Find out how an orchestra works and plays together and even how it thinks! Is it a harmonious collective? How do the individual strands mesh? Join Piers, Robin & some special guests from inside Petersfield Orchestra.
Watch via the link below.
Join Richard playing on the organ on the St Faith’s Church Lee YouTube Channel on Saturday 30th May 2020 at 7.30pm. It will be available to view afterwards.
The programme includes music by Buxtehude, Bach, Gigoût and Widor.
Robin and Piers will be holding the second is their series of weekly discussions this Friday evening (29 May) at 7.30pm. They will range far and wide over the topic of: ‘The Future of Music after Lockdown’ for about 45minutes. You are invited to join them – on the night or catch-up later (the video will remain on the website).
You don’t need to be a member of Facebook, just click on the link below and it will take you straight there. Towards the end of their discussion they will respond to some of the comments from you, the audience. Please, join them for a lively debate!
Click the link at the bottom of this notice at 7.30pm, or afterwards.
Last week’s discussion
Robin has produced a Spotify playlist based on last week’s discussion for you to explore – if you have Spotify. If you don’t have Spotify, have a search on the Internet for the recordings.
Just click on this link to open the playlist.
A message from Robin:
As we chat at about a million miles an hour, here’s a simple playlist of some of the music we mention each week. All recordings have been curated by Robin – Piers may disagree (!)
Some works are quite self-explanatory here, so I won’t mention them. But a few aren’t…
Malcolm Arnold – Carnival of Animals: this is a superb sidekick to the more famous Saint-Saëns. I performed the two pieces one after another in concert with an illustrator called James Mayhew (I do a number of gigs with him, check him out on Facebook and on the Interweb). All of these animals are hilarious – as you’d expect from Kornold, but especially the Cows. I can’t help but see Bessie strutting her stuff on the dance floor under a shiny glitterball – but perhaps that’s me.
Holst Oration: it WAS this piece I meant, Piers, not the Frank Bridge Invocation (also an amazing work). Steven Isserlis wasn’t available on Spotify, so here’s the almost-as-brilliant Raphael Wallfisch
Brian Eno – An Ending (Ascent): such a gorgeous piece. Sit back, pop on the headphones, maybe open the wine, close your eyes and drift. Written for a documentary celebrating the Apollo moon-landings (I think 30 years after, but I could be wrong). Bliss.
With most tracks, these are merely a selection from larger works, which are easy enough to find on Spotify with a quick search. If you click on the album artwork, it’ll often bring up the complete album. And if you want to listen in order, do it on the desktop app or website, rather than smartphone app – Spotify does like to shuffle things around (and ruin my perfectly-curated playing order).
Following some cancelled concerts due to the pandemic lockdown, our music partner, Music in the Round, is organising a free online festival of music from some of the world’s finest musicians.
Sheffield Chamber Music Festival at home (#SCMFhome) will feature more than a dozen specially curated performances, talks and family events, all launching on the Music in the Round YouTube channel over two days on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May.
Click the link below to find out more.
The next concert at the Bognor Regis Music Club on Saturday, March 14 at 7pm is being organised by club member Barbara Leech.
It takes the form of a members’ musical evening and will comprise vocal and instrumental items performed by club members. Those taking part are singers Barbara Cotton, Jenny Chislett, Rebecca Grove, Nicola Hancock, Barbara Leech, John Luck, Stephanie Peat, Louise Russell, Angela Stephens, and John Wyatt plus pianists Jack Adams, Alison Blenkinsop, Chris Coote, Rosemary Osmon, Sylvia Rota and Ann Sparrow.
A highlight of the evening will be a performance of club member Rex Latter’s Rustic Suite played by Colin Hartree on oboe accompanied by the composer.
Club chairman Chris Coote said: “Our music club is unusual in that we hold members’ evenings during the year when club members can perform to a sympathetic audience, and I am pleased that Barbara Leech has put together such a varied programme for us. For some of the members this will be their first time of performing at the club and we look forward to hearing them and trust they will enjoy and benefit from the experience”
The concert is at the Club’s concert room, 2 Sudley Road. Entry at the door is £6 for members, £8 for visitors, and £4 for students. New members and visitors are especially welcome.
More details from Chris Coote (01243 773276), Helen Woods (01243 861620), or from the website www.BognorRegisMusic.org.uk.
The Parnassius Piano Duo will play Sherwood and Rachmaninov when Funtington Music Group welcomes them to Chichester University Chapel on Wednesday, March 11 at 7.30pm.
FMG chairman Chris Hough said: “Simon Callaghan and Hiroaki Takenouchi will be talking about and performing two wonderful pieces by Sherwood and Rachmaninov. Simon Callaghan last appeared at FMG in 2018 when he gave a brilliant lecture/recital on the life and music of Sir William Sterndale Bennett.”
Read more at the links below.
Music director Amy Bebbington and composer Nathan James are collaborating as the world première of a Sussex cantata inspired by a Sussex landmark heads to Boxgrove Priory.
Entitled On Windover Hill; the music of the Long Man of Wilmington, the piece will be performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Harlequin Chamber Choir on Saturday, March 7 at 7.45pm.
Read more at the links below, and a review here.
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The Church of the Resurrection in Drayton is the venue for our Spring Concert of Viennese music on Saturday, March 28th at 7:30pm when we shall be joined by soprano Anna Gould and accompanied by the Dolce String Quartet together with a wind and brass ensemble.
The main works we shall be performing are Te Deum and Missa Sancti Nicolai by Haydn, and Exsultate Jubilate by Mozart. We shall also be singing Non Nobis Domine by Haydn together with Regina Caeli and Veni, Sancte Spiritus by Mozart.
Don’t miss the fabulous soprano Lucy Cronin who will be singing the six songs of the Second Series of Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne with the Solent Symphony Orchestra this Saturday at Portsmouth Cathedral.
Lucy was a Choral Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, where she studied French and German. She sings with a number of consort groups and choirs; recent and forthcoming engagements are with Oxford Bach Soloists, Sansara and London Choral Sinfonia, and alongside ensembles including The English Concert, Philharmonia Orchestra and London Contemporary Orchestra.
Lucy has performed as soprano soloist at distinguished venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square and GLive Concert Hall, and as far afield as Kazakhstan Central Concert Hall. Her opera roles include Vita Mondana Rappresentatione di Anima, et di Corpo, Belinda Dido and Aeneas, and Britney Timberbrit (Jacob Cooper, European première).
Lucy last sang with the SSO back in 2017 when she performed the hauntingly beautiful solo at the end of Vaughan Williams Pastoral Symphony to great acclaim. The 2nd series of Chants d’Auvergne features some beautiful but rarely performed music, so this is an opportunity not to be missed.
Read a review.
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We are named The Renaissance Choir because we believe 15th – 17th century Europe was the birthplace of the most beautiful music ever written. Like devoted gardeners, it is our raison d’être to keep these most exquisite blooms alive, long after their seeds were first sown.
