Portsmouth Choral Union


Noticeboard posts:
12.03.34 Profile: Nicholas Sharratt, tenor, and the Portsmouth Choral Union
27.01.24 Preview: St John Passion by Bob Chilcott
19.12.23 Review: “Messiah delights its audience”
01.12.23 Carol Singing for Christian Aid at Gunwharf Quays
24.10.23 Preview: Portsmouth Choral Union with Southern Pro Musica – Messiah
26.06.23 Review: Portsmouth Choral Union and Southern Pro Musica – “Life’s journey”
03.02.23 Review: St Matthew Passion
11.02.23 Preview: St Matthew Passion
09.02.23 Review: Come and Sing “The Dream of Gerontius” 
01.11.22 Rachmaninov Vespers
12.12.22 Portsmouth Choral Union: Christmas Carols and Music with Hampshire County Youth Orchestra

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 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).

Performer Details
    Events by this performer
    July 7, 2024
    Conductor: David Gostick With the PCU and The Consort of Twelve. Ada Witczyk will be leading this concert. Handel: Saul Charlotte Bowden: sopranoJoseph Bolger: countertenorKieran White: tenorJamie Woollard: bass Tickets: Adults £20, Children/ Students £5 from the PCU website or at the...
    May 25, 2024
    Read a preview. Portsmouth Choral Union and the newly restored organ at St Mary’s Church.Conductor: David GostickOrganist: Ian RichardsonSoprano: Faye Eldret Parry – I was gladHandel – Zadok the PriestMendelssohn – Hear My PrayerElgar – Give Unto the Lord With...
    March 16, 2024
    Read a review. Read preview notes. St John Passion – Bob Chilcott Conductor: David GostickOrganist: Ian RichardsonEvangelist: Nicholas Sharratt Chilcott’s mighty setting of words from St John’s Gospel is a dramatic yet optimistic re-telling of the Passiontide story. Join the...
    January 27, 2024
    Conductor: David Gostick With the PCU. You may have heard it countless times before, but O Fortuna from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, composed in 1935, might be the most frequently played choral work of the last hundred years. So, if...
    October 28, 2023
    Conductor: David Gostick At Trafalgar School, London Road Portsmouth. PO2 9RJ. With the PCU. Tickets from the PCU website or at the door.
    December 16, 2023
    Conductor: David GostickSoprano: Luci BriginshawBass: Edwin Kaye Read preview notes and a review. PCU sang The Messiah for the first time in 1896. With W.E Green as Musical Director this became an annual event for the choir until 1963, when...
    June 24, 2023
    Read a review. Portsmouth Choral Union with Southern Pro Musica and Castle Primary School.Conductor: David Gostick Alec Roth – The TravellerBritten – St Nicolas The Traveller by Alec Roth is an oratorio for solo tenor, solo violin, choir, children’s choir...
    April 1, 2023
    Conductor: David GostickWith Southern Pro Musica Read a review and preview notes. The St Matthew Passion is a passion oratorio, which sets to music the 26th and 27th chapters of St Matthew’s Gospel from the German Lutheran bible. These chapters...
    January 28, 2023
    Read a review. Conductor: David Gostick Accompanist: Ian Richardson 1.45 pm Registration2.00 – 4.30 pm – Rehearsal4.30 – 5.15 pm Tea and cake provided for you to enjoy!Audience please arrive from 5.00 p.m. Thank you.5.15 – 6.15 pm Performance Singers:...
    December 10, 2022
    Read preview notes and a review. Conductor: David Gostick There will be no interval in this performance. Join us for a spectacular night of festive music with over 100 talented young people. With carols for everyone to sing, this will...
    October 29, 2022
    Conductor – Peter GambieTenor – Jon English  Read a review and preview notes. For the first concert of its new season, Portsmouth Choral Union will be joining forces with The Renaissance Choir to perform Rachmaninov’s sumptuous “Vespers”. The work comprises...
    July 23, 2022
    Read a preview. Organ Restoration Concert at St Mary’s Church Organ Concerto – Poulenc (Soloist Daniel Cook, Organist Durham Cathedral)Messe Solennelle (Solemn Mass) in C# Minor, Opus 16 – Louis VierneHear My Words – ParryBlessed City – Bairstow With Southern...
    June 11, 2022
    For additional information, download the poster. Read a preview. Special Guest Soloist from D’Oyly Carte Opera: Philip Blake-JonesConductor: David Gostick Accompanied by: Ian Richardson 1.45 – 4 p.m. Registration & rehearsal (bring your own drink and snack)4.30 p.m. Audience arrival4.45...
    April 2, 2022
    Read a review. With Southern Pro Musica The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross (German: Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze) is an orchestral work by Joseph Haydn, commissioned in 1786 for the Good Friday service at...