Our University of Portsmouth Choir welcomes all staff, students and townsfolk to sing together in regular rehearsals and concerts. The choir was formed in 1965 and now has somewhere near 100 members. It is a non-auditioned group that meets at 6pm on Wednesdays in Eldon W1.11 lecture theatre.
It is supported by a student chorus that meets immediately before the main choir at 5pm.
Both choirs welcome new members for the first month of each term and potential members need only show up in the Eldon Building on a Wednesday. Music is provided and the choir is led by George Burrows. The Choir will sing three concerts this year and at the University Carol Service.
The University Choir gives at least three concerts per year and has performed at home and abroad on concert tours. The Student Chorus provides an opportunity for students from within the main choir to develop their singing in a smaller ensemble.
The choir also offers Choral Scholarship that offers free singing lessons to students that attend choir following competitive auditions.
Student Choir Manager, Ed Tomalin said “Being a part of the University of Portsmouth Choir gives me an opportunity to sing alongside my studies. It has allowed me to meet new people, take part in exciting concerts and enrich my time at the University. For anyone who enjoys singing – this choir is certainly for you!”
Evening Songs with the University of Portsmouth choirs
Sunday 2 December 2018, 3.30pm, Holy Trinity, Trinity Green, Gosport
This term’s concert will feature the University of Portsmouth Choir and the University of Portsmouth Student Chorus, accompanied by Anthony Groves on piano and organ, under the direction of Dr George Burrows.
The programme is a diverse one in several senses. At the heart of the programme is the sumptuous Soir Sur La Plaine by the extraordinary French composer, Lilli Boulanger (2018 marks the centenary of her death), Joseph Rheinberger’s Abendlied and Johannes Brahms’ Der Abend.
Soprano Rebecca Silverman will sing the solos in the Boulanger and in Laudate Dominum from Mozart’s Vespers.
Alongside such ‘classics’ the choir will sing contemporary pieces by such figures as Will Todd, Ruth Morris Gray and the African-American composer-arranger, Victor C. Johnson. There is something for everyone in this musical feast about eventide.
Admission is free, with a retiring collection
Further information about choir is available from firstname.lastname@example.org or 02392843023