Portsmouth Festivities highlights

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Friday, June 19


Choral Evensong

Cathedral Choir. Music by Philip Stopford and Bob Chilcott (repeated on Sunday at 6pm)


A Summer Night’s Serenade: The London Mozart Players, Laura Van Der Heijden and Tim Posner

The UK’s longest-established chamber orchestra is joined by Laura van der Heijden (BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012) and the Festivities Youth Choir.

Saturday, June 20


Sounds and Visions

Lively, entertaining and family-friendly, this is a collaboration between the Benyounes string quartet and Aspex Gallery associate visual artist Melanie Rose.


Swingle Singers Singing Workshop

Take your passion for music and singing to the next level.

Join members of The Swingle Singers for a workshop.

11.30am and 3pm

Bill and Bobby: Stopgap Dance Company

Open air performance by one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary dance 
troupes, the Stopgap Dance Company.


Seafood on the Green

A proper Portsmouth feast for all the family – a rustic lunch with wine bar and music.


Kipling and Trix

Rudyard Kipling and his little sister Trix arrived in Southsea when they were both tiny.

Inspired by historical facts, Mary Hamer’s Virginia Prize winning novel Kipling and Trix tells their story.


Swingle Singers: pre-concert talk


Bill and Bobby: Open Dance Workshop with Stopgap Dance Company

An opportunity to join the creative team behind Bill & Bobby and The Seafarers for a free practical dance workshop.


The Swingle Singers: Timeless

With powerful and versatile voices, The Swingle Singers work classic music into wonderful and surprising new shapes.

Sunday, June 21


Opening Service

A service to celebrate the opening of Portsmouth Festivities 2015.

The Cathedral Choir, The Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir and Portsmouth High School for Girls Chamber Choir sing, with music by Joseph Haydn and Gabriel Jackson.


Spice Island Art Trail

Local artists showcase their work in historic venues throughout Old Portsmouth.


Portsmouth Choral Union

The Portsmouth Choral Union, Fareham Philharmonic Choir and Southern Pro Music Orchestra come together for one night only to perform timeless classics by Berlioz, Verdi and Wagner.

For more information see the Portsmouth festivities website