Preview: Portsmouth Festival Choir concert: Vierne & Stanford

Tickets are now on sale for Portsmouth Festival Choir’s spring concert which will take place on Saturday 16th March in the lovely Church of the Holy Spirit in Fawcett Road, Southsea PO4 0DY at 7.30 p.m.

The main work is the beautiful Messe Solonnelle by Vierne, the French composer. This was written with a two-organ accompaniment but the Church’s wonderful organ will be well able to cope with its demands, according to star organist Mark Dancer, who will also be performing part of Vierne’s Organ Symphony.

Apart from the Messe Solonnelle, the programme will feature some highly dramatic music by Stanford and the stirring Insanae et Vanae Curae by Haydn.

The soprano soloist for this concert is Lucy Braga, who has performed all over the world and appears regularly at The Royal Albert Hall, Barbican and Royal Festival Hall.

Pictured: Lucy Braga

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