Portsmouth Cathedral Chorister Will Sing with Aled Jones at St Paul’s

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This Wednesday, April 27th, choristers representing 60 choirs, churches, and cathedrals across the country will come together with the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral to perform some of Britain’s most-loved choral music. One of Portsmouth Cathedral’s own choristers will feature in this special celebration.
Eleanor Matthews, a student at Portsmouth Grammar School and chorister with the Portsmouth Cathedral Youth Choir, ‘Cantate’, was selected to be a member of this specially assembled choir and concert in support of cathedral music by the Friends of Cathedral Music.

The Classic FM and ‘Pointless’ presenter Alexander Armstrong will also be speaking at the concert and celebration hosted by fellow Classic FM presenter, and former cathedral chorister, Aled Jones.

Recently, The Friends of Cathedral have cited that it costs £250,000 on average to run a cathedral choir for a year, and that across the United Kingdom, cathedrals spend around £15m per annum. These costs are rising while financial support is shrinking. The Friends of Cathedral Music have been supporting cathedral choirs for the last 60 years. This special concert supporting FCM is sponsored by the Genesis Foundation, which plays an active role in nurturing and developing the careers of outstanding young artists, and Classic FM.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for Eleanor, to sing in this special concert in such an amazing setting”, said Dr. David Price, Director of Music at Portsmouth Cathedral, “It is wonderful that Portsmouth Cathedral will be represented, but most of all that this concert will support choristers and their families.”

The programme of music will include:

  • Allegri’s Miserere, using the architecture of St Paul’s Cathedral to wonderful effect
  • Excerpts from Britten’s Friday Afternoons and Ceremony of Carols, displaying the versatility of the nation’s young choristers
  • Handel’s Zadok the Priest, which has been performed at every Coronation since that of George II in 1727
  • Tippett’s Five Spirituals, drawing on a very different choral tradition
  • The world premiere of a specially commissioned work by Philip Stopford
  • Parry’s I Was Glad, guaranteed to lift the roof off the cathedral.

The concert will take place in the presence of HRH The Duchess of Gloucester. It also launches the Friends of Cathedral Music’s new Diamond Fund for Choristers in this, FCM’s diamond jubilee year.


Southsea Bathing Hut Founder to speak at UK’s leading business exhibition

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Samantha Worsey, the Founder and Director of Portsmouth-based start-up Southsea Bathing Hut, has been invited to speak at The Business Show at Excel, London.

The skincare entrepreneur will be featured in a presentation by Vistaprint about branding and design tips for small and medium enterprises. The well-known international provider of marketing services wants to spotlight Southsea Bathing Hut as an example of excellence.

Vistaprint say, “One of the key challenges for any small business owner is how to take a great business idea and create a professional looking, and memorable, branding identity.”

Samantha says, “I was delighted to be asked and am really looking forward to the show. Over two days, the event will attract around 25,000 business owners. Many of them will be starting up and seeking advice. I’ll be giving real-life examples of how we developed our unique brand, from the design of our logo to the way we communicate with customers in marketing materials.”

She adds, “When we are trading at shows, people often compliment us on our branding. They love the packaging designs, and the ‘feel’ of Southsea Bathing Hut. It’s wonderful to get feedback like that. I hope I can help to inspire some people setting out on the exciting journey of business.”

It has certainly been quite a journey for Southsea Bathing Hut. In early April, the company celebrated its first year of trading. Just weeks later, on 11th and 12th May, Samantha will share business tips on a stage that will also feature Dragons’ Den star and Founder of Pall-Ex Hilary Devey CBE, CEO of Tangle Teezer Matt Lumb and Lauren Pope, Founder of Hair Rehab London.


New jazz group for young people

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Have you ever wanted to play jazz like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie or Louis Armstrong?

Portsmouth Music Hub is giving young people in Portsmouth the opportunity to join a new jazz group.

The newly formed Portsmouth Jazz Band launches on Thursday 28 April, running from 6pm to 7pm, and will bring together young musicians who have a passion for jazz.

There will be regular rehearsals, opportunities to improve skills under expert tuition, plus the chance to give public performances in venues across the City.

The Jazz Band will rehearse Thursday evenings at Portsmouth's Guildhall, and is open to anyone up to the age of 25. It's free to join and the only requirement is that musicians must be a minimum of Grade 5 standard on their instrument.

So, if you play the saxophone, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, drums, keyboard, bass or guitar now's your chance to join the newest and most exciting Jazz Band in the City.
To find out more and to sign up just call Portsmouth Music Hub on 02392 375 655 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Shelf Help - Portsmouth Library Service launches new scheme to support young people’s mental health

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At a time when 1 in 10 young people have a diagnosable mental health issue, Portsmouth Library Service is launching a scheme to support them with expert endorsed books available to borrow for free.

To celebrate the launch of the scheme Central library will be inviting Joe Wells, local stand-up comedian and writer of one of the books in the collection, to talk about his experience as a young person affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

There will also be an opportunity to learn more about the scheme and browse the books. This event starts at 3pm is on Monday 25 April.

'Shelf Help' is a national scheme, part of the hugely successful Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, which will provide 13-18 year-olds with high-quality information, support and advice on a wide-range of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self-harm, and difficult life pressures, like bullying and exams.

Lindy Elliott Library Services Manager at Portsmouth City Council said: "Shelf Help, is an important and very welcome addition to the health collections offered by the library service in Portsmouth. The collection is recommended by young people and Health experts so we are confident it will provide positive help for children and young people"

With the proportion of 15-16 year olds reporting that they frequently feel anxious or depressed having doubled in the last 30 years, there is an enormous need for quality assured mental health information and advice for young people.

Co-created with a panel of young people who have had experience of mental health issues, the new Shelf Help scheme helps young people to understand and manage their wellbeing and emotional resilience. The books can be recommended by GPs, school nurses, counsellors and other health professionals as well as being free to borrow from the library.

Reading Well for young people's recommended reading list of 35 books were selected by mental health experts and young people.

The list includes a wide range of self-help and information titles, as well as memoir, graphic novels and fiction, from hugely influential novels The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and popular non-fiction such as Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson, Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed by Nicola Morgan and The Self-Esteem Team’s Guide to Sex, Drugs and WTFs?!! to the self-help guides Banish Your Body Image Thief and Breaking Free from OCD.


Rural and Seaside Show returns with new attractions

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RS Logo webPortsmouth's Rural and Seaside Show promises to be bigger than ever when it returns to Castle Field over the bank holiday weekend, Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May.

Now in its fourth year, the free family friendly event offers lots of fun by the sea with an exciting programme for everyone to enjoy.

Various activities will be taking place during the weekend from 10am - 5pm each day with show favourites including heavy horse displays, donkey rides, sheep grazing, sheep dog demonstrations, classic cars, Punch and Judy shows, welly throwing, ferret racing and archery taster sessions.

New to the show this year will be Canine Corner, with dog shows over the three days, dog agility and stalls selling doggie treats. There will also be demonstrations of flyball, where dogs race to retrieve balls, as well as the opportunity for dog owners to enter their own dogs. Anyone wishing to enter their dog into the show can register on the day.

Other new additions include chainsaw carving, with speed carving demonstrations, and a treasure hunt.

Lots of tasty food will be on offer from refreshment stalls and there will also be market stalls and children's rides.

Heather Todd, assistant events manager for Portsmouth City Council said: "The Rural and Seaside show is a fantastic free event, which celebrates the city's traditional seaside roots.

"We've had a great response since we started running this show and I am delighted that we have so many new activities this year. People seem to love the countryside feel by the seaside."

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