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Premiere of 'Pompey Overture' planned at concert to celebrate club's 125th anniversary 

The premiere of the 'Pompey Overture' - a short piece of music composed by Hugh Carpenter, conductor of the Portsmouth Philharmonic to commemorate the club's 125th anniversary - will take place at the 125th anniversary concert for the club on December 10 (3pm).

Concert go-ers are also being encourage to wear club shirts or scarves, while ambassador Alan Knight MBE will be attending on behalf of the club and a shirt, signed by this season's squad, will be up for grabs in the raffle at the event.

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Vacancy: Conductor & Musical Director - Portsmouth Philharmonic Orchestra 

Following the decision of present conductor Hugh Carpenter to retire in 2024, the Portsmouth Philharmonic Orchestra is looking to appoint a new conductor to start in spring 2024.

The orchestra was founded by a small group of amateur musicians in 2009. Our aims are to promote
musical activities in the Portsmouth area and to regularly perform concerts to raise money for
charitable causes. We currently have approximately 40 amateur members who rehearse weekly, and
we have guest players we call upon to join us for…

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PPO charity concert celebrates Portsmouth FC 

A charity concert to celebrate 125 years of Portsmouth FC is being staged by the Portsmouth Philharmonic Orchestra next month to raise funds for Pompey in the Community.

Featuring music by Mendelssohn, Bizet and Schubert, the concert will be held at the Church of the Resurrection, Drayton – the orchestra’s home venue – at 3pm on Sunday December 10.

Since it was founded in 2009, the orchestra has raised more than £20,000 for local charities and orchestra chair Di Lloyd explained the thinking behind celebrating…

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Southsea kitchen for the homeless benefits from orchestra concert 

A Southsea food kitchen for the homeless has benefitted to the tune of £500, the proceeds of the Portsmouth Philharmonic Orchestra's performance at the Lee Coronation Celebration concert in May.

Orchestra chair Di Lloyd presented the cheque to Mike Morell, manager at The LifeHouse, and some of its volunteers who regularly feed and support homeless people in the city.

Di said: “The orchestra committee thought this was a really good cause to support. Some of our players and supporters volunteer at The LifeHouse…

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King's concert raises £500 for The Lifehouse 

A concert fit for a King was the latest outing for the Portsmouth Philharmonic Orchestra as it entertained an audience of almost 200 at Lee-on-the-Solent on Saturday in a special event to mark the coronation of King Charles III. The orchestra’s efforts raised £500 for charity.

With a programme reflecting the majesty of the occasion - including Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance No 4 and Walton’s Crown Imperial - the orchestra was also joined by soprano Jennifer Parker-Lummis, who got the audience involved with her…

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Concert raises £575 for Aurora New Dawn 

The latest concert by the Portsmouth Philharmonic raised £575 for Aurora New Dawn and was attended by the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress of Portsmouth, whose chosen charity was the beneficiary.

Featuring soloist Karen Travers, who performed Hayden's Trumpet Concerto, the programme also included Mozart's Don Giovanni's Overture and Dvorak's Eighth Symphony. A gallery of photos from the concert is available here

Orchestra Chair Di Lloyd said: "The Dvorak was one of the more challenging pieces the orchestra…

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Charity concert features Dvorak, Haydn and Mozart 

Dvorak's Eighth Symphony is the centrepiece of the latest charity concert by the Portsmouth Philharmonic in aid of Aurora New Dawn.

The charity is Portsmouth’s Lady Mayoress Marie Costa’s chosen cause for her year in the role, which comes to a close shortly. She will be in attendance along with the Lord Mayor.

Other works being performed at Haydn’s Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, featuring Karen Travers as soloist, and Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture.

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PPO hands over cheque to air ambulance charity 

More than £650 was raised at the last concert of the Portsmouth Philharmonic, to support the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. 

The orchestra handed over a cheque for £656 at a recent rehearsal which was the proceeds of the event at the Church of the Resurrection in December. 

