Sam Gladstone conducting ‘Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose’ at Portsmouth Festivities 2013

We are delighted that Mr Sam Gladstone, Director of Music at The Portsmouth Grammar School, has won a national British Arts and Science Festivals Association award for exceptional service.

Mr Gladstone is the UK’s only educator this year to win the prestigious award, which recognises his on-going valuable contributions towards Portsmouth Festivities; the city’s annual flagship art, culture and heritage festival at the end of June.

As well as regularly attending and contributing to Festivities creative partner hub meetings – involving 13 cultural organisations from across the city – Mr Gladstone volunteers his expertise and considerable time to help shape the annual Festivities music programme. Every year, he also supports the Festivities team in developing new work created and/or performed by young people from across the city and providing creative learning and education projects in partnership with local schools and organisations. 

The announcement came this week, at the national BAFA conference in Canterbury.  Mr Gladstone, Director of Music at PGS, was delighted to accept the award: “I am honoured to have been selected to receive this award, as a representative of a fantastic team from the Portsmouth Festivities and The Portsmouth Grammar School. The power of music to bring together communities, of all ages, has been demonstrated time and again, with hundreds of people joining together to share the excitement of rehearsing and performing together as part of the Festivities. The fact that pieces such as Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose, during Festivities 2013, have gone on to be performed around the UK and internationally is further testament to the impact of these experiences.”

Mr Gladstone also paid tribute to music students of The Portsmouth Grammar School “who have often taken a leading role in developing new musical pieces for the Festivities. Their enthusiasm, as the next generation of musicians, promises us a bright and exciting future.”

He joins four other arts professionals nationwide as honourees.  The award is designed to recognise people who work to benefit British arts and science festivals.  Previous recipients include Sir Brian McMaster CBE and Judith Serota OBE.

Mr Gladstone has been crucial in helping us to develop a programme with increases opportunities for and access to creative learning; attracting children, young people, families, schools and community groups to the Festivities from across our region”, says Samantha Worsey, General Manager of Portsmouth Festivities. “As someone who is so motivated by the personal development and enrichment of others, we are thrilled that BAFA have helped us turn the spotlight on Sam; his extraordinary talent, reassuring positivity and unwavering commitment to supporting the development of music within the Portsmouth Festivities.  He is truly exceptional”.

The Portsmouth Festivities 2015 will run from Friday 19th to Sunday 28th June 2015.  Full programme will be announced Monday 27th April at .