Portsmouth Chamber Music Series & The Classical Series at Portsmouth Guildhall


Noticeboard posts:
29.04.24 Preview: “Minimalism” by the London Sinfonietta
14.03.24 The Classical Series continues at Portsmouth Guildhall
27.07.23 The Portsmouth Chamber Music Series series offers ‘Sounds of Now’
12.11.22 Llŷr Williams, piano

In 2023/24 the Portsmouth Chamber Music Series is in its 20th 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.

Our programme includes a wide variety of music by a wide variety of composers from the 18th century to the present day. A 20% discount is available to those who book the whole series.

This page also includes the Classical Series 2023/24 at Portsmouth Guildhall.

Events by this performer
May 15, 2024
Read a preview, an interview with London Sinfonietta’s Principal First Violinist, Jonathan Morton. Door time: 7pm From experimental beginnings in the loft spaces and galleries of New York, Minimalism is now a mainstay of contemporary music, its influences spreading far...
May 9, 2024
Door time: 7pm Celebrate the world of opera in the company of Mozart, Verdi, Bizet, Puccini, Offenbach, Gilbert & Sullivan and more, in a feast of some of the greatest music ever written. London Festival Opera has a considerable reputation...
March 14, 2024
Mozart  – Piano Concerto No.23Bruckner – Symphony No.5 Kirill Karabits – conductorAwadagin Pratt – piano In just four years Mozart wrote sixteen glorious piano concertos. No.23 (K.488) was an immediate success, remaining popular probably as much for its wistfulness as for...
February 22, 2024
Brahms – Piano Concerto No.2Vaughan Williams – A London Symphony (Symphony No.2) Karl-Heinz Steffens – conductorBoris Giltburg – piano Vaughan Williams’ Second Symphony has been described as the musical equivalent of Monet’s paintings of the sun rising over a foggy...
February 4, 2024
Door time: 3pm Grab your cloak and your wand and join us for a spellbinding concert featuring the spectacular music from the magnificent Harry Potter films, performed by the sensational International Film Orchestra. Coming to Portsmouth Guildhall for the very...
January 25, 2024
Smetana – Má Vlast (complete) Conductor: Jac van Steen (pictured) Join Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Jac van Steen, who is Principal Guest Conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Smetana’s Má Vlast is considered a paragon of Czech nationalism, and is a...
December 13, 2023
The versatility and talent of these world class musicians will be clear for all to see, with an evening featuring all the usual festive fun and enjoyment, alongside the traditional music from one of the finest military bands in the...
October 19, 2023
View our offer – tickets at £10! Classic hits from the hottest composers of the 18th Century. Find out more about some of the stories behind the best-loved pieces of the era. These are tunes you almost certainly know and...
May 20, 2024
MARSCHNER – Piano Trio No.2 in G minor, Op.111 (32’)BRAHMS – Piano Trio No.3 in C minor, Op.101 (21’)DVOŘÁK – Piano Trio No.4 in E minor, Op.90 ‘Dumky’ (32’) The Gould Piano Trio returns to Portsmouth after a warmly received collaboration with violist Gary...
May 1, 2024
Lullaby is an entrancing evening of music in which the hypnotic purity of Indian music meets contemporary electronica and live instrumental improvisation. Inspired by traditional Indian lullabies, this is an entrancing evening of music in which the hypnotic purity of...
April 22, 2024
STRAVINSKY – Three Pieces for String Quartet (7’)COLERIDGE-TAYLOR – Clarinet Quintet (31’)SCHUBERT – String Quartet No.14 ‘Death and the Maiden’ (40’) A concert of contrasts, showcasing the versatility of the world-class musicians from Ensemble 360. Schubert’s deeply personal and beloved ‘Death and the Maiden’...
March 21, 2024
Anna Meredith’s joyful, furious, energetic and restful music dazzles but is never too serious. The critically-acclaimed Ligeti Quartet share tracks from their new album fusing acoustic and electronic music for string quartet by the Mercury-prize nominated composer. MEREDITH – Tuggemo (5’30)MEREDITH –...
March 8, 2024
TABEA DEBUS – recorder & SAMUELE TELARI – accordion. A unique performance of music and movement inspired by the physicality of Roosendael’s Rotations, created in collaboration with award-winning choreographer Sally Marie. PÄRT – Pari Intervallo (5’)CAGE – Harmony XVIII (from 44 Harmonies)...
