Waterlooville Music Festival returns from 9 to 15 June

Waterlooville Music Festival 2024 runs from Sunday 9th to Saturday 15th June. All at St George’s Church Waterlooville, 7.30pm, licensed bar opens 7pm.

Sunday 9th: With its heritage going back to 1880, The Portsmouth Citadel Salvation Army Band consists of some 30 talented musicians, and is one of the oldest, most famous and respected Salvation Army bands in the UK. At this concert the band will be demonstrating its versatility, going beyond its usual repertoire focused on Christian music to present a range of pieces primarily designed to entertain.

At lunchtime on Monday 10th there’s a recital with Adam Denman (trumpet) and David Cain (piano), followed by a hands-on singing workshop by Heather Uden, the Director of the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir. We have a brilliant double bill: Cascade Chorus is a group singing a cappella in four-part harmony with a wide range of popular music and songs from the shows. Africapella brings the glorious harmonies, spiritual music and rhythms of African and Caribbean cultures. They have visited the festival in the past and are always highly entertaining and popular.

Tuesday 11th will see a rather special visit to the festival by the nationally renowned Havant Chamber Orchestra, recognised as one of the foremost amateur orchestral societies in the country, conducted by Ben Qureshi. At lunchtime there’s an organ recital by Colin Towner.

On Wednesday 12th the Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir will be performing. Their last visit to Waterlooville Music Festival in 2019 was a complete sell out and for good reason as this choir has been “On the Beat” as one of the leading male voice choirs in the South of England since it was established in 1941. Under the Musical Direction of Geoffrey Porter.

Thursday 13th: they are back again – the bewildering talent of “All That Malarkey” with a brand new show. This amazing and talented group will simply have you completely spellbound wondering what on earth they are going to do next. It is a truly stunning and original feast of entertainment. A genius Musical Director and composer, and classically trained vocalists who have performed in classical opera as lead singers at a high level at prestigious venues such as the Millennium Centre Cardiff…  but performing brilliant, completely original arrangements of very popular songs and doing so with much gusto, theatre, comedy and wit…

Friday 14th: Maury Deans Solent Big Band  – to mark the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, music from the forties era, magical nostalgia of Glen Miller, Count Basie and many others – established in 2008, this 20 piece band specialises in arrangements by the late great Maury Deans, and has an extensive repertoire of all the favourite big band sounds.

Saturday 15th: The traditional Grand Finale –  “Last Night of the Proms” –  with all the atmosphere, ceremony and flag-waving of the real thing!

Full details of the programme, and also information on free lunchtime and afternoon events, can be found on the festival website.

Get your tickets now before the most popular evenings sell out!

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