This artistic flowering took place across the whole of Europe: in music, painting, sculpture and literature. In our series of Renaissance Masters concerts we transport our audiences back in time, displaying the greatest music and paintings of the Renaissance.
Italian choral treasures
Last year’s well-received concerts in Petersfield and Havant featured Spain. This year, we perform Italian Renaissance Masters, our third programme in the series where we explore European music and painting from Renaissance times. It features Tomás Luis de Victoria’s masterwork Officium Defunctorum (1605), written for the funeral of Maria of Austria, daughter of Emperor Charles V. Considered “one of the greatest musical minds ever”, Victoria knows how to “build entire worlds with sounds”, according to the Belgian conductor Philippe Herreweghe.
In 2016 the choir sang works by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina in his birthplace and eponym in Italy. This was a moving experience for choir members – almost like a pilgrimage – not least because Palestrina’s music is rarely heard, even in the city which bears his name. The President of the Palestrina Foundation said, “This is an exceptional choir of the highest quality”. We will perform the Kyrie from his Missa Papae Marcelli in April among other treasures.
Some of the music we will be singing is in 8, 10 and even 16 parts (à8, à10 and à16 written below), which demonstrates the choir’s strength.
Contrasts from Zoe Barnett
The concerts will also feature the distinguished guitarist, Zoe Barnett. Hugely popular at our Spanish concerts last year, Zoe will offer a palate cleanser to the rich choral polyphony. She will also help us create a vibrant Italian street-scene, including drinking songs, madrigals, and singers turning into animals! Such is the versatility of the Renaissance Choir that we even perform pop music (albeit from 500 years ago!).
This delectable dip into the mysteries of the Italian Renaissance finds the choir stretching itself to the limits, with music in no fewer than ten parts and a piece written for four choirs. A hallmark of our concerts is to surround our audience with singers; we love to sing like this and we hope you will love it too.
Works for choir:
Victoria – Officium Defunctorum
– Assumpta est Maria à6
– Kyrie from Missa Papae Marcelli
– Regina Coeli Laetare à8
Scarlatti – Excerpts from Stabat Mater à10
Caldara – Crucifixus à16
Corteccia – Bacco, Bacco
Banchieri – Contrapunto bestiale alle mente
Micha(el) Pesentus – Dal lecto me levava
Verdelot – Divini occhi sereni
Willaert – Sempre mi ride sta
Works for guitar to be confirmed
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Two contrasting concerts provide the choral centrepiece of this year’s Petersfield Musical Festival on consecutive Saturdays – 14th and 21st March.
On 14th March the Music of Praise concert features three 20th century works. The Festival Chorus, Highfield Chapel Choir and Southern Pro Musica under the baton of Paul Spicer start with Richard Blackford’s Mirror of Perfection, which sets seven inspirational poems by St Francis of Assisi covering a wide range of emotion from hope to despair, love to bitterness and delight in Creation to an impassioned plea for peace amongst mankind. The use of a children’s choir is particularly poignant.
The same concert features Andrew Carter’s Benedicite, a canticle in praise of all creation, inspired by the new carvings in York Minster after it had been damaged in 1984 by lightning. The work is scored for SATB choir, a children’s choir and orchestra plus organ, harp and percussion. The work is in eleven movements, each individually structured to reflect the meaning of the text. Three movements set Carter’s own words, including ‘Badgers and Hedgehogs’ – probably unique in musical literature!
Dag Wirén’s popular Serenade for Strings completes the programme.
The Saturday 21st March concert features Vivaldi’s much-loved Dixit Dominus, Bach’s 2nd Brandenburg Concerto and Haydn’s Mariazellermesse. All three 18th century masterworks exude musical imagination and joie de vivre.
The concert showcases Fernhurst and Petersfield Choral Societies and SouthDowns Camerata and is conducted by Paul Spicer with some well-known vocal and instrumental soloists.
Vivaldi splits his forces into two for the setting of Psalm 110 (Dixit Dominus) and makes use of the antiphonal effects which result. There are two four-part choruses, each with its own orchestral accompaniment, together with four soloists.
Bach’s Brandenburg No.2 was written as part of a set of concerti grossi presented in 1721 by the composer to the Margrave of Brandenburg, rightly considered one of the composer’s greatest masterpieces. This concerto uses four contrasting solo instrumentalists: violin, recorder, oboe and trumpet. The trumpets soloist, Lucy Humphris, was educated at Churcher’s College and is a highly regarded young musician.
The Mariazellermesse dates from 1782 and is a fresh and adventurous work. Whatever Haydn lacks in harmonic originality is made up for by enormous vitality and individuality.
Pictured: Catriona Hewitson and Morgan Pearse (14 March)
The world premiere of a Sussex cantata inspired by a Sussex landmark will be performed at Boxgrove Priory.
Entitled On Windover Hill; Music of the Sussex Landscape, the piece has been inspired The Long Man of Wilmington and written by Nathan James. It will be performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Harlequin Chamber choir and conducted by Amy Bebbington on Saturday, March 7 at 7.45 pm.
This new cantata explores the story behind the Long Man of Wilmington near Lewes, the oldest and largest representation of the human form in Europe. Supported by Arts Council England and the RVW Trust, On Windover Hill uses a variety of Roman, early English, early twentieth-century, and contemporary texts to narrate what the mystical hill-figure might represent.
The concert will also feature rarities from Ruth Gipps (Goblin Market) and Avril Coleridge-Taylor (Wyndore), both of whom were proud of their Sussex roots. Wyndore was written in 1936, inspired by a poem by Aldous Huxley and this will be its first performance in 67 years. Gipps’s groundbreaking setting of Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market from 1954 is performed with kind permission of her family.
Read an interview with Spokeswoman Rachel Poulton in the Chichester Observer below, and a review here.
The next concert at the Bognor Regis Music Club on Saturday, February 29 at 7pm will be given by Lithuanian pianist Ugnius Pauliukonis, who will be playing works by Haydn, Chopin and Debussy.
One of the leading pianists of Lithuania’s new generation, Ugnius Pauliukonis has been performing professionally since the age of six. After studying with Eilina Stropaite, Donaldas Racys and Valentina Berman, in 2010 Ugnius left Lithuania and moved to the United Kingdom to study at the Royal Northern College of Music where he is currently working with Graham Scott and Andrew Wilde as a part of his International Artist Diploma.
Ugnius has won numerous awards, including RNCM Gold Medal, the Schubert and Mark Ray Prizes, the Recital Prize and a prize at the International Amy Brant Piano Competition in Birmingham. Recently Ugnius made his debut at the Wigmore Hall (London) and Bridgewater Hall (Manchester).
