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

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)                                                                                                                                            Music and songs from the shows

12th July                 Fumi Otsuki (violin) with Georgios Vardakis  (piano)                                                                                                                                         Music by Vaughan Williams, Boulanger and Debussy.

19th July                 Emma Walker (piano)                                                                                                                                                                                                 Music by Haydn, Schubert, Bardanashvili and Chopin

26th July                 Edward Burfield (trumpet) with Karen Kingsley (piano)                                                                                                                                     Music by Clarke, Stanley, Neruda, Puccini and others.

2nd August             Woodwind Quartet – Helen Walton (flute), Rob Blanken (clarinet), Lucinda Willits (oboe) & Colin Wilson (bassoon)                                    A variety of  music including folk songs and sea shanties

9th August             Anthony Froggatt (organ)                                                                                                                                                                                           Music by Verdi, Liszt, Elgar, Thalban-Ball, Bach & Franck

16th August           Joe Goodlad (organ)                                                                                                                                                                                                     Music by Mathias, Bach, Bruhns, Vierne, Mendelssohn & Buxtehude

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

30th August          Grace Yeo (piano)                                                                                                                                                                                                           Music by Frank Bridge, Debussy, York Bowen and Tchaikovsky

6th September     The Monington Duo – Karen Kingsley (piano) and Rob Blanken (clarinet)                                                                                                             Music by Malcolm Arnold, Carl Maria von Weber & Leonard Bernstein

13th September   Baroque Ad Hoc – music for harpsichord & recorder                                                                                                                                               Music by Purcell, Handel, John Loeillet, Telemann, Corbett & Scott Joplin

20th September   The Anemos Trio – Karen Kingsley (piano), Robert Blanken (clarinet) and Richard Moore (bassoon)                                                           Music by Carl Bach, Otto Ketting & Mike Mower

Please contact the church office or David Cain for more details.

Upcoming dates for your Diary

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

We are very lucky to have been able to secure this performance as they have a very busy schedule indeed!

Tickets for our concerts tend to go quite quickly, so please book early to avoid disappointment, they are £8.50 and concessions are £5.50.

Please contact the church office or Sir Michael Moore for more details

We will give you your money back if cancelled within 14 days.

All proceeds will go to Blind Veterans UK

Friday 16th November at 7.30pm – West End Singers

More details to follow shortly, this concert will be run by the Friends of St. Mary’s, so please contact either the Church Office or David Williams.

Friday 26th April 2019 at 7.30pm – Hampshire Male Voice Police Choir