“The News” Guide Awards shortlist announced

Today we reveal the shortlists of our celebration of local arts, the Guide Awards, with the winners to be announced in a gala event at the end of the month.

For the past month we have asked you to vote for your favourites in 13 different categories, to help pick the best in arts and culture from across our region from the past 12 months. And the response has been overwhelming.

Now the top six in each category, from music, to theatre, art and film will go forward to our Guide Awards Night, a glittering gala ceremony at the Kings Theatre in Albert Road, Southsea, on Monday, January 27, from 7pm, where we will be announcing the winners.

We will also be presenting a Special Achievement Award for someone we feel has played a great role in contributing to the cultural life of the region.

Classical shortlist:

1. The Petersfield Orchestra: For their Russian Night concert as part of the Petersfield Music Festival.

2. 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.

3. Portsmouth Choral Union: For introducing rarely-heard repertoire including Hummel’s The Crossing of the Red Sea.

4. Portsmouth Light Orchestra’s Autumn Concert: Bugler’s Holiday was brilliantly played by the orchestra’s three trumpeters.

5. The Renaissance Choir: For their latest CD, Stream of Life, featuring a commission from local composer, Ian Schofield.

6. Valentina Seferinova: For the pianist’s performance of Ravel’s piano concerto with the Solent Symphony Orchestra.

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