February 26, 2024
HAYDN – String Quartet in D Op.64, No.5 ‘Lark’ (20’)FANNY MENDELSSOHN – String Quartet in E flat (22′)FELIX MENDELSSOHN – String Quartet in E minor Op.44, No.2 (32′) The electrifying Consone Quartet, recent BBC New Generation Artists, comprises four sensitive and spirited musicians...
January 29, 2024
HAYDN – Piano Trio in A Hob.XV:9 (13’)SCHUMANN – Piano Trio No 2 in F Op.80 (27’)HAYDN – Piano Trio in E flat minor Hob XV:31 (13’)BEAMISH – Piano Trio written for Trio Gaspard’s ‘Haydn Project’ (c.10’)LISZT – Hungarian Rhapsody No.9 ‘Carnival in Pest’ (10’)...
October 5, 2023
Exploring the sonic force of the human voice and how easily it can be silenced. Programme includes: ESIN GUNDUZ – En-he-du-an-na-me-en (3′)MIRA CALIX – code poem: any chance of war? (c.9′)LAURA BOWLER – Cover Squirrel (c.15′)Includes improvisations by Angharad Davies (A woman sits alone...
November 20, 2023
RACHMANINOFF – Trio élégiaque No.1 in G minor (14’)PROKOFIEV – Quintet in G minor (21’)PROKOFIEV – Overture on Hebrew Themes (9’)TCHAIKOVSKY – String Quartet No.2 in F Op.22 (36’) BENJAMIN NABARRO violinCLAUDIA AJMONE-MARSAN violinRACHEL ROBERTS violaGEMMA ROSEFIELD celloRONAN DUNNE double bassTIM HORTON pianoROBERT PLANE...
October 16, 2023
SCHUBERT – String Quartet No.9 in G minor D173 (23’)JANÁČEK – String Quartet No.1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ (19’)BRAHMS – String Quartet No.1 in C minor, Op.51 No.1 (32’) The four outstanding young musicians of the Leonkoro Quartet have already acquired an astonishing list of...
December 21, 2023
Rodgers The Carousel WaltzRodgers/Hammerstein Oh What a Beautiful MorningRodgers/Hammerstein Surrey With The Fringe On TopProkofiev TroikaWells/Tormé Chestnuts Roasting on an Open FireAnderson Sleigh RideTrad. arr. Goodwin The 12 Days of ChristmasMarks Rockin’ Around the Christmas TreeMarks Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerBerlin...
November 4, 2023
J Williams, Lost in SpaceHorner, Apollo 13J Williams, E.T. Adventures on EarthGoldsmith, AlienJ Williams, Close Encounters of the Third KindGoldsmith, Star Trek: NemesisRabin, ArmageddonPhilips, Battlestar GalacticaHorner, AvatarZimmer, Interstellar Conductor: Pete Harrison The best space film music that is out of...
May 22, 2023
Portsmouth Chamber Music Series The Esme Quartet played once before in Portsmouth, in October 2019, after winning the Wigmore Hall competition the previous year. Originally from South Korea, the Esme Quartet is now based in Germany and has already established...
April 17, 2023
Portsmouth Chamber Music Series Lucy Gould – violin (of the Gould Piano Trio)Gemma Rosefield – celloTim Horton – piano Haydn’s trio in the unusual key of F-sharp minor is a wonderful late work. Mendelssohn’s first published trio is arguably his...
March 20, 2023
Portsmouth Chamber Music Series Colin Jagger writes: We were due to host the Romanian-based Arcadia Quartet in March 2021 before the continuing disruption caused by the pandemic intervened, and so we will finally get to hear them exactly two years...
January 30, 2023
Benjamin Nabarro, Claudia Ajmone-Marsan vlns, Rachel Roberts vla, Gemma Rosefield vc, Laurène Durantel db, Robert Plane cl, Amy Harman bsn, Naomi Atherton hn BERWALD Septet in B-flatMOZART Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581BEETHOVEN Septet in E-flat, Op. 20 Berwald is...
November 21, 2022
Read preview notes about Llŷr. MOZART Fantasia in C minor, K. 475SCHUMANN Fantasy in C, Op. 17RACHMANINOV Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42LISZT Légende No. 1 ‘St François d’Assise: la prédication aux oiseaux’, S. 175/1LISZT Mephisto Waltz No....
October 24, 2022
Judith van Driel and Marleen Wester vlns, Marie-Louise de Jong vla, David Faber vcMOZART String Quartet in F, K. 590TCHAIKOVSKY String Quartet No. 1 in D, Op. 11SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 5 in B-flat, Op. 92 This will be their...
May 9, 2022
Perpetuo is a dynamic and versatile collective of musicians who perform a wide variety of traditional and contemporary chamber music in new settings, regularly taking music to venues including museums, cafes, found spaces and other unexpected locations. Through collaborations with...