New choir returns

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A select new Portsmouth choir that made a successful debut in the city during the lead-up to Christmas is to follow up with a programme for Lent and Passiontide.

The Nelson Consort, founded and directed by Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral sub-organist Oliver Hancock, will again perform at St George’s Church in St Georges’ Square, Portsea, on Thursday, (7.30pm). The main work will be the Requiem by Herbert Howells, and other composers represented include Purcell, Poulenc, Casals, Gesualdo, Victoria, Lotti and Charles Ives.

Specialising in singing unaccompanied, the choir consists of only eight singers including six members of the cathedral choir.

Tickets cost £5 (concessions £3), including glass of wine, at the door.