Music in the City strikes a chord in Southampton

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The public getting involved

AUDIENCES gathered at the weekend to celebrate music across Southampton in this year’s festival. William Sancroft reports.

Saturday and Sunday saw the return of Music in the City.

Thousands revelled in the sunshine and enjoyed great live performances from local talent and musical organisations.

Now in its sixth successful year the two-day event, spread across the city, shows no signs of slowing down and just goes to show that with support from the community, Southampton music can get the recognition it deserves.

Performances took place at venues such as The Stage Door, Guildhall Square, The Weigh House and the Platform Tavern.

Singer Sorcha Rose, 22 from Southampton, performed at both the Marlands Shopping Centre and the Art House.

She said; “This is just the start of things but it has really prepared me for singing”.

The free festival was kick-started in 2009 by Linda Norris, Mayor of Southampton, when she was a councillor.

The aim of the event is to get more people involved with music, promoting local talent and to bring music to places where it doesn’t usually occur, such as historical buildings around the city.

Ian Brooker, who performed at three events throughout Saturday, posted on his Facebook that he had ‘a brilliant day of gigging’ as well as ‘soaking up all the great music in Southampton for Music in the City’, proving that both the performers and the audience were having a great time.