Family Events

Tyran Hawthorn: Exhibition

Thursday 23 October 2014 - Wednesday 14 January 2015
Seven Ages of Woman

Portsmouth Cultural Trust are delighted to be the first to exhibit Tyran Hawthorn’s series, Seven Ages of Woman, since he graduated from UoP this summer with a First in BA (Hons) Photography. The series of seven photographs, showing the ageing process over time, are linked by Tyran to Shakespeare’s ‘Seven Ages of Man’ from ‘As You Like It’.

Guildhall Tours

Thursday 23 October 2014 - Tuesday 30 December 2014
Tuesday's 11am and Thursday's 3pm FREE

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the beautiful facade of Portsmouth Guildhall? Wonder no more, as we are opening our doors to the public for behind the scenes tours.

The Objects: Kate Bishop exhibition

Thursday 23 October 2014 - Wednesday 07 January 2015
FREE. Cafe Guildhall

Kate founded Kroma her "Creative Identity", in April 2013 whilst in her final year at the Arts University Bournemouth where she studied. With a passion for colour and design and a drive to create, Kate now Freelances from her studio residency at Making Space where she works and surrounds herself with the things that maker her tick.

Varsity Pro Wrestling

Saturday 25 October 2014 7pm. £16.50/ £13.75/ £11.25 concs. incl. BF*

The International Superstar The UK Kid takes on VPW Champion, Germany's Max 'The Machine' Von Shultz inside a steel cage!

Ensemble 360

Monday 27 October 2014 £16, £14 concessions incl. BF* The Harlequin Room. Doors 7pm, start 7.30pm

From the seductive opening melody of Dvorák’s Quintet, the work of a composer at the peak of his powers, to the dynamic contrasts of Beethoven’s Septet, this is a concert full of beauty, ‘wild dancing’ and happiness, brimming with vitality and energy.

Frozen Dance Day

Wednesday 29 October 2014 Doors 10am, £20

Dance like your favourite Frozen character this October half term.

Royal Marines Interactive Concerts

Thursday 06 November 2014 1.30pm - 2.30pm, £5 Donation

The Royal Marines School of Music are working with Portsmouth Music Hub to provide two interactive concerts on 6th November for students across the city at Portsmouth Guildhall. This is an excellent opportunity for young people to listen to a high class band and be inspired.

Portsmouth Music Hub 3rd Anniversary Celebration

Saturday 08 November 2014 Time tbc

To celebrate Portsmouth Music Hub's 3rd Anniversary there is a special performance on Saturday November 8th in Portsmouth Guildhall featuring schools and Hub Partners. This promises to be a varied programme and musical feast catering for all tastes.

Sublime Shostakovich

Friday 14 November 2014 £14.75, £19, £21, £24.25, £29.50* "Kids for a Quid"

Praised for its charming simplicity, carefree spirit and lyrical warmth, Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto is one of his happiest and most direct works. Its sublime slow movement is its crowning glory however. Opening with a cloud-shrouded string theme in a minor key, the piano enters in the major, like the sun breaking through, an effect as magical as it is simple.

Lou Lou's Vintage Fair

Saturday 22 November 2014 12am-5pm, £2 entry under 12s FREE

Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair, winner of ‘The Best Vintage Fair in the UK’ two years running, is coming to Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday 22nd November.

The Three Belles

Friday 05 December 2014 Doors 7pm, dinner 7.30pm. Tickets £16.20/ table of 10 £189/ table of 12 £226.80 incl. BF*

In The Mood- The Three Belles bring you their very own 1940s experience night! At this event you can expect to be whisked back in time for a night of nostalgia and fantastic entertainment.

Milton Glee Concert with the Royal Marines Association Concert Band

Sunday 14 December 2014 £8.50-£13

A Christmas concert for all of the family. Come and hear your Christmas favourites and come and join in on the singing. Upbeat band numbers and music from shows and movies too.

Last Night of the Christmas Proms

Thursday 18 December 2014 £14.75, £19, £21, £24.25, £29.50* "Kids for a Quid"

Kick off Christmas with a fun-packed concert for all the family, featuring seasonal classics old and new, all wrapped up with a sprinkling of magic and sparkle. Enjoy a rollercoaster of Christmas favourites including Jingle Bells, White Christmas, Sleigh Ride, The Little Drummer Boy, All I Want for Christmas is You, Let it Snow Let it Snow, Mary’s Boy Child, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, So Here it is, Merry Christmas and much, much more!

