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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.

Noticeboard posts:

Preview: Portsmouth Choral Union – Bach’s Christmas Oratorio 15/11/2021
Review of Fauré’s Requiem by the Portsmouth Choral Union 07/11/2021
Preview: Portsmouth Choral Union – Fauré’s Requiem 20/10/2021
PCU are singing! 22/09/2021
PCU – “Farmyard Hullaballoo” 14/07/2021
Portsmouth Choral Union welcomes singers! 16/04/2021
Jonathan Willcocks on the PCU’s “Covid Island Discs” 10/04/2021
PCU presents Covid Island Discs 25/03/2021
The Portsmouth Choral Union is recruiting! 23/01/2021
Portsmouth Choral Union returns to ‘in person’ rehearsals 22/10/2020
Portsmouth Choral Union on BBC Radio 3 30/01/2020
Preview: Portsmouth Choral Union with the Consort of Twelve – St Matthew Passion 22/01/2020
Take a leap at the Matthew Passion! Choral Workshop Day with the Portsmouth Choral Union 11/01/2020
Review: “A Christmas Carol” with the Portsmouth Choral Union 16/12/2019
Preview: “A Christmas Carol” with the Portsmouth Choral Union 19/11/2019
Review: Portsmouth Choral Union: “Salzburg Splendour” 17/11/2019
Preview of Portsmouth Choral Union: “Salzburg Splendour” 11/10/2019
“Lastnight! Lastnight!” Review of “Tonight, Tonight…” by the Portsmouth Choral Union 07/07/2019
Preview: “Tonight, Tonight…” by the Portsmouth Choral Union 05/05/2019
Review of Dramatic Classics by the Portsmouth Choral Union 07/04/2019
Review of “Confitebor Tibi, Domine” by the Portsmouth Choral Union 14/12/2018
Review: Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony – at St Mary’s, Portsea 18/06/2018
Preview: Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony & Elgar – Enigma Variations by the Portsmouth Choral Union 18/05/2018
Review: The Centenary Concert by the Portsmouth Choral Union 06/04/2018

Upcoming concerts:

Sat, 2 Apr 5:30pm Portsmouth Choral Union: “The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross” St Mary’s Church, Portsea
Sat, 14 May 7:30pm Portsmouth Choral Union: Come and Sing at St Mary’s, Alverstoke St Mary’s Church, Alverstoke
Sat, 11 Jun 7:30pm Portsmouth Choral Union: Organ Restoration Concert at St Mary’s Church St Mary’s Church, Portsea

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