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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…

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Conductor Hugh set for concert swansong 

Hugh Carpenter, conductor of the Portsmouth Philharmonic since 2014, is set to lay down his baton after the orchestra's concert on Sunday March 24 in aid of the Portsea Pantry.

The programme features soloist Catherine Lawlor playing Kabalevsky's Violin Concerto in C Major, along with Butterworth's The Banks of Green Willow and Haydn's ‘Drumroll’ Symphony.

Proceeds of the concert will go to the Portsea Pantry and Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan will be attending the concert.

The concert starts at 3pm at the…

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Orchestra donation scores for Pompey in the Community 

The Portsmouth Philharmonic handed over a cheque for £850 to Pompey in the Community at Fratton Park on Saturday, ahead of Pompey’s big match with Northampton.

At its December concert, which celebrated the 125th anniversary season of the club, the orchestra premiered the Pompey ‘Overture’, composed by conductor Hugh Carpenter, in the club’s honour. He presented the cheque with Orchestra Chair Di Lloyd to Pompey midfielder Terry Devlin, accompanied by CEO Clare Martin and Jodie Anthony from PitC.

A bumper…

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Legend Alan Knight is special guest at charity concert for Pompey in the Community 

The Portsmouth Philharmonic is looking forward to welcoming you, along with special guest and Pompey legend Alan Knight MBE, to our charity concert on Sunday December 10 at 3pm (when else?) to celebrate 125 years of Portsmouth FC.

In aid of Pompey in the Community, the concert will also feature the premiere of the ‘Pompey Overture', composed by conductor Hugh Carpenter for the club's anniversary.

Also on the programme is Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture, Bizet's L'Arlesienne Suite No 2 and Schubert's fifth…

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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.

Tickets 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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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.

Doors open at the Church of the Resurrection in Drayton…

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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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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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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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Classical music treat in Portsmouth raises cash for charity 

Portsmouth Philharmonic gets its twelfth season of charity concerts up and running on Sunday December 1 with a performance of Beethoven’s seventh symphony in aid of Cystic Fibrosis. 

The orchestra, which was formed in 2009, will be performing at the Church of the Resurrection, Brecon Avenue, Drayton at 3pm

Supporting the programme will be performances of Rossini’s Thieving Magpie Overture and Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel Overture. 

Since it was founded, the orchestra has raised more than £18,000 for local…

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Orchestra's charity tonic 

Music has the power to heal and the Portsmouth Philharmonic orchestra will be doing more than its bit to prove that to be the case at its latest concert in aid of mental health. 

Tonic: Music for Mental Health is a Portsmouth not-for-profit organisation working with people using music as a therapy to help people come to terms with the mental health issues they are facing. 

The orchestra’s next concert at the Church of the Resurrection, Drayton on Sunday December 9 (3pm) will be raising funds for the…

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Orchestra plays Bizet for mental health charity 

A music-oriented mental health charity is the latest good cause to benefit from a concert by the Portsmouth Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Tonic is a Portsmouth-based charity which raises awareness and challenges the stigma often associated with mental illness through music and art-based events. 

The orchestra's next concert, on Sunday December 9 (3pm) at the Church of the Resurrection, Brecon Avenue, will feature Bizet's Symphony in C Major, as well as Schubert's Rosamunde Overture and Strauss's Serenade in…

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