Sat 6 April 2019
St. Mary's Church, Portsea
Mozart - Mass in C Minor
Hummel - Crossing of the Red Sea (UK premiere - sung in English)
with Southern Pro Musical
It is rare for a work written almost 200 years ago to only now be receiving its UK premiere, but this is the case with Hummel’s ‘Crossing of the Red Sea’, to be performed by Portsmouth Choral Union in their Spring Concert. Hummel, one of the less familiar classical composers was a contemporary of Beethoven and is perhaps best known to modern audiences for his Trumpet Concerto. The ‘Crossing of the Red Sea’ is an exciting and dramatic oratorio, in a style of Haydn’s Creation. Melodic arias and solo ensembles are separated by powerful, exhilarating choruses and descriptive recitatives. Of particular note is a spectacular coloratura soprano aria, describing the crossing of the Red Sea, and taking the soloist into ‘Queen of the Night’ territory. This performance, will be given in English; to a new translation by the choir’s conductor David Gostick.
This concert will also include Mozart’s glorious Mass in C minor K427 – sublime choruses and ravishing solos make this work a wonderful alternative to his ever popular Requiem. Like the Requiem, this work was never completed, but unlike the Requiem, not because of the composer’s death. It is likely that it was a victim of upheaval in Mozart’s life – he had married Costanze Weber, against his father’s wishes, and had also recently resigned from the service of the Archbishop of Salzburg.
Sat 8 June 2019
PCU has been asked to take part in this event.
Saturday 6 July 2019
New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
Ramirez - Misa Criolla
Bernstein - West Side Story - a choral suite.
Bernstein - Mass
With 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:
Sat 16 November 2019
St Mary's Church, Portsea
Vesperae Solennes de Confessore K.339 written in 1780.
Requiem in C Minor. Missa pro Defunctis was written in 1771.
with Southern Pro Musica
Sat 14th December 2019
St Mary's Church, Portsea
Join us for a fun Christmas with soloists and narrator.