In 2021 the Portsmouth Chamber Music Series is in its eighteenth season, bringing world-class musicians to the city. In partnership with Music in the Round and the Guildhall Trust, we present the finest music in informal surroundings where you are never more than a few metres from the performers.
Colin Jagger, Director of Music, University of Portsmouth
“No other regional British orchestras – few London ones for that matter – offer more interesting programming the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra” The Daily Telegraph
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is a world-class ensemble known for spearheading change both on and off the stage since 1893. The Orchestra is highly regarded for its ambitious programming and recordings, with its Prokofiev cycle and survey of Eastern European music under the baton of Chief Conductor Kirill Karabits receiving recent acclaim. The BSO serves a 10,000-square mile region, touring around 140 performances each year to audiences in South West England and beyond.
A bold champion of new talent the BSO boasts an enviable list of principal conductors, from Marin Alsop – the first female principal conductor of a major UK orchestra – to Constantin Silvestri, Paavo Berglund and Andrew Litton. A commissioner of new music, the BSO has worked with composers Mark Anthony Turnage, Sally Beamish and James Macmillan in recent years.
The BSO’s discography charts a number of landmark moments in 20th-century music including its pioneering 1914 recordings under Dan Godfrey for HMV; seminal performances of Nordic works with Paavo Berglund in the 1970s; to a survey of American and Soviet works – under Litton, Alsop and Karabits.
Changing lives through the power of music remains at the core of all that the BSO does. The Orchestra were Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year’ in 2017, before presenting the world’s first professional disabled-led ensemble at the BBC Proms in 2018.
Read a profile of Terry Barfoot, consultant and commissioning editor for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Chichester Cathedral’s popular Lunchtime Concerts take place on Tuesdays at 1pm during term time, in the spectacular setting of the Cathedral Nave. They are completely free and last approximately 50 minutes. In 2021 we’ve also developed a series of online offerings – please see the news items below.
You are welcome to come and go as you please. Coffee is available at no charge, and some visitors even bring a sandwich! There is the opportunity to make a voluntary donation at the end of each concert, which helps us to cover costs.
If you’d like to join our email list to receive details of forthcoming concerts in advance, please contact Charlotte Rattray on email@example.com or call 01243 812488.
Other music events at the Cathedral are also listed here, as well as news.
Petworth Festival will run from 14 to 31 July 2021, subject to government regulations.
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.
Read the notices below for further information.
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
The Regis Music and Concert Club was formed in 1977 to promote the performance of vocal and instrumental chamber music for members and visitors. The inaugural concert was held on 22nd January 1978. The name was changed twenty-two years later to Bognor Regis Music Club.
Recitals are held in Regency-style premises, boasting a minstrels’ gallery, and ideally suited for the performance of small-scale works. The Concert Room is particularly popular with chamber groups because of the high ceiling and friendly proportions. It was used extensively for concerts until 1883, when it also served as the Town Council Chamber.
Established musicians are engaged to provide recitals of high musical standard and varied content.
In addition Members’ Musical Evenings provide an opportunity for members to perform at the club in an informal setting.
Please see the Noticeboard for an announcement about the change of name: FMG becomes Chichester Music Society!
Chichester Music Society (CMS), formally Funtington Music Group, meets nine times a year, in the evening and usually on the second Wednesday of the month, at the Chapel of the Ascension at the University of Chichester on the Bishop Otter Campus, not far from the centre of the City of Chichester.
The Society’s annual musical programme is full of variety and includes concert appearances by well-known artists and ensembles, illustrated lecture-recitals and guest appearances by international celebrities.
CMS has developed a most enjoyable and mutually rewarding relationship with the University and is grateful for the support it receives both from the Vice-Chancellor and the Head of Music, Ben Hall. In return, the Society provides the concert opportunity and the prizes for the popular Annual Student Showcase Concert, as well as bursaries for deserving students.
Society members pay an annual fee for the programme of nine events and receive a generous discount on the individual ticket price.
Visitors are welcome to any meeting. Tickets at £15 are available at the door from 7.15pm or may be pre-booked on 01243 378900.
See also the entries for the University of Chichester.
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.
The 4th Havant Music Festival is planned to take place on the weekend of 23-24 April 2021 and over the course of the following week.
Our aim is to raise money and awareness to keep music going in our schools and help the new generation of musicians to establish some sort of career.
Run by local people for local people. Played by local musicians.
Ten years ago, a handful of musicians got together in the village of Meonstoke to play folk music. The group got bigger, more experienced and morphed into the Meonstoke Village Band. Soon, musicians joined from further afield. Six brass players and a percussionist joined. The woodwind section also grew and the whole ensemble of forty people re-badged itself as the Meon Valley Orchestra.
Today the MVO plays a wide selection of popular classical music under the direction of Lorraine Masson, a professional violin, viola and flute player.
The MVO has raised thousands of pounds through its annual charity concert in the United Reformed Church, Fareham.
The 2021 festival will fun from Saturday 12 June to Sunday 11 July.
The Festival of Chichester is a month-long celebration of the arts running from mid-June to mid-July each year in the historic city of Chichester. Classical music, rock, blues, jazz, folk, pop, theatre, exhibitions, poetry, books, talks, walks, cinema and much more.
