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 2020

Friday 13th March “The Courtiers”

Traditional Irish/Folk

Tickets £8.00

Summer Lunchtime Concert Series 2020

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.

4th June                Ensemble C (viola and cello quartet)

11th June              Ian Millar (saxophone) and Dominic Spencer (piano)

18th June              Constellation (String Sextet from the USA, part of their UK tour)

25th June              Rob Blanken (clarinet), Ruth McGibben (viola) Amanda Berry (‘cello), Veronica Price (violin)

2nd July                 Chloe Sami (mezzo soprano)

9th July                  Yoon Seok Shin (piano)

16th July               Fumi Otsuki (violin) and Sarah Kershaw (piano)

23rd July               Rebecca White (soprano)

30th July               Nick Tudgey (guitar)

6th August           Solent Baroque

13th August         Piano Trio        Eunice Pike (piano), Cathy Mathews (violin) and Mikhail Lezdkan (‘cello)

20th August         Anna Hallett (organ)

27th August         The Anemos Trio     Karen Kingsley (piano), Rob Blanken (clarinet) and Richard Moore (bassoon)

3rd September   Reigate Winds

10th September Gerda Wilcocks (flute)

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