As a soloist Ugnius has played with the BBC Philharmonic, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Kaunas Symphony Orchestra. He has given solo and chamber music recitals in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and all the Baltic states. In the past Ugnius has worked with famous musicians such as Lang Lang, Jean Efflam-Bavouzet, Matti Raekalio, Stephen Hough, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Eduardo Delgado, and Nelson Goerner.
“Pianist Ugnius Pauliukonis took my breath away in the RNCM Gold Medal Weekend. The Magic descended as soon as his hands touched the keys” – Edward Seckerson, editor of the Pianist Magazine.
Read more by clicking the links below.
The Solent Symphony Orchestra will be performing its spring concert at St Thomas’s Cathedral on Saturday 7 March and would normally be looking forward to welcoming the Concerto prize winner from the Portsmouth Music Festival as its soloist.
However, on this occasion there has been a change of plan owing to a clash: pianist Thomas Luke, who was selected from the city’s 2019 Music Festival, has recently won through to the piano finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year which are being held on the same weekend as the SSO concert at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. As well as filming the actual competition, Thomas will be filmed and interviewed prior to this, all of which will be televised at a later date.
This is a fabulous achievement by this young Isle of Wight pianist and the Orchestra wishes him every success and looks forward to working with him later in the year when he will be the soloist in its October concert.
The Spring concert will now feature soprano Lucy Cronin, who had been booked to perform in October. She will perform the beautiful second series of Songs from the Auvergne by Canteloube, which are often aired on Classic FM.
Along with Beethoven’s Leonore No 3 Overture and Brahms Symphony No 3, this is a concert not to be missed, so please support Portsmouth’s own symphony orchestra by coming along.
Read a review.
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The University of Portsmouth’s choirs bring together students, staff and townsfolk to sing under the direction of Dr George Burrows on Saturday 21 Mar at 7:30pm at St Mary’s Church, Portsea. In keeping with university culture, the choir perform mixed programmes that most often explore a topic or theme that is linked to staff research interests.
This programme brings together a mixed programme of choral music by a whole raft of composers from the past and present that represents the experiences of the racialized ‘other’ in different parts of the modern world. It also connects Dr Burrows’ research into racial discourse in jazz in featuring Mary Lou Williams’ choral music.
Williams’ was a brilliant jazz pianist and composer, who converted to Roman Catholicism in the 1950s and began writing choral music. Her choral masterpiece is St. Martin de Porres, a work about the first black saint. In 2019, Dr Burrows received a Berger-Carter-Berger fellowship from the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University to research Williams’ choral works for this concert.
Those works will be performed alongside Choral Ballads by the black-British composer, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, which are choral settings of Songs of Slavery by the American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that deal with the injustices of African-American slavery.
A new commission by the female Sri Lankan composer, Gayathri Khemadasa, turns the programme towards another part of the world where racial tensions have long prevailed.
On a lighter note, songs from hit musicals like Hamilton reflect Britain’s part in colonialism that led to much enslavement and racial tension.
Come and hear Spiritato! play at 7.30pm on Thursday 27 February in Chichester’s Assembly Rooms as part of the Chichester Chamber Concerts series. See links below.
The Taste of the Nation features music by Handel, Corelli, Pepusch, and Daniel Purcell.
‘..fascinating to watch… devoutly alone with their music, playing with total commitment and fervour.’ Bachtrack
Spiritato! is a period-instrument ensemble who produce unique, research-based performance projects.
In 2016 the ensemble enjoyed great success with their ambitious project Guts and Glory which was performed throughout the UK. This involved natural trumpets and equal tension strings.
In 2014 the group released their second album on the Resonus Classics label, a recording of The Judgment of Paris by Daniel Purcell. Described by BBC Radio 3 CD Review as ‘high-quality entertainment’ the recording has received 4-star reviews from the Financial Times, Early Music Today, Bachtrack and BBC Music Magazine.
The Taste of the Nation is sponsored by:
The Golsoncott Foundation
The Gemma Classical Music Trust
The Music Reprieval Trust
Angel Early Music
Come and hear Trio Martinů play at 7.30pm on Monday 24 February in Portsmouth Guildhall as part of the Portsmouth Chamber Music Series. See links below.
The Martinů Piano Trio was formed at the Prague Conservatoire in 1990 and since then their career has been paved with success and awards.
It has toured worldwide to Japan, Korea, Spain, the Netherlands, England and many other countries in Europe and has appeared at major international festivals and venues, such as Musashi Hall in Tokyo, Seoul Arts Center, the Rudolfinum in Prague and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. In 2017 the trio made their Canadian debut in Toronto, which was followed by a tour of the USA in the 2018/2019 season.
All the three members are outstanding soloists and record regularly for the Czech Radio. Pavel Safarik and Jaroslav Matejka have been engaged in the Prague Symphony Orchestra as assistant leaders for many years, and Petr Jirikovsky, outside his solo career, teaches piano at the Prague Conservatoire.
Martinů is widely regarded as one of the most influential Czech composers of the 20th century, and yet his fame with the wider public is still unjustly limited. His two late piano trios are incredible works, and the Trio Martinů gave us No. 3 when they last performed here in April 2016, so it is great now to have a chance to hear No. 2. Noble and profound in equal measure, Beethoven’s ‘Archduke’ trio is one of the last works of what has come to be regarded as his middle period.
‘Each player is of the highest quality technically and artistically, and the rapport between them is perfect.’
The Portsmouth Philharmonic will cross the harbour for its latest charity concert in aid of the Gosport & Fareham Inland Rescue Service which will feature music by Sibelius, Gounod and Haydn.
The concert will take place at the St Vincent College Theatre on Saturday March 14 at 7.30pm and is the first time the orchestra has played a concert in Gosport. The Mayor of Gosport Cllr Kathy Jones, will be in attendance.
With almost £20,000 now raised for local charities since the orchestra’s foundation in 2009, its latest programme should prove popular and pre-booking is advised.
Chair of the orchestra, and ‘cellist, Di Lloyd also has a personal reason for looking forward to the event. “I’m delighted we’re playing in Gosport at St Vincent. I have very fond memories of the place, as I worked there for 25 years and retired as Principal of the college in 2014.
“The programme we have put together for this concert we hope will appeal to the public and, in turn, raise a decent amount of money for a great local cause. It was selected as one of the orchestra members has a close family connection with GAFIRS.
“The Karelia Suite by Sibelius is a very popular piece of music, which featured in the theme tune to the long-running ITV current affairs programme This Week. Haydn’s Symphony No 103, known as the ‘Drumroll’, is similarly well-known. Gounod’s ballet music from the opera Faust gives a rounded programme, which the orchestra has been working hard on in rehearsals.”
Now in its 12th concert season, the Portsmouth Philharmonic now has a reputation as one of the area’s leading amateur orchestras.
Among the charities who have benefitted recently are the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, The Alzheimer’s Society, The Stroke Association and Tonic: Music for Mental Health.
