Preview: Portsmouth Choral Union with Southern Pro Musica perform Messiah

For their 2023 winter season Portsmouth Choral Union will be performing two of the most well-known works in the choir’s repertoire: Handel’s Messiah and Verdi’s Requiem.

In their long history of over 140 years, the choir has sung Messiah over 80 times – the first time being in 1896.  The first time the choir sang Verdi’s Requiem was in 1954, and this year’s performance will be their 11thMessiah is well known for its varied solo arias and tuneful joyous choruses all accompanied by an orchestra of strings and oboes, with occasional dramatic interjections from Trumpets and Drums – most notably in the Hallelujah Chorus.

Verdi’s Requiem, once described as the composer’s greatest opera is by turns explosively dramatic, hauntingly tender and occasionally surprisingly joyful – all supported by a large romantic orchestra involving thrilling use of brass and percussion.

Portsmouth Choral Union are delighted to be joining forces with the London based Medici Choir for this performance. Each concert will feature a strong team of vocal soloists and be accompanied by a professional orchestra under the direction of David Gostick.

St Mary’s Church Portsea will be the venue for Messiah, with the performance beginning at 7.30pm on Saturday 16th December 2023.

Tickets: £17 adult, £2 student/child. Payment by card only – at the door, or from

Verdi’s Requiem will be given at Holy Trinity Church Sloane Square London on Saturday 2nd December, beginning at 7.30pm.

Tickets: £25/20 adult, £15 student/child. Available from:

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