Natalie Russell, supporter engagement officer at the air ambulance charity said: “Thank you to each and every member of Portsmouth Philharmonic Orchestra for your brilliant support. Your generosity, passion, and talent sent…

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PPO announces new partnership with Bishops Printers 

The Portsmouth Philharmonic is delighted to announce a partnership with Bishops Printers to supply its print requirements for 2023. 

Since its formation in 2009, the orchestra has raised more than £20,000 for local charities and it sees the association with the city’s premier print firm as an important stage in its development. 

Orchestra Chair Di Lloyd said: “Since the pandemic we have been looking to professionalise our image and this relationship with Bishops Printers underpins that, allowing us to…

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Celebrating Anne White - Founder of PPO 

At its concert in November 2022, the Portsmouth Philharmonic dedicated the performance to founder Anne White, who retired from playing in the summer.

When Anne was a Southsea GP she had the idea of setting up an amateur orchestra in the city which would raise money for charity. 

She had played in the European Doctors’ Orchestra, where medic musicians came from all over the UK and Europe to play, and proceeds of the concerts went to a chosen charity.  

She was sure that a city the size of Portsmouth could…

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Concert raises more than £650 for air ambulance 

Our concert featuring soloist Catherine Lawlor playing Max Bruch's violin concerto raised more than £650 for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Attended by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Canon Cllr Hugh Mason and the Lady Mayoress Miss Marie Costa, a bumper audience was treated to a concert which also included a performance of Beethoven's Eighth Symphony and the Dambusters' March by Eric Coates.

Chair of the orchestra Di Lloyd said: 'This was a challenging concert for the orchestra, but it was a…

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Concert raises £420 for Cavernoma Alliance 

Saturday's concert, featuring music by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Gounod, has raised £420 for the Cavernoma Alliance UK charity

In its first public concert for more than two years, the Portsmouth Philharmonic put on an impressive show at its Church of the Resurrection home venue in Drayton, which delighted its loyal audience.

Orchestra conductor Hugh Carpenter said:‘It was a relief that we were at last able to perform in public and I thought the orchestra excelled itself. The Mendelssohn, in particular, is a…

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Tickets now on sale for next PPO charity concert 

Tickets are now on sale for the next charity concert of the Portsmouth Philharmonic, featuring music by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Gounod.

The concert, postponed from March, will take place on Saturday June 25 at the Church of the Resurrection, Penrhyn Road, Drayton starting at 7.30pm. 

The concert is in aid of Cavernoma Alliance UK (CAUK) and tickets can be bought online here priced £8 for adults with accompanied children free. Please note a booking fee applies to maximise the amount the concert raises.

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Covid causes concert postponement 

An outbreak of Covid-19 among orchestra members has caused Saturday's concert in aid of the Cavernoma Alliance UK to be postponed.

The concert, which featured music by Mendelssohn, Gounod and Mozart, was due to take place at the Church of the Resurrection at Drayton, but an outbreak of Covid saw key members of the orchestra struck down.

Di Lloyd, Chair of the Orchestra, said: "We are all disappointed as this was our first full concert in over two years. It was unfortunate that crucial members of the…

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PPO's charity concert programme confirmed 

Mozart's Magic Flute Overture has been added to the charity concert programme on Saturday March 26 (7.30pm) at the Church of the Resurrection in Drayton.

The concert, in aid of the Cavernoma Alliance UK, already had Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony and Gounod's Ballet Music from the opera Faust on the agenda. Tickets for the concert are £8 on the door (accompanied children are free) or can be bought online here (booking fee applies). 


First charity concert since 2019 features music by Mendelssohn and Gounod 

The Portsmouth Philharmonic is back with its programme of charity concerts and is promoting its first public concert in more than two years, featuring Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony. 

In aid of the Cavernoma Alliance UK (CAUK), the orchestra will be performing at its ‘home’ venue of the Church of the Resurrection in Penrhyn Road, Drayton on Saturday March 26 at 7.30pm. 