We are pleased to welcome both local and international performers of the highest calibre to our historic city.
St. Peter’s Road, Hayling Island, PO11 0RX. See https://musicinportsmouth.co.uk/Venues/st-peters-church-hayling-island for info on the Church.
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.
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
Music Events at St Faith’s Church, Victoria Square, Lee-on-Solent, PO13 9NF
The next Petersfield Musical Festival would have run from Friday 12 to Saturday 22 March 2021 but it has unfortunately had to be cancelled.
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.
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 Mary’s Music Foundation
The Organ Project
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.
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.
Ports Fest 2021 will run between Friday 2 and Sunday 4 July 2021. Read more.
Chichester Symphony Orchestra has been part of the musical life of Chichester for many years. As a highly regarded amateur orchestra, we aim to provide exciting and memorable concerts for the community and surrounding areas.
We normally give four concerts a year at venues in Chichester. Our summer concert usually forms part of the Festival of Chichester, and we perform regularly as part of Chichester Cathedral’s Lunchtime Concert Series.
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.
Classical music is alive and kicking at Portsmouth’s Music Club where you can hear rising young performers as well as established local musicians of the highest professional standard, playing for you in an attractive and intimate venue which boasts a fine Steinway grand piano.
The perfect place to attend your first classical concert! The Club is open to all including young people, students, and children from 7 years old.
The Michael Nott Rotunda is within the Portsmouth Grammar School, Old Portsmouth.
The venue also benefits from free parking in the school grounds and nearby streets, and refreshments are available during the interval.
Come and see for yourself – we are waiting to welcome you!
Please refer to the Long Term Diary for listings of future meetings of the Portsmouth Music Club.
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.
Also see the entries for the Chichester Music Society, which is associated with the Conservatoire.
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.
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.
The Portsmouth Light Orchestra (PLO), was formed in 1936 and has grown into a healthy orchestral ensemble of about 40 players, in which all sections of the orchestra are represented.
We are purely amateur and perform concerts for charitable events and other good causes. The aim of the Portsmouth Light Orchestra is to enable players of varying ages and standards to play and enjoy music once a week in a friendly and relaxed environment. We rehearse diligently in preparation for our concerts and gain much pleasure from this experience.
Petersfield Orchestra is proud to have been a part of the musical life in Petersfield for 90 years. Our aim is to provide our members with challenging, rewarding and enjoyable music to rehearse, leading to participation in memorable concerts.
We give three concerts each year in the Petersfield Festival Hall, in November, March and June, with the March concert forming part of the Petersfield Musical Festival.
The Portsmouth Philharmonic is one of the most active orchestras of Portsmouth, England.
It performs predominantly classical and romantic repertoire.
The growing professionalism and ever increasingly demanding repertoire of the Philharmonic have established the orchestra in Portsmouth’s musical sphere and is building a devoted and appreciative audience.
Individual abilities range from amateur to professional.
The orchestra provides local players with an opportunity to develop and pursue their passion in the wider community in a fair and engaging environment.
The orchestra has so far raised nearly £20,000 for over 25 charities.
Havant Symphony Orchestra provides opportunities for amateur instrumentalists to rehearse regularly and to perform symphony orchestra concerts. We bring exciting live classical music to the Havant area.
We rehearse on Friday evenings in Havant and perform four regular concerts per year, usually in Waterlooville and Hayling Island.
HSO and its sister orchestra, Havant Chamber Orchestra, form The Havant Orchestras, which are administered by Havant and District Orchestral Society.
Havant Chamber Orchestra performs small-scale orchestral repertoire to a high standard and currently presents three concerts per year at Ferneham Hall in Fareham with occasional additional concerts by its string section in Emsworth. Membership is by invitation.
HCO and its sister orchestra, Havant Symphony Orchestra, form The Havant Orchestras, which are administered by Havant and District Orchestral Society.
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The SSO was founded in 1992 by a number of forward-thinking musicians. Given the city of Portsmouth’s rich cultural heritage, the need for a first-class symphony orchestra was recognised and accordingly the SSO was established.
Since its inception, the orchestra has provided a forum for local musicians to perform in historic venues as part of a regular concert series. Our current musicians range in profession, from teachers to students, marines to computer programmers.
The Solent Symphony Orchestra has recognised its important and unique musical role within the city of Portsmouth. The orchestra is constantly seeking new ways to broaden the experience of both its players and the audience.
A link has been forged with the Portsmouth Music Festival, thus enabling, each year, an outstanding young local musician the opportunity to perform a concerto with a symphony orchestra.
Many new works by local composers have been premiered by the orchestra alongside classics of the symphony orchestra repertoire.
Whilst our concerts have traditionally been held in the two cathedrals of Portsmouth, the orchestra is also keen to play in a wide variety of local venues and has performed at St Mary’s Church, Fratton; the Royal Marines Museum; St Agatha’s Church; Romsey Abbey and St Mary’s Church, Southampton.
Please read a review of the D-Day 75th-anniversary concert on 20 June 2019.