Tickets for the concert are £8 – accompanied children are free – and will be available on the door, or can be purchased online. Please clcik on the concert page below for further info.
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Petersfield Orchestra’s contribution to the town’s prestigious Musical Festival promises to be an absolute delight for the audience and players alike. It’s not always easy for amateur orchestras to strike the right balance between material which is a pleasure for the musicians to play and is also pleasing for those concert-goers who enjoy listening to familiar, popular works. However, the programme scheduled for Thursday 19 March at the Festival Hall, Petersfield, really does hit the spot.
The three Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms are full of that composer’s enthusiasm for mid-European gypsy folk tunes. Doubtless, the two demon fiddlers, Eduard Remenyi and Joseph Joachim, whom Brahms worked with, inspired him when writing this material and more besides.
On the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, what could be a more fitting tribute than for the Petersfield Orchestra to perform his Piano Concerto (Number 3, in C minor, Op 37)? Many amateur and professional ensembles up and down the UK and abroad are marking the occasion too. But the Petersfield audience will be enthralled when that talented exponent of the keyboard, Cordelia Williams, begins to play this. After all, it is one of the legendary composer’s greatest works.
Felix Mendelsohn’s Scottish Symphony (Number 3 in A minor, Op 56) is an inspired choice too. The last of his symphonies, it pleased Queen Victoria and he dedicated it to her. It’s both moodily atmospheric in parts and as joyful as a Highland reel in others.
The whole programme is bound to please the audience, but what of the musicians? Although in general it’s a pleasure to play, some musicians admit privately that the music is not without its challenges; a few tricky corners to negotiate. Doubtless the players of the Petersfield Orchestra will rise to the occasion, as they always do under the direction of Robin Browning.
Having given this concert the big build-up it deserves, it’s only fair to warn music lovers that the tickets are going fast. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Music-lovers of all tastes and ages can find something to enjoy in this year’s varied programme of concerts at Petersfield Musical Festival.
The next Petersfield Musical Festival runs from Friday 13 to Saturday 21 March 2020. Read more in the Petersfield Musical Festival Newsletter 32 Spring 2020 and Petersfield_Musical_Festival_2020_Programme.
This year’s Festival puts the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven centre-stage with a performance of his third piano concerto in C minor on March 19th at Petersfield Festival Hall. The work, starring young soloist Cordelia Williams and performed by the Petersfield Orchestra, will be flanked by two other popular classics: Brahms’ Hungarian Dances and Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony.
Other musical tributes to Beethoven (this year) include the lunchtime and evening recitals at St Peter’s Church on 17th and 18th March which focus on chamber music, songs and piano duets.
For opera lovers the enterprising Merry Opera Company will present Mozart’s Don Giovanni on 20th March. This thrilling drama traces the rise and fall of the infamous womanizer and contains some of Mozart’s best-loved arias and vocal ensembles.
The Festival Chorus, Highfield Chapel Choir and Southern Pro Musica under the baton of Paul Spicer focus on 20th century “Music of Praise”, including Richard Blackford’s Mirror of Perfection, which sets seven inspirational poems by St Francis of Assisi who symbolizes hope in an age of spiritual challenge. The same concert features Andrew Carter’s Benedicite, a canticle in praise of all creation, inspired by the carvings in York Minster.
On a lighter note, the funky and innovative gypsy-fusion group ZRI should appeal to a wide audience on 13th March. They bring characteristic flair and energy to Charlie Chaplin’s early film The Adventurer as they accompany a complete screening of the film.
Film music will also feature in the Sunday afternoon Family Concert on 14th March, when Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra will take the audience on a musical journey by car, boat, plane – and spaceship!
A hugely appealing highlight of this year’s Festival will be the choral concert on 21st March featuring the much-loved Dixit Dominus by Vivaldi, Bach’s 2nd Brandenburg Concerto and Haydn’s Mariazeller Mass. All three 18th century masterworks exude musical imagination and joie de vivre.
Tickets are now on sale from the Festival’s website, or from One Tree Books, 7 Lavant Street, Petersfield GU32 3EL Tel. 01730 261199. Further details in the links below.
The London Bridge Trio will play Beethoven and Faure at the next Funtington Music Group meeting – in Chichester University Chapel on Weds, Feb 12 at 7.30pm.
Chairman Chris Hough said: “FMG is delighted to welcome the acclaimed London Bridge Trio, one of Britain’s leading chamber ensembles. Their programme includes Beethoven’s wonderful Archduke Trio, together with music by Faure and Haydn.
Read more at the link below.
The Sixteen will be staying true to the première in 1718 when they bring Handel’s Acis & Galatea to Chichester Cathedral on Wednesday 12 February.
They will present the most popular dramatic work of Handel’s lifetime om an intimate concert performance featuring a select group of five singers, plus nine instrumentalists from the Orchestra of The Sixteen.
Acis & Galatea is a pastoral opera and a tale of love, tragedy and liberation, with the eternal love between mortal shepherd Acis and goddess Galatea doomed by the jealous cyclops Polyphemus. Staying true to the premiere in 1718, the Sixteen will use a small selection of singers and instrumentalists from The Sixteen in this intimate concert performance.
‘Christophers uses stylish Handelians and “consort” singers who blend to perfection in this intimate “chamber” performance.’ The Sunday Times
Read more at the links below.
The next concert at the Bognor Regis Music Club on Saturday, February 1 at 7pm will be given by Erin Alexander (soprano), accompanied by Nick Miller (piano).
On a High Note is the story of soprano Graziella Sciutti, who was a contemporary of Maria Callas and helped pioneer the movement of opera singers becoming actors.
Club chairman Chris Coote said: “It is performed in an intimate An Audience With… style and features arias sung by the roles which made her career such as Susanna, Despina, Rosina, and Musetta; anecdotes from her interviews; and the heartbreak that comes with the price of success. The presentation has toured in the UK with great success, particularly at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.”
The programme includes arias from operas and oratorios by Bach, Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Poulenc and Menotti.
The concert is at the Club’s concert room, 2 Sudley Road, PO21 4EU. Entry at the door is £9 for members, £11 for visitors, and £5 for students. New members and visitors are especially welcome.
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The St. Matthew Passion is the largest single composition that Bach ever wrote and is considered by many to be one of the greatest creations of Western Civilization. Complete performances of this work are rare, and Portsmouth Choral Union will be restoring many of frequently omitted movements in their performance on Saturday 4th of April at St. Mary’s Portsea. Please note: This concert will begin at 6.30pm.
Accompanying PCU will be the Chichester based Consort of Twelve, one of the South of England’s leading ensembles of musicians who specialise in the performance of Baroque music using the styles, techniques and instruments of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Many of their players regularly perform with some of the country’s most prestigious period orchestras, including The Academy of Ancient Music, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Monteverdi Orchestra, Orchestra Révolutionnaire et Romantique, English Baroque Soloists, The Hanover Band and Florilegium and La Serenissima. Their leader at this concert will be Sara Deborah Timossi.