As well as the Mendelssohn, the orchestra will also be performing Gounod’s Ballet Music from Faust, as well as a third piece to be…

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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…

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Portsmouth Philharmonic back in business! 

The Portsmouth Philharmonic is delighted to announce it will be resuming rehearsals from September 2021.

After the cancellation of its last scheduled concert in March 2020, due to the pandemic, the orchestra has been in hibernation.

With restrictions now eased, the orchestra is picking up where it left off and, under the guidance of conductor Hugh Carpenter, the orchestra will rehearse again on Sunday September 5.

A concert in spring 2022 has been pencilled in, with further details to follow, but for…

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Orchestra cancel charity concert 

It is with regret Saturday’s concert at St Vincent College has had to be cancelled. The unavailability of a number of key members of both the orchestra, and the chosen charity GAFIRS, has led to this decision being taken. It is hoped the concert can be rearranged for later in the year. Tickets bought online will be refunded in the next day or so.

Orchestra crosses the harbour for charity concert 

The Portsmouth Philharmonic will cross the harbour for its latest charity concert in aid of the Gosport & Fareham Inland Rescue Service which will feature music by Sibelius, Gounod and Haydn. 

The concert will take place at the St Vincent College Theatre on Saturday March 14 at 7.30pm and is the first time the orchestra has played a concert in Gosport. The Mayor of Gosport Cllr Kathy Jones, will be in attendance. 

With almost £20,000 now raised for local charities since the orchestra’s foundation in 2009…

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Total confirmed for cystic fibrosis charity concert 

Portsmouth Philharmonic is delighted to announce the total raised by December 1’s concert for cystic fibrosis (CF) is £835.40. 

The orchestra performed music by Humperdinck, Rossini and Beethoven at the Church of the Resurrection in Drayton. 

More than 80 people attended the concert, making it one of the most successful concerts in the orchestra’s ten-year history. 

Dannii Hutchins, a local Community Fundraiser for CF said afterwards:  “On behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, I would like to thank all those…

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Beethoven concert raises £800 for Cystic Fibrosis 

Portsmouth Philharmonic raised more than £800 for Cystic Fibrosis after its latest charity concert in the city featuring music by Rossini, Humperdinck and Beethoven. 

More than 80 people attended a concert at the Church of the Resurrection in Drayton on Sunday December 1, which featured a varied programme much appreciated by the audience. 

The event was raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, a charity backed by former Portsmouth Lord Mayor Lee Mason. 

And his successor Cllr David Fuller and the Lady…

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More than £1000 raised for Alzheimer's Society 

A charity concert by the Portsmouth Philharmonic, featuring some of the country’s best loved music,  has raised more than £1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society. 

The orchestra was invited to the Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour on the Beaulieu River to perform a private concert on June 15 for users of the marina. 

Featuring music by Eric Coates, Ronald Binge, George Frideric Handel, Edward Elgar, Henry J Wood and Hubert Parry, concert-goers were treated to a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ style performance which was…

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Soloist Lawlor steals the show for the Stroke Association 

Solo violinist Catherine Lawlor stole the show as the Portsmouth Philharmonic’s latest concert raised £400 for the Stroke Association. 

Lawlor performed The Lark Ascending with the orchestra at the Portsmouth Grammar School last Saturday   as part of a concert which also featured Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Haydn’s Surprise Symphony, as well as Vaughan Williams’ perennially popular piece. 

Di Lloyd, Chair of the Portsmouth Philharmonic, said: “We were very fortunate to be able to play with someone of…

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Portsmouth Philharmonic gives mental health a Tonic 

A charity orchestral event has raised £750 for a Portsmouth mental health charity. 

The Portsmouth Philharmonic Orchestra staged a concert featuring music from Bizet, Strauss, Greig and Schubert at the Church of the Resurrection, Drayton last Sunday . 

The concert was in aid of Tonic: Music for Mental Health, which is based in the city and uses music to encourage people to come to terms with mental health issues they are facing. 

Supported by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Lee Mason, who attended the…

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