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

Concert – Friday 22nd September 2017 at 7.30pm

Will be a Harp Recital performed by Elizabeth-Jane Baldry and a performance by the wonderful flautist Anna Stokes

Tickets: £8 and £6 for concessions, now available from the usual sources including the Church Office.

To allow everyone a good view there will be 40 fewer seats available than usual so book early to avoid disappointment.

Coming soon:-

Friday 27th October – Solent Area Fellowship Band

(This concert is being organised by David Williams and will be in aid of the Friends of St. Mary’s)

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

More details and ticket prices to follow shortly.

Summer Lunchtime Concerts 2017 (Thursdays at 1pm)

Click here to read more about the performers Concert Programme

6th July         Ivor Humphreys (flute) & Hilary Needham (piano)

13th July      Grace Yeo (piano)

20th July      Fumi Otsuki (Violin) with Alessandro Viale (piano)

27th July      Piano Trio:  Eunice Pike (piano), Cathy Mathews (violin) & Mikhail Lezdkan (‘cello)

3rd Aug        The Anemos Trio: Karen Kingsley (piano), Rob Blanken (clarinet) & Richard Moore (bassoon)

10th Aug      Baroque Ad Hoc – music for harpsichord & recorder

17th Aug      Peter Gould (organ)

24th Aug      Bohuslav Sosna (piano)

31st Aug       Judith Wolpe (violin) with Karen Kingsley (piano)

These are FREE with a retiring collection. The Tea Rooms will be open serving hot & cold food and drinks.