Waterlooville Music Festival 2024

For the eighteenth year the Waterlooville Music Festival  is once again set to make Waterlooville “The Entertainment Capital of Hampshire” from 9th to 15th June at St George’s Church.

Sunday 9th June Thr Festival opens with a performance by the Portsmouth Citadel Salvation Army Band consisting of some 30 highly talented instrumentalists performing a wide range of pieces designed to entertain.

Monday 10th June there is a free lunchtime concert by Andy Denman (Trumpet) and David Cain (Piano), followed in the afternoon by a “War Time Singalong” commemorating the 80th anniversary of D Day, a hands-on singing workshop led by Heather Uden, Director of the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir. In the evening there is a double bill with two local choirs: Cascade Chorus, a 30 strong group singing four part Barbershop harmony, and Africapella, which specialises in the spiritual music, rhythms and melodies from the cultures of Africa and the Caribbean.

Tuesday 11th June there is a free lunchtime Organ recital by Colin Towner. In the evening, the Havant Chamber Orchestra  will entertain with a wonderful programme of music conducted by Ben Qureshi.

Wednesday 12th June there is a free lunchtime concert performed by Karen Kingsley, (Piano), Rob Blanken (Clarinet) and Judith Wolpe (Violin). In the evening it is a performance by the Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir – always very popular, their last visit to the festival in 2019 was a complete sell out.

Thursday 13th June starts with a free concert by Oaklands Catholic School, displaying the talents of their students. In the evening we have the return to the festival of “All That Malarkey” - This amazing and talented group will simply have you completely spellbound wondering what on earth they are going to do next. It is a truly stunning and original feast of entertainment. A genius Musical Director and composer, and classically trained vocalists who have performed in classical opera as lead singers at a high level at prestigious venues such as the Millennium Centre Cardiff…  but performing brilliant, completely original arrangements of very popular songs and doing so with much gusto, theatre, comedy and wit…

Friday 14th June brings a free lunchtime and another free concert, this time with the talents of students from Horndean Technology College. In the afternoon it is Paul Taylor on piano with the festival catering team offering a reasonably prices cream tea, with home made scones, jam and Cornish cream.
In the evening, enjoy the magical nostalgia of music from the forties era, Glen Miller, Count Basie, performed by Maury Deans Solent Big Band, which specialises in arrangements by the late great Maury Deans.

Saturday 15th June the festival concludes on with the traditional Finale, Last Night of the Proms, with all the Pomp, Ceremony and Flag-waving of the real thing – always a grand end to the festival, not to be missed.

Every evening there is a licensed bar with reasonable prices, opening from 7pm.

Tickets for evening events are now available to purchase at: www.waterloovillemusicfestival.org.uk   Advance prices, Sunday to Wednesday £8, Thursday to Saturday £12. There is huge saving to be had with a Passport ticket which is £40. No booking fees. Early purchase recommended, as tickets often sell out.

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