Enjoy a unique performance of Handel's Messiah in a special grand version that was first heard in Portsmouth in 1812.
The performance is based on Dr George Burrows' discovery of an 1812 programme in Portsmouth's public library and his research into the context and issues that it raised. More than 200 performers come together to perform this 'Pompey Messiah' to raise money for local charities.
To put that special performance in perspective, George will also give a lecture on 1 March about his discoveries and he will explain how the concert itself forms part of the research. The talk tells the story of our expanding city, a prima donna that escaped Napoleon disguised as a nun and the evolution of a national culture of massed participation in music making that continues to this day.
A public lecture by Dr George Burrows
Wednesday 1 March at 4.00pm
EW1.11, Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth
To register visit: Eventbrite
Saturday 18th March, 7.00pm
St Mary's Church, Portsmouth
The University Choir will join forces with the Solent Symphony Orchestra, Portsmouth Cathedral Choir, St Mary’s Church Choir and soloists from the Royal College of Music.
Tickets: Portsmouth University
Musicians from the world famous Royal Marines School of Music will return to the Kings Theatre in Southsea to perform a unique and unforgettable concert for more than a thousand local children.
Music in the Round will bring their production of The Chimpanzees of Happytown to the Guildhall in Portsmouth. Hundreds of children from local schools will be part of an amazing day of singing, music-making and quality entertainment.
Pantomime is finally over with a record breaking attendance this year. The staff are now looking forward to opening its doors for its annual Open Day on Saturday 14th January.
The day promises to have something for everyone: from puppetry, arts and crafts, and storytelling for some of our younger visitors plus timed performances on stage such as Hamlet by Icarus which is a co-production with the Kings and 9 to 5 by the Portsmouth Players and not forgetting the Kings Youth Theatre.
Our archivist will be there to offer a unique behind the scenes tour, guiding you through the history of this amazing Edwardian theatre, whilst giving an insight into some of the colourful characters that have be involved in both the rescue and restoration of the building. With the history being so vast there have been reports of ghostly spirits roaming the aisles, so we have invited a paranormal expert to see if there is any truth behind the sightings.
From 10.30am until 4pm you are welcome to explore areas of the theatre you would never normally get to see. You can also learn about the technical side of a production and how the lighting of a show can make all the difference.
The Kings Theatre only opens its doors like this once a year, so buy your tickets now. Money raised from this event go towards the restoration of the theatre.
BOX OFFICE 023 9282 8282
The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Bombay the Cat and children from Milton Park Primary School will come together at the Guildhall in Portsmouth for the explosive launch of Portsmouth Music Hub's latest Songbook - The Mad Scientist's Songbook.
To celebration Pianoroom's 1st Anniversary, they have organised a series of FREE events to in the run up to the new year:
KORG IN-STORE - Friday 25th November 6pm to 8pm: With KORG's Luke Edwards & Andy Pullen
Ace demonstrator, Luke Edwards will play a selection of Korg's finest instruments including Pa300, HAVIAN 30 and Flagship Pro Keyboard Pa4X
Approximately 20 places available so please call or email early to reserve your place. Refreshments served.
KORG IN-STORE - Saturday 26th November 11am-5pm: With KORG's Luke Edwards & Andy Pullen
Luke and Andy will join Pianoroom for the day to discuss and DEMO all things Korg. If you would like a 'one2one' on any of the products that are available, call ahead and they will book you in.
CASIO IN-STORE - Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December - 11am-5pm: With CASIO's Andy Brown
Meet Casio's Andy Brown to discuss all things Casio. Come and perform your favourite piece of music (up to 5 minutes) on Friday 2nd Dec or Sat 3rd Dec on a Casio Grand Hybrid. Each Piano Performer will be adjudicated by Andy and/or David and will receive a certificate commemorating the day (call for more details and to book your place). Each Casio Piano Performer will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a Casio Gift. This will be drawn on Monday 5th December.
YAMAHA EVENT WITH PAUL THIRKETTLE - Saturday 10th, 10am to 5pm & Sunday 11th December, 11am to 4pm:
Paul Thirkettle is a name synonymous with the music industry. Starting his career in a local music store, Paul quickly developed a passion for the industry. Following several contracts working on board cruise lines, Paul joined Technics Musical Instruments where he stayed for many years managing sales and helping develop & launch iconic instruments such as the KN keyboard range. Paul's career also led him to join KORG musical instruments as business development manager however his real passion lay with with the world leading brand YAMAHA. He now works closely with the company demonstrating and presenting their incredible range of instruments as well as a host of other marketing and promotional activities. Paul said "I'm delighted to be part of the YAMAHA team, a fantastic company with an incredible passion for music. I very much look forward to meeting our customers at one of our future events".
