Handel’s The Passion of Christ - Sunday March 18th 2018

Portsmouth Festival Choir chose Emsworth Baptist Church for its performance, on Sunday evening, of Handel’s The Passion of Christ.

The choir coped well with an acoustic much less flattering than that of its usual venue, Portsmouth’s Anglican cathedral. Much of this work is ascribed to the seven soloists, with much less...
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Mozart Requiem

St George’s Church, Portsea – Saturday November 11th 2017

For most audiences, Mozart’s Requiem is characterised by the melancholy tones of the wind and brass instruments; but in this performance conductor Thomas Neal chose to follow a route much favoured in the early 19th century, of supplanting the orchestra with a...
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Dvorak’s Mass in D major

Spring Concert 1st April 2017 Portsmouth Cathedral

With Dvorak’s Mass in D major as the centrepiece, Portsmouth Festival Choir– in its first concert with new musical director Thomas Neal fully at the helm – presented a programme of Czech and Russian music.

Sacred works by near contemporaries Labinski, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and...
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Autumn Concert 2016

Confidence and exciting imagination

An enterprising programme: the main attraction was the latest version of a work in progress by Adrian Bawtree, former director of music at St Mary’s in Portsmouth. Entitled Remembrance, it draws in part on music of the First World War. The instrumental writing shows confidence and...
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Spring Concert March 2016

A feast of French music

In drawing out the warm tone of the choir, Peter Allwood effectively emphasised the contemplative and essentially devotional aspects of the Fauré Requiem. Fauré’s charming and unjustly neglected Messe Basse for female voices, and Saint-Saëns’ setting of Quam Dilecta, which featured Peter Allwood’s own very...
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