Portsmouth Philharmonic Orchestra

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18.03.24 Portsmouth Philharmonic conductor Hugh set for orchestra swansong
07.02.24 Portsmouth Philharmonic Orchestra donation scores for Pompey in the Community
22.11.23 Vacancy: conductor & music director
15.06.23 News from the Portsmouth Philharmonic Orchestra
04.12.22 Portsmouth Philharmonic concert raises more than £650 for the Air Ambulance
02.12.22 Celebrating Anne White, the founder of the Portsmouth Philharmonic
11.12.21 Profile: Hugh Carpenter, conductor

The Portsmouth Philharmonic Orchestra was established in March 2009 by a small group of amateur musicians, led by local GP Anne White, wanting to rehearse together on a regular basis. It was initially called the Portsmouth Philharmonia and the name was changed in 2017.

Spence Bundy conducted the orchestra from its beginning until December 2014, before handing over the baton to Hugh Carpenter, who took over as Musical Director, having previously helped the orchestra out for many concerts on the tuba.  

Since 2009 we have grown in numbers and established a strong reputation within the local community. The orchestra aims to perform three charity concerts per year. The net proceeds of each concert go to a selected local charity, with members’ subscriptions funding music hire,  rehearsal room hire and conductor’s fees. 

More than £20,000 has been raised to date for a variety of local good causes including the Roberts Centre, the Samaritans, the RNLI, Hayling Island Community Centre, the Ninewells Cancer Campaign, Brain Tumour Research, Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, Meningitis Now, Solent Diabetic Association, QA Rheumatology Department, Tonic: Music for Mental Health, the Stroke Association, the Alzheimer’s Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Cavernoma Alliance UK, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, Aurora New Dawn, the LifeHouse, the One Foundation and Pompey in the Community.

If you are interested in joining the orchestra contact us by email to find out what our current vacancies are. We are an open-access orchestra and don’t require an audition, however we do expect a commitment to rehearse regularly and practise pieces to ensure an acceptable standard of performance.  

Events by this performer
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March 24, 2024
Concert by the Portsmouth Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor – Hugh CarpenterLeader of the Orchestra – Colin Wilkins Butterworth – The Banks of Green WillowKabalevsky – Violin Concerto in C Major Op 48 Soloist: Catherine LawlorHaydn – Symphony No 103 in Eb...
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December 10, 2023
Read a review. Concert by the Portsmouth Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor – Hugh CarpenterLeader of the Orchestra – Colin Wilkins Tickets – £10 per adult ticket with accompanied children free. Proceeds to Pompey in the Community.
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May 27, 2023
Programme to include: ELGAR – Pomp & Circumstance Nos 1 & 4 WALTON – Crown Imperial, Coronation March WOOD – Fantasia on British Sea Songs Tickets on sale now through Montserrat Events. £15 adults, £5 children Under 5s Free. Visit...
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June 25, 2023
Read a preview. Read about the PPO. BEETHOVEN – Egmont Overture STRAUSS – Roses from the South Waltz (Arr. Aubrey Winter) DVORAK – Symphony No. 8 in G Major Adults £10. Accompanied children admitted FREE Tickets available on the door...
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March 25, 2023
MOZART Don Giovani OvertureHAYDN Concerto in Eb Major for Trumpet & Orchestra, featuring soloist Karen TraversDVORAK Symphony No 8 in G Major Conductor: Hugh Carpenter Leader: Colin Wilkins Adults £8, accompanied children free, either online (via the PP website) or...
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November 27, 2022
Portsmouth Philharmonic concert raises more than £650 for the Air Ambulance. Featuring the fantastic soloist Catherine Lawlor (pictured), playing Max Bruch’s violin concerto No. 1, plus the Dambusters March by Eric Coates and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Eight Symphony, this promises...
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June 25, 2022
Charity Concert by Portsmouth Philharmonic in aid of the Cavernoma Alliance UK (CAUK) Programme: Mozart – Magic Flute Overture Mendelssohn – Symphony No 4 ‘Italian’ Gounod – Faust: Ballet Music Tickets – £8 cash on the door or online (online...
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March 26, 2022
Charity Concert by Portsmouth Philharmonic in aid of the Cavernoma Alliance UK (CAUK) Programme: Mozart – Magic Flute Overture Mendelssohn – Symphony No 4 ‘Italian’ Gounod – Faust: Ballet Music Tickets – £8 cash on the door or online* Accompanied...