For the latest amateur classical music listings in and around Portsmouth, including Fareham, Petersfield, Chichester, Havant and Hayling Island

Petworth Festival

Petworth Festival has a long history of working with the finest artists and performers across the genres, but from the outset, classical music has formed the core of the annual Summer event.

The new AUTUMN FESTIVAL will now run between Friday 16 October – Sunday 1 November 2020 and will once again boast a top-drawer line up of performers, all regulars on the biggest platforms of the world. Read the notices below for further information.

 


Nos Miseri Homines

NMH was founded in 2013 by a group of Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars from the world famous choir of Christ Church, Oxford.

Drawing on outstanding young professional singers from London colleges and consorts, Oxford and Cambridge colleges, and Winchester and Chichester Cathedrals, the choir has attracted attention for its intimate performances and fresh exciting blend.

NMH takes its name from the opening line of the grace read out each evening before dinner at Christ Church. ’Nos miseri homines et egeni…’ meaning ‘We unworthy and miserable men…’. It is not a comment on the disposition of the singers.


Portsmouth Music Festival

Portsmouth Music Festival was founded during World War I in an attempt to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Portsmouth in 1917.

Today, the 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 to be staged in our city, and possibly the most educational and informative.

The 2020 Festival runs from 8 February to 7 March. Read the Portsmouth Music Festival 2020 programme.


Portsmouth Grammar School music events

PGS has a long-standing tradition of musical excellence. Music plays a key part in the life of the school and the Music Department is an exciting, vibrant place. Music for all is a fundamental principle and we believe that taking part in a musical ensemble is important not only in developing musical skills but also in fostering a strong sense of community within the department and school. There is a wide range of over 40 ensembles for all abilities and frequent workshops and performance opportunities. Visiting artists include the London Mozart Players, Jason Rebello Trio, the Maggini Quartet, the Tallis Scholars, Peter Donohoe and O Duo.

This page will list all relevant public events hosted by The Portsmouth Grammar School.

Please read a review of the D-Day 75th-anniversary concert on 20 June 2019.


Shopwyke Singers

Founded in 1994 by Alexander Dichmont, The Shopwyke Singers is a chamber choir based in Chichester. Currently numbering some forty singers, the choir’s repertoire spans from the Renaissance to the present day and it gives several concerts a year in local venues, particularly Boxgrove Priory.

Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays from 7.30-9.30pm at Westbourne House School.


St Peter’s Church Hayling Music Events

St. Peter’s Road, Hayling Island, PO11 0RX. See https://musicinportsmouth.co.uk/Venues/st-peters-church-hayling-island for info on the Church.


St. Mary’s Church Portchester Music Events

See https://musicinportsmouth.co.uk/Venues/st-marys-church-portchester for info on this Church.

St Mary’s Church within Portchester Castle has wonderful acoustics and is widely known for its concerts and lunchtime recitals.

Lunchtime recitals, which are free, take place on Thursdays at 1pm in the summer and are organised by The Director of Music, David Cain. Please see below for this year’s schedule.

Concerts are organised by Michael Moore and range from secular and choral to jazz and The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines. There are normally 4 or 5 each year. They are always on Fridays and start at 7.30pm sharp. There is an interval where wine and soft drinks are available – these are free, but donations are always welcome as the evenings are designed to raise money for charity with a contribution to the church.

See the Long Term Diary for the Summer Lunchtime Concert Series 2020, or visit http://www.stmary-portchester.org.uk/blog/music.


St Faith’s Church Havant music events

Events are in aid of the church ‘Big Build’ fund. See http://stfaith.com/big-build-campaign/ for more details.

2 North St, Havant PO9 1PR


St Faith’s Lee Music Events

Music Events at St Faith’s Church, Victoria Square, Lee-on-Solent, PO13 9NF


Petersfield Musical Festival

The next Petersfield Musical Festival runs from Friday 12 to Saturday 22 March 2021. Read more in the 46 PMF 2021_Choral_music_brochure_March_2021.

For more than a century, the Festival has promoted music-making in and around Petersfield. It now provides a varied programme of choral, orchestral, family and youth concerts, smaller-scale recitals and guest performances. Over 600 local singers and instrumentalists of all ages share the platform with visiting musicians of national and international standing.