In addition to their April performance, PCU will be holding a St Matthew Passion Day on Saturday 29 February. This immersive experience will draw participants into the drama and beauty of the story and its wonderful music. You will be very welcome to sing with PCU during this Choral Workshop, though some experience of singing this work is advised.
The Portsmouth chamber music series resumes on Monday 27 January, 7.30 pm, at the Portsmouth Guildhall main stage with Ensemble 360.
Ensemble 360 comes to Portsmouth in an unusual piano quintet line-up including the double bass. This allows the programming of the wonderful ‘Trout’ Quintet by Schubert, which is one of the greatest of all chamber works, though remarkably, one that has never been performed in Portsmouth in the 16-year history of this series.
Hummel composed his Op. 87 quintet for the same combination, and it was possibly a model for the Schubert. Beginning the programme is one of Haydn’s fabulous late piano trios, composed just five years before the Hummel work.
Ensemble 360 has gained an enviable reputation across the UK not only for the quality and integrity of their playing but also for their ability to communicate the music to a range of different audiences. Formed in 2005, eleven musicians of international standing came together to take up residency in Sheffield with Music in the Round, establishing a versatile group of five string players, five wind players and a pianist. They believe in concerts being informal, friendly and relaxed occasions and perform ‘in the round’ wherever possible.
Critical acclaim has greeted all the group’s CDs to date: Mozart and Spohr (ASV Gold), Beethoven and Poulenc (Nimbus Alliance).
Also on Monday 27 January, Ensemble 360, with Music in the Round’s narrator Polly Ives, will be presenting their unique brand of children’s concerts in the Guildhall which will be attended by hundreds of school children organised by Portsmouth Music Hub in partnership with the University of Portsmouth, the sponsor of the Portsmouth Chamber Music Series.
Sir Scallywag and the Battle of Stinky Bottom will feature 11 musicians and a narrator, introducing the various instruments and delighting the children with music especially composed by Paul Rissman.
Colin Jagger, Director of Music at the University of Portsmouth said “There’s so much to be discovered still about music, whether it’s a new composition or a piece by Hummel who lived 200 years ago. So it’s wonderful that we can share the joy of music with young and old with a group as versatile as Ensemble 360.”
Tickets for the evening concert are £18 with £16 concessions, available in person from the Guildhall or from the website.
GALA CONCERT UNFORTUNATELY CANCELLED
The Portsmouth Music Festival annually hosts performances from over 4,000 people from the community, who enjoy making music, dancing and/or acting.
These contributors are almost all amateurs who wish to give pleasure and gain valuable experience by their performance and to learn from the adjudicators and from other performers. It is the largest annual community event staged in Portsmouth.
The 2020 Festival runs from 8 February to 7 March. Read the Portsmouth Music Festival 2020 programme.
The PMF Gala Concert will be held on Sunday 29 March at 3:00 pm at Park Community School, where you will be able to enjoy performances from the winners of the instrumental, vocal, drama and dance sections. During the concert judges will select the winners of the Portsmouth Festivities Recital Prize 2021 and the Solent Symphony Orchestra Concerto Award 2021.
Further details at www.portsmouthmusicfestival.co.uk.
Chichester Chamber Concerts are looking for a sell-out for their first concert of 2020 in the Assembly Rooms, Chichester on Thursday 23 January, featuring the Van Kuijk Quartet.
Since their formation in 2012, the ensemble has become an established presence in major international venues, performing at the Wigmore Hall in London, Auditorium du Louvre and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Tonhalle in Zurich and Musikverein in Vienna.
Winners of the 2015 Wigmore International String Quartet Competition, from 2015-2017 the Van Kuijk were BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists, and joined the prestigious ECHO Rising Stars roster for the 2017-18 season. This season the quartet made their debut in Hong Kong, Australia & Taiwan, and returned to North America last autumn.
See https://www.quatuorvankuijk.com for further info.
The opening concert of the new decade at the Bognor Regis Music Club on Saturday, January 18 at 7pm will be An Evening with Chris Coote and Friends.
Organiser and club chairman Chris Coote said: “The concert will include a wide selection of music by gifted performers with a local connection.”
17-year-old Bognor-based cellist James Dew, who plays in the National Youth Orchestra, will play a movement from Rachmaninov‘s romantic cello sonata.
Mark Zarb-Adami (piano) will play Chopin’s Grande Waltz Brillante in E flat; Lilias Lamont (viola) will play Bartok’s Romanian Dances; and Fiona Willshire and Ian Clark will sing songs from shows.
The concert is at the Club’s concert room, 2 Sudley Road. Entry at the door is £6 for members, £8 for visitors, and £4 for students.
New members and visitors are especially welcome.
More details about the club from Chris Coote (01243 773276) or Helen Woods (01243 861620).
You can also find more information on the Bognor Regis Music Club website at www.BognorRegisMusic.org.uk.
This position has been filled – Geoff Porter has been appointed Musical Director of the Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir, taking up this position in September 2020.
The Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir is seeking to appoint a new MD. The Choir is one of the south’s leading Male Voice Choirs and this year celebrates its 80th Anniversary.
We are a choir of some 60 members consisting of both serving police staff, retired police officers and members of the local community and represent the Constabulary within Hampshire and beyond. We rehearse every Wednesday evening in Sarisbury Green and perform up to 12 concerts a year,
Candidates should share our passion for male voice singing and have the enthusiasm and ambition to take the choir forward this decade. Previous experience in this field is desirable although not essential. We are seeking an individual who can demonstrate an appreciation of the traditions of male voice choirs as well as having the innovation and ability to inspire the choir to sing more contemporary songs, so building upon its established good reputation.
If interested, please submit your CV detailing any previous experience together with a personal statement of not more than 200 words to support your application.
All applications to: the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date for Applications 23rd February.
Portsmouth Choral Union and David Gostick are delighted to host a choral workshop on J.S. Bach’s masterpiece on Saturday 29 February in Portsmouth. Don’t miss this immersive experience which will draw you into the drama and beauty of this story. You will be very welcome to sing with PCU during this Choral Workshop, as we prepare for our performance of St Matthew Passion (in English) on Saturday 4 April 2020 at St Mary’s Church in Portsmouth. Please be aware that some experience of singing this work is advised.
Read more about the 4 April performance of the St Matthew Passion.
The sparkling comic operetta “Orpheus in the Underworld” comes to the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth in February 2020. First performed in 1858, it’s Offenbach’s most performed work.
His satirical all-singing, all-dancing work concludes with one of the most famous pieces of music in the world, the ‘Galop infernal’ or the Can-can.
The University of Portsmouth DMS now has the benefit of a version that is true to the original. Musical Director Colin Jagger explains.
“I’ve put on one show per year since I joined the University in 2000, including “Orpheus” in 2005. This version had been extensively re-written and re-arranged, and so I was very dissatisfied with the results.”
