get involved is through Groundlings Theatre Company – pop them an email on info@groundlings.co.uk and say you’d like to volunteer for next year.

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Deposits and Giving Notice

Now, I don’t want this blog to turn into a rant, but I really need to say this, as I feel people don’t realise sometimes the work that goes into singing at an event, or running a party!

When you book me to perform – whether it be singing love songs at a wedding, a vintage set at an event or party, or running a kids princess party (or any other theme for that matter) – my first reason for doing it, is because I love it, and I will spend hours practising and planning to make it super special.

Paying a deposit secures your date, however it’s not just that. As mentioned above, I spend hours before the event working on songs and planning to get things perfect. Some examples of this:

  • For two 45 minute sets, on average I will practice for 15 to 20 hours in total to get the songs you want perfected – and I’ll even learn totally new songs if you ask.
  • To run a kids party (including decorating & providing table wear, music, karaoke, and whatever else you might want) I will spend hours researching and planning and coming up with unique ideas to make it really memorable, plus going out and buying all the items needed or making things if necessary.

This isn’t my full time job at the moment, so I may even have to book the day off work in order to sing at your event / wedding. On top of this, I will possibly have to turn down other work for that date, so if I don’t have a deposit, you don’t have me booked. I hate to be so harsh, but I want this to be my full time job, and people not paying, means that I’m wasting my time. 😦

If you find your event / wedding is cancelled or moved, please, don’t wait until I chase you for money or information / confirmation to tell me that. It could very easily be that I have turned down another job because I was holding the date for you, and by the time you tell me, it may be too late for me to accept.

This isn’t just me – anyone who works for themselves, especially those in the entertainment industry – we have bills to pay and need food to eat, just the same as the rest of you.