The Festival’s Michael Hurd Memorial Fund supports young musicians through grants and events. The Festival takes place at the Petersfield Festival Hall, built for the purpose and officially opened in 1935. The Festival is a registered charity, run for the benefit of the community, not for profit.

Read a Review of the Petersfield Musical Festival 2019 – reviews and articles about all the concerts.


Chichester Chorale

The Chichester Chorale was formed in 2004 under the joint direction of Arthur Robson and Mark Wardell and has given three concerts a year every year since and has also sung the occasional Evensong in Chichester and Salisbury Cathedrals. It has around 40 singers from all walks of life and, because of its association with the University of Chichester, has had a good sprinkling of students from time to time.

Traditionally our spring concert has often been with professional soloists and orchestra or instrumental ensemble in and around Chichester; this has given the choir the opportunity to perform larger works in combination with the University Chamber Choir.

A couple of years ago we had our first choir tour to Bruges, singing at the Menin Gate and various churches in Ghent and beyond.

Over the years repertoire has included: Beethoven Mass in C, Brahms Requiem, Britten St Nicholas, Bruckner Motets, Byrd motets, Charpentier Te Deum, Elgar part-songs, Faure Requiem, Handel Coronation Anthems, Messiah, Eternal Source of Light Divine, Haydn Creation, St Nicholas Mass, Little Organ Mass, Te Deum, Nelson Mass, Insanae vanae curae, Mendelssohn Choral Symphony, Mozart Mass in C, Mass in D major, Mass in D minor, Solemn Vespers, Palestrina motets, Stanford part-songs, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in Bb, Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor, Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Verdi Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria, Magnificat, Dixit Dominus.

The Chichester Chorale is an auditioned group of singers and the quality of the singing over the years has been very high; sight-reading is an important skill which aids speed of learning and the range of repertoire and everyone is expected to be competent in this area.


Chantry Quire

Chantry Quire was formed in 1999 by Christopher Larley at Chichester, to promote new music and help young local singers gain experience. Directed by Peter Allwood since 2015, the choir now draws singers from across Sussex, though maintaining a core of Chichester musicians, and gives concerts in the city and surrounding area. Chantry Quire perfoms a wide range of repertoire, from the Renaissance to the present day, much of which is a cappella.


St Mary’s Music Foundation

The St Mary’s Music Foundation holds concerts to raise money for music education work with local children, and also supports theorganproject.org which seeks to preserve the famous 125 year old Walker organ in St Mary’s Church, Portsea, for the local community and future generations. Further info on the St Mary’s Portsea parish website.


Chichester Voices

Chichester Voices was initially formed in 1992 of musicians working at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, but soon opened its doors to non-medics. The choir mainly works with charities ‘involved in the relief of human suffering’ and well over £100,000 has been raised over the years. Beneficiaries include: St Wilfrid’s Hospice, British Heart Foundation, Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, ARC, Cancer Wise and Friends of Chichester Hospitals.

The choir now numbers around 20, with many accomplished local musicians amongst the singers, performing a wide repertoire of music, from ancient to modern, plainsong to jazz and sacred to secular, allowing it to tailor its programmes to the occasion. The choir gives three to four concerts a year and regularly sings services in our great cathedrals.


Holy Trinity Fareham Music Events

There are lunchtime concerts at Holy Trinity Church, West Street, Fareham, PO16 0EL, on the last Tuesday of each month from April to November. They run from 12.30pm to 1.15pm. Entrance is free, with a retiring collection towards our Church Refurbishment Fund. Visitors are welcome to bring their own lunch, and refreshments are served.


St Peter’s Church Petersfield Music Events

Listed here are concerts and recitals at St Peter’s Church which are not listed elsewhere on this website. Please see https://musicinportsmouth.co.uk/Venues/st-peters-church-petersfield for these other listings.

St Peter’s is located at The Square, Petersfield GU32 3HS. See http://stpeterspetersfield.org.uk for further info.

Download the 2020 St Peter’s Church Music Events brochure.


Portsmouth Festivities

The 2020 festival has been cancelled owing to the Coronavirus.

The dates for the next festival were to be Friday 12 to Sunday 21 June 2020.

For 10 days in June, we capture imaginations, celebrate diversity and explore Portsmouth’s amazing heritage.

