Concert raises £800 for the Portsea Pantry

Catherine Lawlor performs Kabalevsky with the Portsmouth Philharmonic / Picture by Colin Farmery

A concert featuring soloist Catherine Lawlor (pictured above) playing Kabalevsky’s violin concerto has raised £800 for the Portsea Pantry.

Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan was in attendance at the event in the Portsmouth Philharmonic’s ‘home’ venue of the Church of the Resurrection.

An audience of more than 80 also heard George Butterworth’s ‘The Banks of Green Willow’ and Joseph Haydn’s Drumroll Symphony.

Click here for a gallery of photos, taken by our photographer Colin Farmery, from the concert, which was also the swansong of conductor Hugh Carpenter, who retired after ten years with the baton. By coincidence, Hugh also taught Stephen music and hear his memories of that in the video below.

The orchestra has now raised more than £22,000 for local charities since its foundation in 2009 and its next outing is a Summer Concert on Saturday June 22 at St Faith’s Church Lee-on-the-Solent. 

There the orchestra will work again with Soprano Jennifer Parker-Lummis, following on from their successful collaboration concert for the Coronation of King Charles III last May.

Tickets are on sale through Montserrat Events here

The orchestra's fee for the concert will raise money for Hampshire Search and Rescue.