Future Concerts

Saturday 6 July 2019
New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

Tonight, Tonight…

Ramirez – Misa Criolla
Bernstein – West Side Story – a choral suite.
Bernstein – Mass
With Prependal School Chichester – Chamber Choir
Percussionists from Southern Pro Musica

The thread running through this concert is rhythm – lively, infectious, jazzy, joyful. It links church and theatre music in a celebration of song.

Ramirez’s jubilant setting of the Mass is infused with the rhythms of South America. It was made famous by Jose Carreras, but we are just as lucky to have the fantastic young tenor Anthony Flaum joining us for this performance. Bernstein’s West Side Story contains his best loved melodies, presented here in a medley showcasing the choir’s lyrical sound. Bernstein’s Mass is not a traditional setting, but a dramatic work exploring faith and doubt. It is infused with an eclectic mix of musical styles, performed here in its intended theatrical setting.

Driving the music along will be a team of percussionists from the acclaimed Southern Pro Musica.

Tickets from The New Theatre Royal Box Office – click the link below:

https://www.newtheatreroyal.com/performances/portsmouth-choral-union-tonight/

Sat 16 November 2019
St Mary's Church, Portsea

Salzburg Splendour
with Southern Pro Musica.

Mozart – Solemn Vespers
 Solennes de Confessore K.339 written in 1780.

Michael Haydn
Requiem in C Minor. Missa pro Defunctis was written in 1771.
This was written for the funeral of an Archbishop of Salzburg.
At the time of its first performance a fifteen year old boy called Amadeus
Mozart was playing the violin in the orchestra that performed it! There is evidence also that Mozart used it as a model when he wrote his own requiem 20 years later and at that time Mozart was working in Salzburg!

 

 

Sat 14th December 2019
St Mary's Church, Portsea

A Christmas Carol

Mr Fezziwigs Christmas Party by Jonathan Rathbone
Christmas Carols for everyone

Mr Fezziwig is a character from the novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens to provide contrast with Ebenezer Scrooge’s attitude towards business ethics. Mr Fezziwig is instructing a young Scrooge and his fellow apprentice Dick, to ready the premises for their annual Christmas Party. They enjoy music and dancing and when finally the joyous evening comes to a close, Scrooge is forced to reflect on his own behaviour as an employer.

Sat 11th January 2020 Denmead Parish Church

Come and Sing – Faure – Requiem
Gabriel Faure composed the Requiem in D Minor Op 48 between 1887 and 1890. The choral-orchestral setting of the Catholic Mass for the Dead in Latin is the best known of his larger works. It’s focus is on eternal rest and consolation.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sat 4th April 2020 St Mary's Church, Portsea

Bach – St Matthew Passion
with The Consort of Twelve
and Daniel Cook – Durham Cathedral Organist
 
The Consort of Twelve is an ensemble of musicians who specialise in the performance of Baroque Music playing on Baroque instruments. Join us and them to listen to this sacred oratorio written by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1727 for solo voices and double choir.
 

Sat 13th June 2020 Trafalgar School, Portsmouth

Choral Workshop – with the composer Bob Chilcott
The Angry Planet

Sat 27th June 2020 Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral

Look at the World
Chilcott – The Angry Planet
with Castle Primary School and the Baroque Choir Portsmouth
Accompanist: Ian Richardson
 
 
A piece for adult and children’s choir with an environmental theme especially commissioned for Proms 2012. It is a combination of Chilcott’s inventive and emotionally vital choral writing with text by Charles Bennett. This monumental cantata for massed forces sings of humanities negligence towards nature. The innocent tunes of the children’s choir evoke a sense of hope for the future.

Sat 22nd August 2020 Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral

Divine Classics
Faure – Requiem         
Haydn – Cello Concerto                                                                                            Nova Foresta Classical Players.
Portsmouth Choral Union