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.


Portsmouth Chamber Music Series 2020-21

The 2019-2020 series has now ended. Here is some info relating to the series of concerts. More info soon.

In 2019 the Portsmouth Chamber Music Series was in its sixteenth 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

 


Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

“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 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.

 


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


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


The Meon Valley Orchestra

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.


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.


XX Miscellaneous Performers XX

This page links to one-off performances in our area.


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.


Opera Comique

Opera Comique was formed in Portsmouth as a charitable trust and has raised many thousands of pounds for numerous local and national causes since it was formed in 1976. Opera Comique’s personnel are all experienced Gilbert and Sullivan enthusiasts drawn from a wide area of the South of England and perform together each year.

Opera Comique has given concerts in the Portsmouth Guildhall and also in many venues in Hampshire, Sussex and Dorset including Portchester and Southsea Castles and in the Guildhall, London and at Basing House. HMS Pinafore and the Pirates of Penzance have been performed on board HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and TS Foudroyant. Overseas tours have taken Opera Comique to Duisburg in Germany, Rauma in Finland, New England USA [including Mystic Seaport, Portsmouth and Sudbury] and Venice – where the Gondoliers has been performed.

Opera Comique has on three occasions arranged events to sing through all the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas in a day, involving many different societies coming to perform an operetta. Sullivan’s rarely performed grand opera Ivanhoe has also been performed as a concert version.

The Trustees of Opera Comique are Kevin Sivyer (Director), David Francis, Laurie Kent and Nigel Smith. Ken Hick is the Honorary President.


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.


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.


Havant Light Opera

Havant Light Opera was founded in 1978 by a team of Gilbert and Sullivan enthusiasts and continues to flourish, specialising in the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. Membership is around 35.

The society performs two stage productions a year at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in Havant. The summer production in June or July is usually a Gilbert & Sullivan opera, and the December production is a concert or show with a seasonal flavour.

HLO also sing a wide variety of choral music for charity concerts in churches, halls, residential homes and similar venues throughout the year.


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.


Chichester Symphony Orchestra

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.


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.


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.


Portsmouth Music Club

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.


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 Light Orchestra

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

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.


Portsmouth Philharmonic

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.


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.


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