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 16th November at 7.45pm – West End Singers
This is a four-part harmony choir whose repertoire is eclectic and varied ranging from Purcell, Gershwin and The Killers to Latin, Slavonic and Zulu Prayers!
This is our last concert of the year which is being run by the Friends of St. Mary’s, so please contact the Church Office for tickets. Price is £8.
Dates for 2019
Friday 26th April 2019 at 7.30pm – Hampshire Male Voice Police Choir
Summer Lunchtime Concert Series 2019
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.
6th June Solent Baroque Orchestra (Brandenburg Concertos 1 & 2)
13th June Fumi Otsuki (violin)
20th June Speranza String Quartet
27th June Emma Walker (piano)
4th July Solent Baroque Orchestra (Brandenburg Concertos 3 & 4)
11th July Judith Wolpe (violin)
18th July Piano Trio – Eunice Pike (piano), Cathy Mathews (violin) & Mikhail Lezdkan (‘cello)
25th July Anemos Trio – Karen Kingsley (piano), Robert Blanken (clarinet) and Richard Moore (bassoon)
1st August Solent Baroque Orchestra (Brandenburg Concertos 5 & 6)
8th August Baroque Ad Hoc – music for harpsichord & recorder
15th August Alex Wilson (organ)
22nd August Edward Burfield Brass Quintet
Please contact the church office or David Cain for more details.