OUR FESTIVITIES

Now entering its 21st year, the Portsmouth Festivities has developed a reputation for providing high-quality events with professional artists in the city’s unique venues. Both regionally and nationally, our reach continues to grow.

OUR VISION

Every year, we will champion the very best of Portsmouth, bringing its rich heritage and thriving cultural scene to the forefront. What’s more, we will help to shape the provision of accessible cultural experiences for all. And every year, we will grow and develop – extending our reach, reputation and impact.

OUR MISSION

To broaden participation in and access to artistic and cultural activities by providing a high-quality programme of performances and events which capture imaginations, celebrate diversity and reflect on the heritage value of Portsmouth.

OUR GOALS

To attract audiences of all ages and communities to Portsmouth
To inspire and involve the city’s diverse communities in our work
To provide opportunities for lifelong learning
To support local artists, cultural and creative organisations.

As a registered charity we rely on sponsorship and receive support from The Portsmouth Grammar School, CH & Co, Portsmouth City Council, Luckett’s Travel, Mayfield School, St Johns College, City Wide Taxis.

We also have a large bank of volunteers who support our small core team to deliver our City-Wide experiences, there are many ways to get involved with the Festivities.

Tickets on sale from Monday 16 March.


Holy Trinity Gosport music events

A tea-time concert is held at from 3.30pm to 4.30pm every first Sunday of the month at the magnificent Holy Trinity Church, Gosport. Every third Monday of the month a lunchtime recital is held from 1pm to 1.30pm, which usually comprises great music played on Handel’s historic organ.

Please see https://musicinportsmouth.co.uk/Venues/holy-trinity-church-gosport for additional events at this Church.


St Richard Singers

Founded in 1970, the St Richard Singers can lay claim to being the oldest chamber choir in Chichester.

The St Richard Singers, based in the centre of Chichester, is a 35-strong chamber choir with a professional Director of Music and Accompanist. We put on three or four major concerts per year including Christmas, Easter, and an annual appearance at the Festival of Chichester.

​We sing both a cappella works and with organ accompaniment, but occasionally we sing with our resident chamber orchestra, the Noviomagus Ensemble, and professional soloists.

​The Choir’s repertoire is wide, drawing on music from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries, ranging from the sacred to the light-hearted. Although most of the Choir’s performances are in the local area, it has performed widely through the South of England, including performances as far apart as Beaulieu Abbey and the Mansion House in London.

We rehearse each Monday evening at St.George’s Church, Whyke. It is a beautiful church with a wonderful acoustic – one of the best in the city, and we are fortunate to call it home.


Froxfield Choir

Froxfield Choir was formed in 1976 by Elizabeth Gotto.

We have around 45 members and our repertoire extends from the great choral works, such as Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat in D major and David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus, to lesser known pieces. As well as two or three major concerts each year, we also lead at least one Evensong service in St Peter’s church in High Cross, Froxfield.

The choir is occasionally available for weddings, funerals or other services.


Lee Choral Society

Lee Choral Society has a history of over fifty years and a passion for quality performance. If you enjoy singing or listening to great choral music, then you’ve come to the right place.

Members of Lee Choral Society put on two formal concerts each year (at Christmas and in the summer) and a third, lighter event at the end of the academic year.


Gemini Consort

The Gemini Consort is a group of 12 experienced musicians, who all sing and some of whom play instruments.  The aim is to use all their talents, so they perform solos, duets and vocal works in 4, 6 and 8 parts.  The music performed ranges from the Baroque to the present day e.g. Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Poulenc, Britten and especially works by Arvo Pärt and James MacMillan.  The solo instruments are recorder, flute and trumpet.

Entrance to all concerts is free and the retiring collection is given to The Rosemary Foundation, a local hospice.

Profile: Lucy Humphris (a member of the Gemini Consort).


Petersfield Choir

The Petersfield Choir sings rich and varied choral music from the 16th Century to the present day. We specialise in lively unaccompanied singing with the emphasis on great harmony and entertainment.

As with all concerts by The Petersfield Choir, entrance is free and you don’t have to be a classical music boffin to enjoy it – entertaining music with universal appeal has been chosen, and no specialist knowledge is required.  All are welcome, including children.