Come and meet and greet ace demonstrator Paul Thirkettle for help and advice choosing your new YAMAHA Digital Piano or Keyboard. Paul is an industry stalwart having worked with a number of leading brands over the years so will be a familiar and friendly face to many of you. He will be in-store both days.
In addition, if you would like a FREE 'one2one' with Paul on TYROS5, PSRS or CVP, you can call or email to book a place.
To book your places for any of these events, or to find out more information, please contact:
T: 02392 863792
On Thursday 10 November the annual Solent Cultural Conference returns to the Guildhall in Portsmouth. The conference will start with a keynote presentation by composer and workshop leader James Redwood, entitled ‘Excellence and Inclusivity in Arts Education’.
The conference will provide a workshop strand for early years practitioners, primary and secondary teachers, peripatetic staff and also arts staff. There are workshops ranging from the very practical, including playing the spoons, samba, African drumming and steel pans, through to multi-media based workshops and everything in between.
Conference costs £85 per person (or £120 for two)
To make a booking contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Portsmouth Light Orchestra in celebrating their birthday in this wonderful 80th Anniversary Concert.
Admission: Tickets £6 (Accompanied Under-16's watch for free)
Please contact Val Loft 023 9237 1135 to book tickets.
As part of the Making Waves Film Festival, Portsmouth Music Hub are screening the Pixar classic THE INCREDIBLES!
Children and adults are encouraged to come dressed as super heroes!
From the Academy Award-winning creators of “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Finding Nemo,” comes this hilarious action-packed animated adventure about superheroes. Bob Parr used to be one of the world’s greatest superheroes (known to all as “Mr. Incredible”), saving lives and fighting evil on a daily basis. But now fifteen years later, Bob and his wife (a famous superhero in her own right) have adopted civilian identities and retreated to the suburbs to live normal lives with their three kids.
Free. Donations of £1 per person welcome. Book in advance by email email@example.com.
Dir: Brad Bird
Join us the BBC for a very special BBC Live Lesson coming to school classrooms all around the UK, hosted by CBBC's Karim Zeroual and Lauren Layfield and featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Ten Pieces Ambassador pianist and composer Julian Joseph.
Live Lessons support your teaching with curriculum-led free resources and activities by experts. Tailor-made for primary pupils, it's an opportunity for your students to join the biggest classroom in the UK.
Who: Key Stage 2/2nd Level - Music
When: Friday 23rd September
Time: 11am (approx. 50 mins)
Where: bbc.co.uk/livelessons (visit the website on the day to access the live stream)
Coming live from BBC Hoddinott Hall in the Wales Millennium Centre, the lesson aims to help students discover their inner composer.
Read Julian Joseph's introduction to the Live Lesson here.
We'll be exploring rhythm, melody and dynamics through:
- Bernstein's 'Mambo' from Symphonic Dances from 'West Side Story'
- Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 4 (3rd movement) and
- Mussorgsky's A Night on the Bare Mountain.
With interactive, hands-on activities, we'll be inviting students to contribute to a collective Ten Pieces party piece.
How to get involved…
WATCH THE LIVE LESSON: BBC Live Lessons are streamed live through our website at bbc.co.uk/livelessons. Go to the page just before 11am on Friday 23rd September and click on the promo that says WATCH LIVE to tune in. There's no need to register or sign in!
CONTRIBUTE TO THE LESSON: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you’ll be watching and send in questions about musical composition for our experts. Your school could be named live on the webcast!
ACCESS CLASSROOM RESOURCES: Download a lesson guide for teachers and activity sheets, released on the website closer to the day.
And if you miss the Live Lesson, don't worry: the full lesson and clips will be made available for you and your class to view online after the programme ends on bbc.co.uk/livelessons.
Any questions? Contact the BBC at email@example.com.
Jive Aces, the nationally acclaimed Jive and Swing Band takes to the stage at the Guildhall for a stunning night of music, entertainment and dance!
Having become the first ever band to reach the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent in 2012 following up with a performance for Her Majesty The Queen as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and performances for both the Olympic and Paralympic celebrations, The Jive Aces have truly established themselves as the UK's top Jive & Swing band.
With their high energy music, bright stage suits, wild stage show, irresistible humour and sheer professionalism, the Jive Aces will quickly get any audience on their feet - or dancing in their seat! Each and every show is guaranteed to go with a swing!
