The sounds of music as festival begins

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Portadown Music Festival will begin next Wednesday, April 22, with a packed week-long programme featuring choirs, vocalist and instrumentals.

It opens with the adult vocal section which, according to secretary Joy Gillespie, has attracted quite a number of entries this year from as far away as Dublin, Antrim and Belfast, not to mention local competitors.

Classes within the section include baritone, grand opera, Mozart and interpretation, with performances of pieces including Mozart’s Batti, batti and A Fowler Bold in Me You See, to The Last Rose of Summer and The Star of the County Down.

Meanwhile, one of the biggest and most popular classes promises to be Songs from the Shows, performed by primary school pupils, which has entries from P5-P7 pupils in 47 different schools. It will be held on the Saturday afternoon.

Friday night is choral night, while the final gala event, on Thursday April 20, will feature a mixture of performances and musicians from the entire week, and the presentation of prizes to the winners. Admission is by ticket only.