University of Chichester Conservatoire

The University of Chichester Conservatoire has one of the largest and liveliest music departments in the UK with a community of over 400 student performers. Our facilities include computerised recording and media studios, well-equipped practice rooms and an acoustically superb performance venue.

Please see 31 Showcase October 2020 to January 2021 (12 MB).

Also see the entries for the Chichester Music Society, which is associated with the Conservatoire.


University of Portsmouth Music Department

We offer lots of ways to get involved in music-making at the University of Portsmouth.

Our aim is to provide accessible and enjoyable opportunities for students, staff and members of the local community.

We bring diverse groups of people together to listen and participate in music in a number of different settings. We also help individuals to realise their musical potential.

We embrace all levels from beginners to advanced performers and provide a supportive, friendly and socially vibrant environment to engage with music.

We offer specialist facilities, a range of different ensembles, numerous listening and performing opportunities, links with the curriculum and specialist staff to support musical learning. The Music Department also offers a wide range of activities for students who are interested in music, regardless of which degree they are studying for.

Groups on offer include Choir, Orchestra, Concert Band, Big Band, and the Dramatic and Musical Society. A variety of smaller ensembles such as string quartets and brass quintets are also available according to need. In addition, some instruments are available for hire, and private tuition can be arranged for most instruments as well as voice and music theory.

See also Portsmouth Chamber Music Series.


Portsmouth Cathedral music events

At Portsmouth Cathedral you will find a much acclaimed Cathedral Choir of men and boys, a close harmony group (formed from our Choral Scholars), Cathedral Consort (mixed adults), our mixed youth choir Cantate, superb Organ playing by our resident team of musicians, Jazz extempory and a myriad of groups and orchestras performing concerts.

Please read a review of the D-Day 75th-anniversary concert on 20 June 2019.


Hayling Island Choir

We are a mixed choir with a membership of about 60.

It was in 1984 that the call went out to Hayling Islanders to ‘Come, sing with Joy’ that resulted in the Choir being formed. The invitation is still open today, and we welcome new members and we emphasise fun – we are a friendly, social, community Choir – our rehearsals are enjoyable!

As with most choirs, men are in short supply and are particularly welcomed.

We sing in four parts – Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass (SATB). Whilst the ability to read music and even to sight read is desirable it is by no means a requirement for joining the choir. All that we ask is that you can sing in tune, and blend with the rest of the choir. We usually perform three concerts a year.

We are a registered Charity (Reg. No.1104539) and as such one of our objectives is to foster music among young people.

Please refer to the Long Term Diary for listings of future concerts by the Hayling Island Choir. “No concerts planned” as set out below is not correct!


Milton Glee Choir

Milton Glee Choir is a 4-part harmony choir of over 100 people who love to sing. We celebrated our 70th anniversary in 2018.

We rehearse most Fridays at St James Church Hall in Milton at 7:30pm.

We are fortunate to have Andrew Cleary as our musical director and Ian Walker as our pianist. What talent between them!

We perform several concerts a year; usually two at the Portsmouth Guildhall and other charity concerts at a variety of venues.

We enjoy a long-standing relationship with the various Bands of HM Royal Marines who regularly accompany us.

Our musical repertoire covers a broad spectrum including Pop, Music from the movies and musicals and films, Classical pieces, gospel music songs and World Music – truly something for everyone. We have musical arrangements written especially for us to perform.

We would love to see you at our concerts. Please check our website or Facebook page for more information or to book tickets. We are also keen to welcome new members – please feel free to contact us if you are interested – you would receive a warm welcome!


Portsmouth Choral Union

The Portsmouth Choral Union was founded in 1880 as the Portsmouth Temperance Choral Union. The choir is now one of the leading large amateur choruses in the south of England. The musical direction of distinguished conductor David Gostick has extended the repertoire to cover most of the established choral masterpieces and a range of contemporary works. These include new commissions by the PCU, such as Ian Schofield’s Te Deum (2000) and previous musical director Jonathan Willcocks’s A Great and Glorious Victory.

The PCU frequently sings with the highly acclaimed professional orchestra, Southern Pro Musica, though performances have also been given with the Bournemouth Symphony and Guildford Philharmonic Orchestras and, in a particularly happy and productive relationship with the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra.

