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 2017/2018

Friday 1st December at 7.30pmA Musical Feast!

Paul Pilott, Louise Helyer & Friends will be delighting us with their singing in an informal setting with wine and canapes to go! To include songs from the shows, Haydn, Mozart and Gilbert & Sullivan.

Tickets are £7.50 and are available from Wendy in the Church Office (02392 321380).

Friday 29th December at 1pm – Paul Snoek with a 70 strong visiting Dutch choir will be entertaining us with choral music, organ solos and carols to sing a long with – this will be Free entry with a retiring collection and our Tea Rooms will be open.

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

More details and ticket prices to follow shortly.