News from the Portsmouth Philharmonic Orchestra

Music by Beethoven, Strauss and Dvorak is on the programme as the Portsmouth Philharmonic Orchestra stages its next charity concert in Emsworth later this month.

The venue will be the Emsworth Baptist Church on Sunday June 25 (7pm) and proceeds will be going to support food bank work in the Emsworth area. This will be the first time the orchestra has played at this venue.

The centrepiece of the concert will be Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony, with Strauss’s Roses From the South Waltz and Beethoven’s Egmont Overture providing the support.

At its last outing in May, the orchestra played before almost 200 people in a concert at Lee-on-the-Solent to mark the coronation of King Charles III.

With a programme reflecting the majesty of the occasion – including Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance No 4 and Walton’s Crown Imperial – the orchestra was also joined by soprano Jennifer Parker-Lummis, who got the audience involved with her lusty renditions of Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Land of Hope & Glory.
The PPO’s own Karen Travers also starred, with her solo in the third movement of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto.

The orchestra donated its fee of £500 to The LifeHouse, a charity in Southsea which feeds the homeless. The concert was part of the Lee Coronation Celebration, a series of events held in the town during May 2023.

Di Lloyd, Chair of the PPO said: “We were delighted to be asked to play for such a prestigious occasion. We did something similar when we performed a Last Night of the Proms event at Bucklers Hard a few years ago but this was the first time the orchestra has played in Lee.

“It was also a pleasure to accompany someone with the talent of Jennifer. She really brought the house down with her outstanding singing.”

The Portsmouth Philharmonic was formed in 2009 by a group of amateur musicians in the city and has raised more than £20,000 for local charities since then. With more than 30 members, it plays at least three concerts a year. It is supported by Portsmouth firm Bishops Printers.

Picture Caption: Conductor of the Portsmouth Philharmonic Hugh Carpenter at the concert to commemorate the coronation of King Charles III. Picture by Colin Farmery

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