President: Pamela Rudge, GRSM(Hons), ARCM
Registered Charity No: 1039773

Portishead Choral Society is a friendly, medium-sized, choral society with close links to the local community. Currently we have about sixty members, drawn mainly, but not exclusively, from Portishead. We are dedicated to singing and providing performances of mostly classical music in four voice parts, soprano, alto, tenor and bass.

New members are always welcome, be they experienced or new to choral singing. We do not hold auditions. More information on membership can be found on the Join us page.

Information on our concert plans and rehearsal schedule are available on the Calendar page.

Posters and programmes for recent concerts are available on the Past Programmes page.

Next concert

Portishead Choral Society presents an evening of music inspired by folk-songs of the UK and Ireland. The programme features notable works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, a key figure in 20th-century British music. Included are ‘In Windsor Forest’, a choral suite evoking the English countryside, and ‘Five Mystical Songs’, a composition that blends mysticism with Vaughan Williams’ distinctive melodic and harmonic language.

Complementing these works are three folk songs arrangements, and ‘Bach in Ireland’ Irish Jigs and Reels. A highlight of the evening will be the first performance of ‘Sweet was those Notes’, comprising five Somerset folk songs arranged by our Musical Director Jonathan Palmer for mixed voices, solo baritone, choir soloists, audience participation, and an ensemble featuring flute, violin, cello, and piano.

Portishead Choral Society will be supported by baritone Marcus Evans, the Newland Ensemble comprising Jolanta Modelska (flute), Lisa Orton (violin), and David Ellery (cello), with our regular accompanist and virtuoso pianist Richard Lennox, and conducted by Jonathan Palmer. The concert will be on Saturday 8th June 2024 at 7.30pm in Portishead Methodist Church. Tickets are available in advance via our Contact page or on the door. Join us for an engaging evening celebrating the enduring charm of folk-song interpreted in a variety of musical styles.

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