From Schubert to Sousa: PPO announces 'friends and family' December concert

The Portsmouth Philharmonic will play its first concert for two years when it puts on a programme featuring composers as varied as Schubert and Sousa on Sunday December 5 at the Church of the Resurrection, Drayton (3pm).

PPO last performed in December 2019 and only started rehearsals again in September following an 18-month gap for the pandemic.

To get back into the swing, Conductor Hugh Carpenter has put together an interesting programme which will also feature music by Vaughan Williams, Nicolai and Hely-Hutchinson.

While there is no admission charge, there will be a collection at the interval towards the cost of hiring the venue, when light refreshments will be served..

Orchestra Chair Di Lloyd said: 'We are all very excited about playing as a group for an audience again. It seems a long time ago since we last did.

'There will be a Christmas-themed element to the concert and it will be the perfect chance for our supporters to reconnect with the orchestra, as well us giving us a chance to "warm up" ahead of what we hope will be a full programme in 2022.'

The venue is the orchestra's base and is in Penrhyn Avenue. For SatNav users the post code is PO6 2AP