THE JIVE ACES at the Guildhall in Portsmouth
Tuesday 20th September 2016, 7.00pm Tickets £15.50 (including booking fee)
Box Office: 0844 847 2362 or visit www.portsmouthguildhall.org.uk
Are you ready to take a deep breath and jump out of the frying pan and into the Choir?
Resonate is a new adult choir based in the heart of Portsmouth.
Resonate isn't about being a musical expert, it isn't about cutting a solo album or performing an opera at Covent Garden. Resonate is about fun, it's about meeting new people in a friendly environment, it's about familiar songs that everyone can sing and enjoy. Resonate is stress-free, with no experience needed and full of laughter.
The truth is singing is good for you. It's inspiring, it clears the mind, singing fills you with boundless energy and conjures up a little magic in life.
Resonate is free of charge for an hour a week. It's led by a professional musician from Portsmouth Music Hub. We'll be starting the new choir on Friday 16th September, and it will be running every week (term-time only) from 11.30am until 12.30pm. We'll be meeting in Room F, 3rd Floor, Portsmouth Central Library, and there's a café just outside the rehearsal room for tea, coffee and cake; it doesn't get much better than that!
So, if you've got a little time on your hands and a passion for singing then we'll be really pleased to see you, and you can join Resonate at any time.
Resonate is managed by Portsmouth Music Service. If you would like to know more or would like to join us please call 023 9237 5655, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portsmouth Philharmonia will perform an Orchestral Concert in aid of the Solent Diabetes Association on Sunday 17 July at 7.30pm, at the Church of the Resurrection in Drayton.
Conducted by Hugh Carpenter the programme will include Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Warlock's Capriol Suite and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C Minor.
Tickets are £5, children free of charge. Box Office 02392 731122
For further information about Portsmouth Philharmonia visit www.portsmouthphilharmonia.org.uk
Squirrels, pigeons and seagulls are in for a surprise when hundreds of children from schools across Portsmouth visit Victoria Park for the very first Cultural Carnival.
It will be a morning of unforgettable music and entertainment as primary-aged children bring the park to life with flags, costumes, songs and streamers. The procession will start in the Guildhall Square with drummers and Maypole dancers opening the Carnival before the children begin the tour of the park.
The event will include a very special surprise from the Royal Marines Band Service, who will be performing in their own unmistakable fashion at the end of the Carnival.
The Portsmouth Cultural Carnival will be a truly memorable occasion that will bring colour and spectacle to the heart of Portsmouth.
Rock is more than fashion. Rock is more than a band playing a couple of songs. Rock is rebellion. Rock is power. Rock is strength. Rock is the heart pounding as you hear that amazing guitar solo that stops the clock. Rock is a sense of belonging to something; a community larger than you think. Rock is emotion. Rock is dynamic and Rock is the thrill of going to a concert you'll never forget.
Victory and Warrior Rock Bands, part of the renowned Portsmouth Music Hub, return to the Wedgewood Rooms for a night of exhilarating sounds, heart-pumping music and an electrifying atmosphere not to be missed.
Young people from Portsmouth come together with guitars, bass and drums, with the sound of voices and songs that shake the room, and it's your chance to be part of a night of unforgettable music from some of the best young Rock musicians in Portsmouth.
Portsmouth Music Hub's Rock the Rooms takes place on Tuesday 21 June at 6.45pm. Doors open at 6pm. All tickets £6. Box office: 023 9286 3911 or visit www.wedgewood-rooms.co.uk.
Please note that the Jazz Band is cancelled on 9th June 2016.
Rehearsals will resume next week.
We are very excited about a partnership project with the New Theatre Royal for gifted and talented singers (aged 7-10). We are working with International Artist Melanie Gall to introduce opera to children.
The workshop with bring together children from across the city at the New Theatre Royal followed by a performance of the Opera Mouse. The opera is about Tilly Mouse who lives under an opera house, and she just loves to sing! Her dream is to perform on stage. But whenever anybody sees her, they scream and run away. With determination, imagination, and help from her friends, Tilly proves that even a mouse can be a star! The show features songs and arias from several operas, including The Magic Flute. Opera Mouse is a blend of puppets, audience participation and actual opera singing.
BBC Music Day is a UK-wide celebration of everything we love about music with the aim of bringing people from different generations and communities together, so come along to the Portsmouth Guildhall for a day of celebrating, enjoyment and learning.
This year Portsmouth Cultural Trust and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have partnered to deliver an exciting day, suitable for all of the family to get involved. From a Family Orchestra with the BSO to singing workshops for 55+, a vegetable orchestra, open rehearsal and tour of the building, there is something for everyone.
