Musical NotesSt Mary’s Church within Portchester Castle has wonderful acoustics and is widely known for its concerts and  lunchtime recitals.

Lunchtime recitals, which are free,  take place on Thursdays at 1pm in the Summer, and are organised by The Director of Music, David Cain. Please see below for this year’s schedule.

Concerts are organised by Michael Moore and range from secular and choral to jazz and The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.. There are normally 4 or 5 each year. They are always on Fridays and start at 7.30pm sharp. Ticket prices are shown alongside the events. There is an interval where wine and soft drinks are available – these are free, but donations are always welcome as the evenings are designed to raise money for charity with a contribution to the church. So far the concerts have raised over £50,000. If you have a charity which you would like to be considered, or would like to sponsor an evening,  please e-mail Michael Moore (Contact form below).

If you wish to run your own musical event in St Mary’s, outside the Concerts and Recitals, you should get in touch with David Cain. You will require formal PCC approval to run your event, and you will need to discuss costs, arrange the date, which is not too close to other musical events and your insurance cover.

Tickets for St Mary’s concerts are available from Michael Moore. Cheques should be made payable to ‘St Mary’s PCC’, and a stamped addressed envelope forwarded with the request unless you wish to pick the tickets up on the door. Concerts are usually sold out 10 days before the event so early booking is recommended

There are 2 car parks outside the Castle.  Parking inside the Castle is not permitted without a blue badge, but arrangements can be made to drop those who need to be by prior arrangement, quoting the car registration number.

You can contact either Michael or David through the contact form below.

St Mary’s Musical Programme 2018

Friday 4th May 2018 – The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines

Please note this concert is now sold out. There is a waiting list for tickets, so if you do wish to put your name down please contact either Michael Moore or the Church Office.

Summer Lunchtime Concert Series 2018

All our Thursday lunchtime concerts start at 1pm and are Free entry with a retiring collection.

Our Tea Room will be open for light lunches and refreshments.

28th June                Piano Trio – Eunice Pike (piano), Cathy Mathews (violin) & Mikhail Lezdkan (‘cello)

5th July                    Victoria Quigley (soprano) with David Cain (piano)

12th July                 Fumi Otsuki (violin) with Georgios Vardakis  (piano)

19th July                 Emma Walker (piano)

26th July                 Edward Burfield (trumpet) with Karen Kingsley (piano)

2nd August             The Anemos Trio – Karen Kingsley (piano), Rob Blanken (clarinet) & Richard Moore (bassoon)

9th August             Anthony Froggatt (organ)

16th August           Joe Goodlad (organ)

23rd August          David Price (from Thailand) (organ)

30th August          Grace Yeo (piano)

6th September     Judith Wolpe (violin) with Karen Kingsley (piano)

13th September   Baroque Ad Hoc – music for harpsichord & recorder


Upcoming dates for your Diary – more details to follow!

Friday 12th October at 7.30pm – Choristers from Portsmouth Cathedral

Friday 16th November at 7.30pm – West End Singers