New choir to make their
debut tonight

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A new chamber choir, founded and directed by Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral’s sub-organist, makes its debut in a Christmas concert at an historic venue in the city tonight.

The Nelson Consort, named after the hero of Trafalgar, consists of eight professional singers including four lay clerks at the cathedral.

The choir has been set up by Oliver Hancock, 27, a former organ scholar at both Oxford and Cambridge universities. The inaugural concert is at St George’s Church in St George’s Square, Portsea,

It will include the premiere of a setting of There Is No Rose by Tim Parsons, a colleague when Oliver studied for his master’s degree at Cambridge. More established names among the composers are Britten, Howells, Victoria, Poulenc and Walton.

Tickets cost £5 (concessions £3), including mince pies and mulled wine. Inquiries to