This is the competition for the “Best Classical Act” in The News (Portsmouth) newspaper. There’s a whole lot of other talents to vote for there, from stand-up comedy, theatre, visual arts, bands…
The selection is a shortlist arising from recommendations made by classical musicians who write reviews for The News.
View the shortlist announced on 2 January.
These awards rely on people voting for them online from a long list of contenders.
Click on https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/the-guide-awards-are-back-celebrating-the-best-in-the-portsmouth-region-s-arts-so-get-voting-1-9157141. Go to around 1/3 down the very long page and find the link for voting. (Click on “skip survey” if it pops up – it’s a fairly cluttered page!). You can vote only once using one email address. Pass it onto your friends. Voting closes 29 December. The winners will be announced on 2 January.
The nominations are as follows.
1. Jake Barlow: Recently stepped down as musical director of the St Richard Singers, but his dynamism and flamboyant style has re-energised the choir and he’ll be greatly missed by choir members and audience alike.
2. The Chichester Singers: For their performance of A Child of Our Time. The final movement will linger long in the memory.
3. Karen Kingsley: For her unstinting support as piano accompanist to thousands of local school children and her involvement in the musical community in general. She has been hailed as an outstanding musician.
4. The Petersfield Orchestra: For their Russian Night concert as part of the Petersfield Music Festival.
5. Portsmouth Baroque Choir: For their performance of Bach’s B minor mass. One of the most difficult works in the repertoire was performed to a very high standard indeed.
6. Portsmouth Choral Union: For introducing rarely heard repertoire including Hummel’s The Crossing of the Red Sea.
7. Portsmouth Light Orchestra‘s Autumn Concert: Bugler’s Holiday was brilliantly played by the orchestra’s three trumpeters, who surprised audience and orchestra alike by coming on dressed as cleaners.
8. The Renaissance Choir: For their latest CD, Stream of Life, featuring a commission from local composer, Ian Schofield
9. Valentina Seferinova: The pianist’s performance of Ravel’s piano concerto with the Solent Symphony Orchestra and her control of the tranquil and serene solo brought about an atmosphere of celestial beauty.
10. Readers’ choice.
Read about the 2018 Awards.