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“IN TUNE WITH HEAVEN” – concert review

Last Saturday’s concert was a really enjoyable event full of special and exciting moments. It was well worth all the hard work for the choir, and very rewarding to see the audience having such a great evening – and it was a novel and uplifting experience having a children’s choir perform with us. We started the concert by singing the Ukrainian National Anthem to show solidarity, and collected £190 afterwards for the Ukraine appeal. It was another successful concert enjoyed by all, and a real “variety performance”!

We are very pleased to have received a comment from an audience member:
“My wife and I attended your very innovative March concert. Portishead is fortunate in having such high-quality music-making on the doorstep.”

Next concert – “IN TUNE WITH HEAVEN”

We are delighted to be singing together again after the break enforced by the COVID pandemic. We are now rehearsing at Portishead Methodist Church, on Thursday evenings, and have reverted to our usual starting time of 7.30pm. Please see the ‘Join us’ page if you are considering becoming a member. Our next concert will be on Saturday 19th March …

For more details please contact our Chair.

Carol singing, 21 Dec 2021

Members of the society met outside the Waitrose store in Portishead to sing carols and collect donations for the charity Crisis at Christmas. Our Chair, Alex Cottrell, sent this message …

A huge thank you and congratulations to those stalwarts who turned up to sing outside Waitrose last night – 17 singers, conducted by Jonathan. Despite the relatively small numbers and being outdoors on a cold night, you produced a good sound. I’m so pleased we managed something that lets the public know we exist and are still singing, and collecting for charity. Thanks again, stalwarts! It was lovely to see you in action!

Jonathan Palmer’s plans for early 2022

Next term, I have decided to continue the idea of extracts from substantial works, and to resurrect some of the music we were rehearsing for the Concert on 4 April 2020, when we had to cease rehearsals due to the outbreak of the pandemic. Hopefully we will be able to enjoy having an orchestra again in the future, but for now, we are fortunate in having our supremely confident accompanist, Richard Lennox. The venue will probably be either the Methodist Church or the Gordano School Hall.

I have included two works that we were rehearsing in March 2020 for the concert on April 4th; excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise and Parry’s Blest Pair of Sirens. It would be good to feel that that rehearsal time had not gone to waste.

There will also be excerpts from my She Walks in Beauty, a work I composed twenty years ago to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Because our concert will take place within her Platinum Jubilee Year, some of the music will have Royal associations. As in past concerts, there will also be some instrumental music.

Our soloists will be Eloise Routledge, who sang in our Summer concert (‘An Evening at the Opera’) in June 2015 and in our Poulenc Gloria in December 2016, and Edward Goater lives in Somerset and has performed all over the UK.

Comments on “GLORIA!”

“We all had such a great time singing and making music and were able to forget about Omicron”

“Despite all the issues, we managed & enjoyed singing our programme putting everyone into a Christmas Spirit. Great assortment of Music & Carols & audience participation which everyone enjoyed. Well done Jonathan who ended up rather like a One Man Band in not only leading us but also doing a great solo on his Cello. Also Richard with an incredible Christmas Composition & how beautiful was Katherines Solo. I’m sure those who attended went away feeling The Christmas Spirit & helping to dispel some of the Doom & Gloom we are all experiencing.”

“Sending a sincere ‘thank you’ to everyone involved with the PCS Christmas Concert which was so very special. My daughter and husband said the Concert was brilliant, so uplifting and they loved the audience participation. They especially enjoyed the intimacy and being close to the heart of the live music being played so brilliantly by Johnathon and Richard.”

“GLORIA!” concert update

We are working towards a concert entitled “GLORIA! A CELEBRATION OF SINGING TOGETHER AGAIN”, which will include four contrasting settings of “Gloria”. Due to the COVID-19 situation and other illnesses that become prevalent in winter, the concert planned for Thursday 16 December 2021 has been changed to a “closed performance” for a small number of invited friends and family only. This means that we are not selling tickets to the general public to avoid the issues that would arise if we have to cancel the concert. The choir is still rehearsing with great enthusiasm and are looking forward to a very festive performance on 16th December where, instead of selling tickets, we will be encouraging those who are invited to be our audience to contribute to a charity (TBD).