For more details please click on the links:
A Celebration of Portsmouth Area Songwriters
Music teachers (all key stages) in Portsmouth have been asked to share their expertise and examples of great practice as part of a national research project.
This opportunity is limited to a small number of teachers, so please email email@example.com ASAP, if you would like to be involved.
This is an opportunity to get together with colleagues and share your stories about what is working for you and your pupils in music lessons – what are your top tips? What are the pedagogical approaches and strategies that are really inspiring and supporting your learners to grow? What’s most fun for you? For your students?
The event will be attended by a representative from Inspire-music and some examples will be shared nationally on a website of good practice.
On 28th April Portsmouth Music Hub will be launching their new Jazz Band ensemble.
The weekly ensemble will be starting on Thursday 28th April, 6pm -7pm at Portsmouth Guildhall.
Players grade 5+ are very welcome to join.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and come along to the first rehearsal with an instrument.
Please note there will be no rehearsals on Thursday 5th May and Thursday 23rd June.
Presented by the Portsmouth Cultural Trust
NYJO is world-famous as a glittering showcase for the country's best young jazz musicians. Since NYJO's founding, by Bill Ashton OBE in 1965, most of the current generation of top British jazz musicians have risen through its ranks, often becoming established jazz stars whilst still playing with the band.
One of NYJO's aims is to share the talents of exciting young players with as wide a potential audience as possible. Classics from the big band canon sit alongside specially commissioned new arrangements by band members and leading contemporary UK composers. From hard-swinging rhythm section to a raft of hugely talented young soloists, this is a big band in fine form.
Early Bird Tickets £8. Under 18's and 65+ tickets are available for £5 (Booking fees apply). School and discount offers are also available, please contact email@example.com
Exciting Pre-show event for schools/music groups and young people
Now in its 50th year, NYJO is firmly established as a training ground for the next generation of UK jazz stars. If you've ever fancied finding out more about the jazz, then join us from 5.00pm to 6:30pm where Music Director, Mark Armstrong and the orchestra will guide through the anatomy of the big band - explaining and demonstrating the different sections and their roles. Plus, of course, you'll get the chance to join in and experience the thrill of improvising jazz together, if you would like to bring along an instrument!
If you would like to book a place for the pre show event, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02393 870 193.
Whilst the pre-show event is free with a valid show ticket, we will have our charity donation bucket out, for which we would be grateful of any donations, to enable our Guildhall Participate programme to keep delivering this work.
Hundreds of children from across Portsmouth will bring their own particular brand of magic to the Guildhall when they perform the world premiere of Portsmouth Music Hub's new production Songscape.
Songscape is a collection of favourite songs from the Music Hub's award winning series of songbooks. Designed to educate, inspire and entertain, the songbooks encourage children to get excited about music and to take to the stage.
The concert will be packed with unforgettable performances as the children sing a wide range of songs, including Big Bang Planet, Moon Rock Boogie, Shark with a Heart and Portsmouth by the Sea.
Songscape will be an unbeatable evening of music and entertainment created by local composers, performed by local children, here in the heart of Portsmouth.
Songscape takes place on Monday 21 March at 6.30pm. Tickets at £6 are available from participating schools. Tickets can be purchased at the Guildhall Box Office (Booking fees apply).
Portsmouth Music Hub's Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles will be performing a varied and exciting repetoire in their end of term Spring Concert.
Tickets are £5 for Adults and £3 Concessions.
Tickets are available in advance through the Hub Ensembles and on the door on the evening of the concert.
Infant Voices Performers from across the city will come together to perform songs from the Hub's latest Songbook 'Story-Scape'.
Portsmouth Music Hub is proud to be part of the New Theatre Royal's official launch, marking the re-opening of the theatre after 2 years of redevelopment. One of the Music Hub's composers, Iain Gilmour, has created 2 stunning songs that will be performed at the prestigious event by more than 100 children from schools from across Portsmouth.
For further information about the launch please contact the New Theatre Royal.
Children will learn traditional folk dances and enjoy the vibrant sounds from the Folk Active band.
Young people from schools and colleges from across Portsmouth will come together for a spectacular night of music and entertainment when Soundsational returns to the Guildhall in Portsmouth.
Now in its fifth year Soundsational is packed with unforgettable performances, and with live bands, choirs, singers and dancers the concert is guaranteed to amaze and entertain from beginning to end.
Be part of a stunning evening of aspiration and talent, music and entertainment and the unbeatable passion of Portsmouth's next generation of performers.
Soundsational takes place on Wednesday 9 March at 6.30pm. Tickets at £6 are available from participating schools or by contacting Portsmouth Music Hub on 023 9237 5655.