Review: Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony – at St Mary’s, Portsea

“Behold, the sea!” is the dramatic opening to Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony.

Portsmouth Choral Union took St Mary’s Church by storm with a remarkable performance of one of the most challenging works for an amateur choir.

PCU are deservedly known as one of the region’s finest large choral societies and this concert enhanced their reputation.

The opening of the work holds enough drama and firepower for Nelson, even if the orchestral salvos were occasionally too strong for the choir.

Once the battery of brass backed off a bit, the audience was treated to a well-schooled group of talented singers.

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