Portsmouth Festival Choir appoints a new conductor

Portsmouth Festival Choir is looking forward to their new season with a new conductor. They are fortunate to have acquired the services of dynamic young musician, Ben Lathbury, as their Musical Director.

Not only is Ben the conductor of several local musical groups and founder of the Music in Bosham recital series, but is also a considerable pianist. He gives recitals all over the UK, specialising in 20th century American music. Last year he was nominated as for the Portsmouth News’ Best Classical Music Act award for his performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Ben will be preparing the choir for a performance on November 17th of Haydn’s stirring “Nelson” Mass and several Coronation anthems by Handel including the popular Zadok the Priest.

The Choir will begin their rehearsals for this concert on Monday 3rd September. They meet at Portsmouth Academy (next to St Mary’s Church in Fratton) at 7 p.m. New members are always welcome to join the choir. Interested singers should contact Hilary Munro on 02392 470532 or just come along on the night for a trial session.

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