“In 2011 I produced a new version of “Yeomen of the Guard” following extensive research of the original manuscripts. Like “Orpheus”, it had been re-written and re-arranged. This new version, published by Oxford University Press, is much closer to the original than any other version.”
“Now having had lots of experience of this process, I have applied the same approach to “Orpheus”. I’ve got hold of an original version and set it to a new translation by Ian Gledhill, working hard to preserve the nuances of the original text and stay close to the original orchestration. I’m very pleased with the results.”
Colin’s work is freely available from email@example.com.
The next Petersfield Musical Festival runs from Friday 13 to Saturday 21 March 2020.
The Petersfield Musical Festival 2020 Programme (1 MB) contains brief resumés of all the events. Priority booking is now open. General booking runs from 3 February.
Buy tickets online here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/petersfieldmusicalfestival.
Come to hear the Lee Choral Society’s New Year’s Concert on Sunday 5 January at 3:30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Gosport under the leadership of Richard Dewland MA.
Bristol-born and a Birmingham Conservatoire Graduate, Richard Dewland works as a Freelance musician in Hampshire. An organist, pianist, flautist, singer, conductor and composer his professional engagements are broad and varied; Head of music at Boundary Oak prep school, organ tutor at St. John’s College, Organist and Music Director at St. Faith’s Lee-on-Solent, MD for the Lee Choral Society, private tutor, organ recitalist and published composer of liturgical music. To find out more about Richard’s work in the area, including his monthly “Singers’ Voice Clinic”, please visit www.newliturgicalmusic.co.uk or find him on Youtube.
Formerly the Lee Singers, the Lee Choral Society was formally launched in September 2015 under their new director, Richard Dewland. All information regarding the choir, past and future concerts and ‘How to join” can be found on their website, and this includes links to various recordings.
Andrew Cleary is a versatile musician and currently works as a freelance teacher, accompanist, organist, choral director and conductor. He graduated from the University of East Anglia, where he was organ scholar at Norwich Cathedral and worked with the Norwich Philharmonic Choir and the Aldeburgh Festival Chorus. In 1990 he moved to study at the Royal College of Music, directing the vocal ensemble, Nouve Musiche. He became Assistant Organist at St Martin-in-the-Field Church, making regular broadcasts for BBC radio and television, and directing the St Martins’ Scholars.
He is Musical Director for the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir and the Portsmouth Milton Glee Choir. As a choral director he has worked with Tenebrae and the King’s Singers and on RSCM courses as tutor. He has also worked with the National Youth Music Theatre. He is Associate Lecturer in Music and Music Theatre at the University of Chichester, Music Director of Fareham Philharmonic Choir, Music Director and organist at St Peter’s Church, Bishop’s Waltham, and Organist and Repetiteur of the Lee Choral Society. He was the founder and Musical Director of the Portsmouth Cathedral Girls’ Choir and conducted the Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.
News from the Artistic Director
This is a big year for Music and the Arts at Holy Trinity as we celebrate the 300th anniversary of the original parts of our historic ‘Handel’ organ. We have lots of music throughout the year to help us mark this special birthday and look forward to welcoming very many music lovers to the Church.
However, we start the year with today’s wonderful concert then we shall be closed for redecoration until Sunday 1st March. Although we are sad to be taking an enforced break, the Church will look even more splendid than ever when we return!
Petersfield choir director Rosa Malone will be leading a unique eight-week singing project in preparation for a performance on International Women’s Day in early March, in support of Refuge – a charity which assists women and their children who find themselves in domestic abuse situations.
Rosa, who was raised in Petersfield and studied at Trinity College of Music, has been directing choirs in Greece for six years, and specialises in making choral singing fun, inspirational and open to all people, regardless of their experience. In addition to regular choir practices, Rosa runs singing retreats in the Greek Islands, holds online singing tutorials and regular workshops.
Rosa is putting together a programme of inspiring and empowering music, all of which can be learned by ear, meaning that the group will be open to anyone, regardless of experience. She said, “I hope that as a unique, short-term project without long-term commitment, this will be something that mothers can do with their daughters, as it will also be open to girls over 12. It’ll be a great way of investing time with each other and sharing the community experience with other like-minded people; women working together to help other women. I think we’re all looking forward to something positive and uplifting to focus on in the New Year after all the stress and excitement of Christmas has died down.”
The eight-week course will be held at The Square Brewery in Petersfield GU32 3HJ every Wednesday, 7-8:30pm, starting on 15/1/20. Rosa will also be running a free taster session for people to come and see what it’s all about on 11/1/20, 11am-12pm, also at The Square Brewery. Information for booking and further details can be found at www.vocallibre.com and @VocalLibre on Facebook and Instagram.
Fees for the 8-week project:
Adult + 1 child (12-18 yrs) £75
Adult + 2 children (12-18yrs) £85
Join vocal consort The Gesualdo Six at Boxgrove Priory on Friday 3 January 2020 at 6pm for a beautiful programme of music for Epiphany.
“The Gesualdo Six are outstanding, shifting impeccably from Renaissance polyphony to twenty-first-century music.” – Seen and Heard International
For centuries Christmas and the surrounding seasons have inspired composers to new heights of invention. Morning Star features renaissance and contemporary music sung around the plainsong propers of a mass for Epiphany.
The programme will include Cornelius The Three Kings, Sally Beamish In the stillness, Byrd Praise our Lord all ye Gentiles and works by Judith Bingham, Cecilia McDowall, Arvo Pärt and Palestrina.
“Weavers of rich and plangent aural tapestries, The Gesualdo Six meld style and substance with beguiling sure-footedness.” – BBC Music Magazine
The programme includes:
Cornelius, Peter – The Three Kings
Eccard, Johannes – When to the Temple Mary went
Beamish, Sally – In the Stillness
Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da – O magnum mysterium
Rutter, John – There is a flower
Byrd, William – Praise our Lord, all ye Gentiles
McDowall, Cecilia – Now may we singen
Visit concert page at the link below.
Christmas music with the Luc family is among the Chichester promises this festive season. The Luc siblings (Imy, Maria and Kenji Luc) return to Christ Church, this time with a Christmas-themed concert. The programme will feature Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite arranged for piano duet, as well as other pieces of light classical music for piano and cello and festive tunes. Regular performers at the Festival of Chichester, the Luc siblings are currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music.
The concert is on Monday, December 23 at 6.30pm at Christ Church, Old Market Avenue, Chichester. Tickets are £10; free entry for under-25’s. Tickets from The Novium or 01243 816525.
This year’s Carol Concert on 19 December in Pagham promises to be a wonderful evening of festive music, including audience participation, performed by the renowned local chamber choir Chichester Voices. The concert is in aid of Rotary Charities & will be conducted by Andrew Naylor and accompanied by Richard Allum.
