The Portsmouth Chamber Music Series has announced a 2022-2023 season featuring six internationally renowned ensembles at Portsmouth Guildhall.
Spokeswoman Kelly Haswell said: “The series is unique for its informality and in-the-round format with the audience just a couple of metres from the musicians. The dress code is casual, the musicians talk to the audience about what they are going to play, and drinks are welcome during the performance. The whole idea of chamber music was originally music to share between friends, and this series strives to encapsulate that. We ask the musicians to stay around at the end to chat in case you want to ask questions. You might want to ask about the music, but also about what it’s like to go on tour, how they decide programmes, how they rehearse or even what they had for breakfast!
“With its versatile spaces, the Portsmouth Guildhall is the perfect venue, and the series takes place either on the stage in the main auditorium, with both musicians and audience on stage, or in the Guildhall Studio. Concerts are always on Monday evenings, which otherwise tend to be very quiet in the city centre, and so it is easy to get dinner beforehand for those so inclined.”
“On November 21 we feature Welsh pianist Llŷr Williams in a programme which culminates with two show-stopping works by arguably the greatest pianist of all time, Franz Liszt.
“After Christmas, concerts continue on January 30, March 20, April 17 and May 22, with musicians ranging from our resident Ensemble 360 to the Romanian Arcadia Quartet and the Korean Esmé Quartet.
“The music includes popular favourites such as Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet and Beethoven’s Septet, great 19th and 20th century works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Shostakovich, all the way through to Huw Watkins’ new piano trio, composed just last year.”
Andy Grays, chief executive officer of the Guildhall Trust, said: “It has been fantastic to see the variety presented within the series over the years being enjoyed by so many and we look forward to hosting the 2022- 23 series which offers an eclectic mix of music and some amazing international artists.
“As the south’s leading concert hall, the chamber music series is an important part of our classical music programme which we are passionate about developing and opening up to wider audiences to enjoy.
“This unique opportunity to experience exciting music being performed just metres away, is not to be missed.”
Tickets are on sale now and can be bought online at www.portsmouthguildhall.org.uk or in person at the box office.
The full Portsmouth Chamber Music Series programme at Portsmouth Guildhall: Monday, November 21, 7.30pm, Llŷr Williams (piano); Monday, January 30 2023, 7.30pm, Ensemble 360; Monday, March 20 2023, 7.30pm, Arcadia Quartet; Monday, April 17 2023, 7.30pm, Leonore Piano Trio; Monday, May 22 2023, 7.30pm, Esmé Quartet. Doors open 30 minutes before the show.