Orchestra presents £800 to Portsea Pantry and sees its vital work in action

The Portsmouth Philharmonic popped along to see the great work the Portsea Pantry does and to present a cheque for £800 to the organisation – the proceeds of the last concert in March.

Based at the John Pounds Centre, the pantry supports the residents of Portsea with affordable shopping and orchestra Chair Di Lloyd visited to see how the orchestra’s fundraising helps provide a vital service.

More than 70 people attended the concert, including Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan, which featured soloist Catherine Lawlor playing Kabalevsky’s violin concerto. Click here to watch Stephen discuss the work the pantry does in his constituency.

It was also long-standing conductor Hugh Carpenter’s last concert before he retired. The concert photo archive can be found here.

The orchestra’s next concert is on June 22 at St Faith’s Church, Lee-on-the-Solent, organised by Montserrat Events, and will see the orchestra collaborate again with soprano Jennifer Parker-Lummis.  Tickets can be reserved here: Summer Philharmonic Concert | Montserrat Event (montserratevents.co.uk)

PICTURE: Gina Perryman (far left) and volunteers (left to right) Lin Waters, Jackie Perryman Joanne Brown, Karen Carroll and Tracy Perryman receive the cheque from orchestra Chair Di Lloyd (far right) / Picture by Colin Farmery

The orchestra is supported by Bishops Printers