Choral Union to reprise masterpiece

Chris Difford onstage at The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth. Picture: Paul Windsor

REVIEW: Chris Difford at The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth

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Portsmouth Choral Union, fresh from a rapturously received performance of Berlioz’s Te Deum at the Royal Albert Hall in London, will sing the same monumental masterpiece as part of the Portsmouth Festivities on Sunday (7.30pm).

The work is seldom performed because it demands a huge number of musicians. In London the line-up also included Guildford Choral Society, the Chichester Singers, the City of London Choir and four school choirs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by PCU’s former musical director, Jonathan Willcocks.

In Portsmouth, the Choral Union will be joined by the Southern Pro Musica, Fareham Philharmonic Choir and choristers from St John’s College, Southsea, conducted by PCU’s current director, David Gostick.

The concert also features the Te Deum and Stabat Mater from Verdi’s Four Sacred Pieces, and Wagner’s overture to Die Meistersinger.

Tickets cost £14 (concessions available) from (023) 9282 2227 or pcuticketing@gmail.com. They are also available from the Guildhall, where a booking fee is added.