The evening will feature carols old & new, including two carols by choir members, and some much-loved works including the beautiful O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen, Little Drummer Boy in a King’s Singers’ arrangement, The Shepherds’ Farewell by Berlioz, and O Holy Night – one of the most beloved Christmas carols in the repertoire!
Click the link below for practical details.
We are thrilled to announce that Holy Trinity’s very own Malcolm Keeler will be playing our Christmas recital on Monday next, 16th December, starting at 1pm. He is bringing us a very lovely programme of music with something for everyone and we very much hope you will join us for a good half hour of seasonal music played on our historic ‘Handel’ organ. So leave the shopping behind you and start the week before Christmas in a way that can only bring you joy: listening to music, beautifully played in a memorable setting.
Chichester’s St Richard Singers are promising a “truly exciting” programme including the Vivaldi Magnificat, Charpentier Noëls sur les instruments and seasonal pieces by Carter, Handel, Warlock, Holst, Willcocks, Wood and Rutter.
Their Christmas concert, ‘Bout Bethlehem, will be on Monday, December 16 at 7.30pm at St George’s Church, Whyke, PO19 7AD. They will be joined by the Noviomagus Ensemble and conducted by Sachin Gunga. Tickets £12, £5 (students), U18s free.
Read more at the link below.
On 18 January Winchester Music Club is hosting a Vocal Techniques Workshop.
This will build on some of the techniques and exercises explored during the last workshop 2 years ago, but is suitable for any singer who wishes to brush up on their vocal production.
It will be led by Claire Williams, a professional singer and teacher, who regularly performs as a soloist with choral societies and orchestras around the country, including Southern Sinfonia, Orpheus Orchestra, Amade Players, Musica Poetica and at the St. Endellion Festival, Cornwall.
She will be assisted by Jamal Sutton, who as well as being her husband, is Assistant Director of Music and Organist at Charterhouse School and previously was Acting Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College.
The workshop will be held in the Lower School Hall at
The Westgate School
2.30pm – 5pm Workshop (including a break for tea and cake)
Tickets are £15 each from Ticketsource.
Funtington Music Group’s Christmas concert will feature Olivia Moss (soprano) and Tina Gelnere (mezzo-soprano), accompanied by Chris Coote (piano).
They will perform a programme of popular classical arias and duets in Chichester University Cloisters on Wednesday, December 11 at 7.30pm.
The singers will perform songs by Brahms, Richard Strauss, Debussy, Copland and Poulenc together with arias and duets from Handel’s Alcina and Ariodante, Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Don Giovanni and Cosi fan Tutte, Gounod’s Faust, Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel and Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. There will also be humorous songs by George Gershwin and Cole Porter and seasonal arias from Handel’s Messiah together with carol arrangements.
Read more at the link below.
On Saturday 7 December at 7pm the Bognor Regis Music Club will be holding a xylophone concert given by Christopher Beaumont accompanied by Derek Carden on piano. It will feature a variety of original pieces by the astronomer Patrick Moore as well as arrangements of various composers’ works, some of which share a connection with Patrick. Read more about Patrick, Christopher and Derek on the concert page.
On Thursday 5 December at 7:30pm in The Assembly Rooms, Chichester, the Rowland Kudritskaya partnership brings together two of the most exciting and adventurous artists performing today. Since meeting at the Kuhmo Festival in 2011 the duo has appeared at festivals all over the world, including Oxford, Osnabrück, Cividale, Elverum and Düsseldorf; and also at Daniel’s own festival in Stift in the Netherlands. Their two CDs, ‘Les Années Folles’ for Gutman Records and ‘George Enescu Works for Violin and Piano’ for Champs Hill Records have both received extraordinarily high praise, including a five-star review from BBC Music Magazine.
‘Daniel Rowland has a powerful, glamorous tone, and Natacha Kudritskaya matches him every bar of the way for passion, fantasy and precision.’ Gramophone Magazine, Richard Bratby
Tickets from the Chichester Festival Theatre box office.
Mozart Violin Sonata in E minor K304
Franck Violin Sonata in A major
and works by Debussy, Stravinsky, Boulanger and Ravel
We are destined to enjoy a superb December tea-time concert at Holy Trinity this coming Sunday. Andy Quin, professional composer and performer returns to us bringing with him David Edwards, trumpet maker and player who performs at HTC for the first time. They are planning an hour of music on organ, piano and trumpet, bringing us a wide range of music to include some improvisations, Andy’s own compositions, well know classics and some with a Christmas theme – who could ask for more . . . Join us to give Andy and David a HUGE welcome and enjoy an hour of fun and fabulous music. FREE ENTRANCE with retiring collection; tea and cakes to follow!
Portsmouth Philharmonic get their twelfth season of charity concerts up and running on Sunday 1 December with a performance of Beethoven’s seventh symphony in aid of Cystic Fibrosis.
The orchestra, which was formed in 2009, will be performing at the Church of the Resurrection, Brecon Avenue, Drayton at 3pm on Sunday December 1 and the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr David Fuller, will be among the audience as an invited guest.
Supporting the programme will be performances of Rossini’s Thieving Magpie Overture and Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel Overture.
Since it was founded, the orchestra has raised more than £18,000 for local charities and has gone from strength to strength. This time it will be the Cystic Fibrosis Trust who will benefit.
Chair of the Portsmouth Philharmonic, Di Lloyd, said: “It’s always a pleasure to play at the church as it is our home venue, as we rehearse in the hall here every Sunday evening.
“This concert has been a challenge for us all to prepare, but we are confident people will really enjoy what we are going to play. The first two pieces are very well-known and Beethoven’s seventh is also a popular piece.
“We also have a special surprise up our sleeve as well. Our conductor Hugh carpenter likes to keep the audience on its toes.
“It is great to be able to raise money for a well worthwhile charity, so we hope to see as many people there as possible. Light refreshments will be served at the interval in exchange for a donation to the charity.”
Advance tickets for the concert, priced £8 for adults (fees apply), are available online at skiddle.com and tickets will also be available on the door. Under 18s accompanied by an adult are free.
Pianist and lecturer Angela Zanders will be presenting another of her popular courses in Music Appreciation at the New Park Centre, Chichester, starting in January 2020, entitled ‘Early Romanticism in Music’.
The 10-week course, which takes place on Mondays 1.30pm – 3.30pm and starts on 13th January will explore the lives and music of such well-known composers as Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin and Schumann, as well as less familiar, but nevertheless significant ones.
Using PowerPoint slides and videos as well as demonstrating at the piano, Angela will introduce the historical background to the early Romantic period with its relationship to the changes brought about to European society by the French and Industrial Revolutions and the influence of literature and art.
