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

Speranza String Quartet

Speranza String Quartet is available for formal recitals, functions, weddings and ceremonies, and for accompanying choral events throughout the UK.

The quartet is keen to promote the work of contemporary composers and also works with other musicians to perform repertoire requiring different forces.

Speranza String Quartet is committed to inspiring and developing future generations of music-lovers, and offers bespoke workshops across a range of educational and other establishments.


West Dean College music events

Music events run by West Dean College, Chichester, PO18 0QZ.


Gosport and District Organ Club

The Gosport Organ Club was formed in 1977 under the leadership of local grocer Mr Harry Cook at the local Thorngate Halls Community Centre.

In 1981 the thriving Club built the organ chambers at the rear of the Ballroom stage for the purpose of installing the Compton Organ from the Regal Hammersmith, however before this could happen the larger 3/12 Compton from the Gaumont Wood Green was obtained and the Hammersmith Compton was sold on. The Compton was installed by club members under the direction of Mr Stuart Jameson of Eastleigh. The console is on castors and is wheeled out from its stowage between the two organ chambers.

The opening concert was performed by John Mann on 21st April 1981. A further Kinura and Trumpet rank were added in 1985. The Compton Pipe Organ is still in its original build state and is only one of two still surviving Comptons with electro-mechanical relay action still playing in the public domain; the other is now the chapel organ in Wormwood Scrubs Prison.

The Gosport and District Organ Club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 1pm. It meets in the Ballroom where Club Members play and listen to the Compton Pipe Organ. After two years repairs and restoration on the Compton, the organ is now back in a concert playable condition and it is hoped there will be more concerts in the future. This is one of the few locations that members can actually play a Compton Cinema Organ on a regular basis, a necessity to keep this magnificent instrument in playable condition. The Thorngate Halls is an excellent location with plenty of parking, bar and restaurant facilities.

Thorngate Halls, Bury Road, Gosport, Hants, PO12 3PX

Annual Subscription: £8
Members monthly subs: £4 (non-players)
£8 (play Compton)


The Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia

Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia is a 40-strong orchestra featuring seven sizes of recorder from the tiny sopranino to the massive contrabass. Its Music Director and Conductor is Christopher Burgess.

Players are drawn from Hampshire and West Sussex and meet for rehearsals in Havant and Winchester, giving three or four concerts a year, mainly in Hampshire but also participating in the annual Festival of Chichester. The repertoire ranges from early to modern music and includes compositions specially written for HRS. The orchestra has recorded three CDs and in 2020 will be celebrating 30 years of concerts.

News: an invitation from The Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia


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.


Chichester Chamber Concerts

If you are looking for classical music in Chichester, look no further than The Assembly Room in the Chichester Council House in North Street, where you will find a rich variety of music from Bach to Stravinsky performed by world-class musicians.

Chichester Chamber Concerts is the name of the society which organises these concerts in October, November, December, January, February and March each year.

Founded in 2006 by Michael Nott, this series of classical chamber music concerts has gone from strength to strength and has become a popular feature of the musical life of Chichester. String quartets were Michael’s particular love and the Skampa, Danish, Arcadia, Doric, Sacconi, Allegri and Heath Quartets have all appeared in CCC seasons.


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.


Consort of Twelve

The Consort of Twelve is an ensemble of musicians which specialises in the performance of Baroque music using the styles, techniques and instruments of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

The Consort was founded in 1982 and has hosted many concerts both in the Chichester area and further afield. It generally gives three concerts a year in the Sussex/Hampshire area. The concerts usually take place in churches, where the acoustics and intimate atmosphere are particularly suited to baroque music.

The make-up of baroque orchestras depends on the repertoire but, typically, it might consist of 13 string instruments, several woodwind players and a harpsichord. The players in such an orchestra are generally directed by the leader, the first violinist, though when working with a choir they might have a conductor.

Many of the players of the Consort 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.

For purchases of tickets, please visit
https://www.consortoftwelve.co.uk/booking-details-and-venues.

2020: Please see this page for St Matthew Passion, which was due to be performed by The Consort of Twelve with the Portsmouth Choral Union on 4 April.


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


Stansted House Musical Evenings

In the elegant music room of Stansted House, PO9 6DX


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.


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.


Los Ladrones

This group specializes in the revival of gems of Victorian and Edwardian British Musical Theatre and especially the lesser known works of Arthur Sullivan.

It comprises Jane Marett, soprano; Irene Cooksey, mezzo; Simon Cooksey, tenor; John Butt, baritone and Michael Powell, bass-baritone with Nigel Smith, piano and Marion Porter, narrator, directed by Geoff Porter.

The group was formed in 2013 and has performed concert versions of Sullivan’s Contrabandista, (from whence it gets its name), The Zoo, Cox & Box and extracts from Haddon Hall, as well as two curtain-raisers, Captain Billy and Mr Jericho.

Los Ladrones has performed at Stansted House, St. Michael’s Church, Chalton, Titchfield Parish Room, East Marden Church and Bognor Regis Music Club.


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.


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