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

West Dean College music events

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


Chichester Cathedral music events

Chichester Cathedral’s popular Lunchtime Concerts take place on Tuesdays at 1.10pm during term time, in the spectacular setting of the Cathedral Nave. They are completely free and last approximately 50 minutes.

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 lmassistant@chichestercathedral.org.uk or call 01243 812488.

Other music events at the Cathedral are also listed here, as well as news.


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.

 


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.


Bognor Regis Music Club

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.


Chichester Music Society

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.


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.


Havant Music Festival

The 4th Havant Music Festival will take place at various venues in and around Havant, Emsworth and Hayling Island from 22 April to 2 May 2021.

Come and enjoy a variety of music, from folk, choral, gospel through to classical.

Our aim is to raise money 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.


Festival of Chichester

The 2020 Festival has been cancelled owing to the Coronavirus. 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.


Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir

Formed in 1940 as the Portsmouth City Police Choir, it was in demand to lift morale and for fund-raising activities in the battered city. After police reorganisation in 1967 it became the Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir.

The choir is one of the leading male voice choirs from the South of England. It is noted for its magnificent sound and is received with enthusiastic and warm appreciation by the many audiences, large and small, to whom it sings each year. The choir invariably creates a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, whilst maintaining the highest musical standards. Its concerts raise considerable sums of money for charities, and the choir promotes the Hampshire Constabulary’s Crime Prevention, Community Safety and Trading Standards messages.

Our repertoire is extensive and covers all genres of music ranging from the most sacred to sea shanties, folk songs and “show stoppers”. Music from current shows like Les Misérables is popular with audiences who are often asked to re-live the past and recollect melodies from South Pacific, Gilbert & Sullivan and many more. Each performance programme is carefully compiled to take into account the nature of the occasion.

The choir has over fifty members and it is from within its own ranks that soloists are selected; each one capable of singing solos from grand opera to well-known love songs of yesteryear.

New members are always welcome. You do not have to be a policeman – just someone who enjoys singing and would like the opportunity of singing with us. We practise from 19:00 to 21:30 every Wednesday evening at Sarisbury Green Social Club, Addison Road, Sarisbury Green.

Our MD is Geoff Porter. Our accompanist is Nigel Smith.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Solent MVC

The Solent Male Voice Choir is a four-part all-male choir. It will be 60 in 2021. We currently have around 30 choir members and we sing for fun, singing in four to six concerts per year. We rehearse every Tuesday in The Pallant Hall. The Pallant Centre, Havant, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. New members and visiting choristers are always welcome.


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.


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.


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