“I love to bring classical music alive for people and to instil in them a desire to listen to familiar music in a new way and from a new perspective, as well as introducing music they may not have heard before,” said Angela. “At the beginning of the 19th century there was a magnificent flowering of music which, like the work of the great poets of the day, was characterised by an outpouring of emotion about love, loss, the beauty of nature and a yearning for the ‘ideal’. Despite his retiring personality and tragic circumstances, Schubert’s songs revealed him to be a master of sublime melody while Chopin, suffering from consumption and living far from his beloved Poland, produced piano music of intense beauty and emotion which introduced techniques in piano playing never heard before. Each composer of the period had a special significance, including ones whose music may not be very familiar to some.”
Please contact Angela for more details at email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 07582 537123. The cost of the course is £100.
– 10 Week Course on Mondays
– 1.30pm – 3.30pm with a coffee break
– Fee: £100
– January 13th, 20th, 27th; February 3rd, 10th, 24th; March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra come to the Portsmouth Guildhall for a concert of music by Vaughan Williams, Elgar & Holst on Thursday 21 November.
The Planets remains by far Holst’s most popular work. Indeed, its popularity came to distress him during his lifetime. He may have achieved, in later years, things that were more profound and more deeply personal in their expression, but The Planets is the first fully effective statement of his maturity; its conception has a boldness, excitement and epic sweep that remain immediately impressive after a hundred hearings. It is one of the 20th century’s great colouristic showpieces.
Vaughan Williams once said that the work was “the perfect equilibrium” of Holst’s nature – the melodic, precise and structured, combined with the mystic and unexplainable. Among the earliest evidence of Vaughan Williams weaving the threads of English folk music into the fabric of his creativity were the three Norfolk Rhapsodies into which he incorporated several melodies from the region. The opening of the first evokes the sky and space of East Anglia and soon a solo viola quotes the tragic and beautiful song The Captain’s Apprentice which dominates the score and gives it a haunting quality.
Elgar’s ebullient concert overture has everything that is most admired about his music – wonderful melody, nobility of expression and moving passion. Written whilst on holiday in the Italian Riviera, it was inspired by the pastoral countryside and reminders of Ancient Rome.
Vaughan Williams – Norfolk Rhapsody No.1
Elgar – In the South
Holst – The Planets
Conductor: David Hill (pictured)
Rowans Hospice, in conjunction with Portsmouth Cathedral Choir and The Renaissance Choir, is hosting a Christmas Concert by Candlelight on Saturday 7 December to celebrate 25 years of the Hospice and raise money for its Silver Jubilee Appeal – an ambitious capital appeal to raise funds to redevelop the hospice building to ensure it is fit for future care.
The concert programme will include beautifully written music from the 17th to the 21st century and carols to celebrate the festive season. The feast of seasonal music will include Renaissance music by Lassus, pieces from “The Messiah”, settings by Willcocks and Leighton, as well as modern works by composers such as Rutter and Chilcott. There will be old favourites including “Hark the Herald” and “Carol of the Bells”.
Limited tickets are still available for this concert from the Rowans Silver Jubilee website. Tickets start from just £10.00 and all money raised by this event will go to supporting the renovation of Rowans Hospice.
Rowans Hospice Silver Jubilee Appeal is an ambitious capital appeal project in 3 phases that will improve the overall experience for patients, families and carers. Phase 1 of the project will involve a complete renovation of the hospice building including bringing patients rooms up to date with modern technology and design elements and improving communal areas. This work will ensure that the hospice can continue to deliver outstanding care for the next 25 years and beyond.
Why not get into the Christmas Spirit by coming along to Portsmouth Choral Union’s Christmas Concert on Saturday 14 December 2019 at St. Mary’s Church, Portsea?
In addition to Carols Old and New, and Carols for everyone, we will perform Jonathan Rathbone’s amazing ‘Mr Fezziwig’s Christmas Party’. This festive work, narrated by St. Mary’s very own Canon Bob White, will appeal to audiences both young and old.
In it, Mr Fezziwig – a character from Charles Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ – is instructing a young Scrooge and his fellow apprentice Dick, to ready the premises for their annual Christmas Party. They enjoy music and dancing and when finally the joyous evening comes to a close, the older and more familiar Scrooge, is forced to reflect on his own ethics and behaviour as an employer.
Come and sing Matthew Coleridge’s intensely beautiful and deeply moving Requiem in a choral workshop at Portsmouth’s historic ‘Cathedral of the Sea’ on Saturday 8 February 2020. In the evening, we’ll give a concert performance, conducted by the composer.
This melodic and quietly powerful music, which weaves flowing choral melodies with soaring cello lines to form rich tapestries of sound, was hailed by the late Sir Neville Marriner as “a valuable addition to the 21st century choral repertoire.”
We’ll begin the day’s workshop in the oldest part of the Cathedral – the medieval Chapel of St Thomas – learning the Requiem with Matthew and David Price (Master of the Choristers) at the piano. After lunch we’ll move into the Nave for rehearsals with our soloists.
Before our evening performance, there will be a chance to hear the Cathedral Choir sing choral Evensong.
Book now for an unforgettable day of music-making in the beautiful acoustics of this intimate cathedral. See https://www.matthewcoleridge.com/portsmouth for further info.
“A glorious piece to sing… a lot of us were in tears by the end of it”
Teresa Stubbs – Buckfast Abbey workshop 2019
Details of the day
09:00 singer registration and distribution of music (music hire is included in the workshop fee).
09:30 morning rehearsals. Matthew will guide us through his Requiem, accompanied by David Price at the piano. There will be a mid-morning refreshments break, and some short sectional rehearsals.
12:15 break for lunch.
13:45 – 16:45 afternoon rehearsal, with cellist Sarah Gait and soprano Emily Hicks, and David Price at the organ. We’ll also be joined by a percussionist.
19:00 – 20:00 concert performance. You’ll sing Matthew’s Requiem in an atmospheric concert in the beautifully lit cathedral. Also in the programme will be Arvo Pärt’s exquisite Spiegel im Spiegel for cello and organ, and Sarah will perform an improvisation on the cello.
We are thrilled to be welcoming Anthony Gritten (Royal Academy of Music) to our recital series with a programme at 1pm on Monday 18 November that is designed to please and impress. This is Anthony’s first appearance at Holy Trinity and we are excited to hear him play. Join us for half an hour of wonderful music to start your week in relaxation and peace. . . Free entrance to the public with retiring collection . . . Bring your lunch and enjoy a unique start to your week . . . See you there!
To access Anthony’s programme, please follow the link below:
The Shopwyke Singers celebrate their quarter of a century with a special concert at Boxgrove Priory on Sunday, November 24 at 7pm.
They will be joined by The Little London Ensemble – formed specially for the occasion – for a programme featuring Monteverdi – Beatus Vir; Handel – Zadok the Priest; and Schubert – Mass in G.
The Shopwyke Singers is a chamber choir based at Westbourne House School, which was founded by Alex Dichmont, the school’s director of music, initially as a group for parents and staff.
It has since welcomed numerous singers from outside the school community.
Read more on the Chichester Observer website.