Choir highlights include:

One of the largest and most acclaimed choirs in the south of England
Directed by talented and dynamic musical director / conductor David Gostick
Holds four major concerts a year
Accompanied by professional orchestras and soloists
Performs the choral repertoire from classics to 21st century works
Encourages new singers and new musicians
Provides tailored tutorials for its members to develop their individual voice
Hosts an annual New Year “come and sing” concert for members of the public and choir
Undertakes regular international tours with performances – France, Belgium, USA (Carnegie Hall, New York and North Carolina), Germany, Canada (Toronto and Niagra) and most recently in 2013 Italy (Tuscany).

Review of “Confitebor Tibi, Domine” by the Portsmouth Choral Union.


The Chichester Singers

The Chichester Singers have been an established part of musical life in Chichester and West Sussex for over 60 years.

The choir performs under the musical direction of Jonathan Willcocks, one of the UK’s foremost choral conductors and composers.

We have over 150 singing members and our repertoire includes a broad range of music from the great choral classics to contemporary works, performed with first-class professional soloists and orchestras.

We currently work with the professional chamber orchestra Southern Pro Musica with most of our concerts in Chichester Cathedral.


Portsmouth Baroque Choir

Portsmouth Baroque Choir currently has approximately 35 members. Although we have a particular interest in music from the Baroque period we perform a wide repertoire of music from the late Renaissance period to the present day. Many works are performed unaccompanied, but we also look for works that can be performed with small orchestral forces, as well as works with organ or piano.

We normally undertake four concerts each year: in October; a Christmas concert in December; at Easter-time; and in midsummer – in churches and cathedrals in Portsmouth and the surrounding district.

We rehearse on Monday evenings during term-time at Buckland Cummunity Centre, Malins Road, Portsmouth. New members are always welcome.


Fareham Philharmonic Choir

Fareham Philharmonic Choir has been singing in and around Fareham for over 100 years. Founded in 1898 by Capt. Eugene Spinney, the choir developed from a group of musically like-minded friends who formed the Fareham Philharmonic Society. Local events led to a regular concert programme and an accompanying Fareham Philharmonic Orchestra.

Today we are a vibrant choir, and sing music from many ages. Come to our next concert or rehearsal … we would be pleased to see you!

Read a profile of our MD, Andrew Cleary.


Cantemus

Cantemus is a mixed voice choir (SATB) with around 40 members, based in Havant in south-east Hampshire.

Our rehearsals take place at Bedhampton Methodist Church on Tuesday evenings during term-time.

We sing a variety of sacred and secular music, giving three public performances every year in the Havant area. Recent programmes have included music by Mozart, Haydn, Handel, Purcell, Lauridsen, Rutter, Jenkins and Chilcott.

Soloists have been drawn from within the choir, from Chichester Cathedral Choir, and from local schools and colleges, furthering our aim to encourage young singers and musicians in their musical careers.

Read a profile of Cantemus’ MD, William Waine.


Portsmouth Festival Choir

Portsmouth Festival Choir, recognised as one of the top choral groups in the region, gives at least three major concerts annually, joined by soloists, orchestral musicians and accompanists of the highest calibre. Its aim is to provide a stimulating musical experience for its members and for its audience in the Portsmouth and Hampshire area.

Portsmouth Festival Choir always welcomes new singers. Rehearsals are from 7.15 to 9.15 on Monday evenings at Portsmouth Academy, next to St Mary’s Church, Fratton.  Contact Hilary Munro (02392 470532) or just come along on the evening.


Renaissance Choir

The Renaissance Choir has a well-earned high reputation for the performance of music from the Renaissance as well as for works from later centuries.

We work hard to maintain high standards and quality of performance. We are a friendly choir of about 30-35 in number, and have performed music in both double and triple choir form, as well as taking part in both Tallis’s Spem in Alium and Striggio’s 40 part Mass. Particular specialisms include the works of William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and Tómas Luis da Victoria, as well as later composers such as Poulenc, Whitacre and Lauridsen.

We usually give four or five concerts a year, and also give performances in the UK, most recently in Exeter and Gloucester Cathedrals.

We have been singing in the Portsmouth area for more than 40 years and have strong links with local performers and our enthusiastic audience.


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