Portsmouth Beer Festival 'Christmas Sessions'

Saturday 20 December 2014 - Sunday 21 December 2014
Tickets £11.25 unreserved incl BF*

Portsmouth Beer Festival returns for the 'Christmas Sessions' 2014.

Great Beginnings

Thursday 15 January 2015 £14.75, £19, £21, £24.25, £29.50* "Kids for a Quid"

In structure, Beethoven's Piano Concerto in B-flat Major shares many traits with Mozart’s piano concertos, but in style it displays many daring deviations which are unquestionably Beethoven and reveal a remarkably sure hand belying the youthfulness of its composer.

Children's Concerts 2015

Tuesday 27 January 2015 1.30 - 2.30pm. £4.00 incl BF*

An hour of wonderful music for 5-11 year olds performed by the Southern Pro Musica Orchestra.

Joy and Triumph

Friday 30 January 2015 £14.75, £19, £21, £24.25, £29.50* "Kids for a Quid"

Schumann’s Second Symphony was a personal triumph and marked the start of the final phase of his career. It is a reflection not only of his recent health issues but also the feeling of triumph of overcoming the despair that had gripped him for a year. It transports the listener towards redemption in a way that looks back to Beethoven but also predicts the future greats, like Mahler, who were to come.

Johnny Cash Roadshow

Saturday 31 January 2015 Doors 7pm. £19.50 / £21 incl. BF*

Prepare for a musical adventure unrivalled by any other that truly celebrates the career of a music legend, Johnny Cash. The Johnny Cash Show is the only show to be endorsed by the CASH family!

Tasmin's Mendelssohn

Thursday 12 February 2015 £14.75, £19, £21, £24.25, £29.50* "Kids for a Quid"

There is perhaps no more popular or beloved violin concerto than Mendelssohn’s masterpiece. Taking a journey from darkness to light, it begins restless, mysterious and questioning, and ends in a blaze of colour, full of joy and exhilaration, sustained by virtuosic melodies and lively interplay between soloist and orchestra.

Heroes and Superheros

Friday 20 February 2015 £14.75, £19, £21, £24.25, £29.50* "Kids for a Quid"

Back by popular demand, Pete Harrison and the BSO present another evening of some of the best film scores from the movies. Blockbuster soundtracks include those written by Maurice Jarre, Hans Zimmer, John Barry, Jerry Goldsmith and, of course, the master of the film-score, John Williams.

New Horizons

Thursday 05 March 2015 £14.75, £19, £21, £24.25, £29.50* "Kids for a Quid"

Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C minor is widely regarded as the culmination of his achievement in the field of the piano concerto, and demands a larger orchestra than any of the other concertos. The severe and inexorable mood of the two great outer movements, the lofty thought and depth of passion, mark it as the true forerunner to those of Beethoven, and it is certainly well documented that the latter regarded the work very highly indeed.

Soundsational

Thursday 19 March 2015 6.30pm

Held for the first time in the main auditorium of the iconic Guildhall, Soundsational is a platform to showcase the talents of the many musicians in Portsmouth's schools and colleges.

A Night at the Ballet

Friday 20 March 2015 £14.75, £19, £21, £24.25, £29.50* "Kids for a Quid"

When you think of ballet, do you think of sugar-plum fairies, beautiful swans and dashing princes? If so, this is the perfect concert for any young aspiring ballerina or indeed any lover of great music

Timescape

Wednesday 01 April 2015 Time tbc

The new songbook from Portsmouth Music Hub's award winning composition team is published in the spring. Timescape is the world premiere of this show featuring 500 young people from across the city performing songs across time at Portsmouth Guildhall.

Country Folksongs

Friday 17 April 2015 £14.75, £19, £21, £24.25, £29.50* "Kids for a Quid"

Khachaturian was a composer with an incredible gift for melody, and the Violin Concerto is a fun and playful example of this. Its lush, oriental-sounding tunes, high-flying virtuosity and yearning melodic intensity soon appealed to worldwide audiences. Musical elements drawn from the folk songs and dances of Khachaturian’s native Armenia add to the festive intoxication, which are also present in the lusciously evocative Adagio from his ballet Spartacus.

Sunwook's Rach Three

Friday 01 May 2015 £14.75, £19, £21, £24.25, £29.50* "Kids for a Quid"

The BSO finishes its 2014/15 Portsmouth season with Principal Conductor Kirill Karabits and the BSO Artist-in-Residence Sunwook Kim. Rachmaninov said that he wrote the Third Piano Concerto “for elephants” and with its massive chords, cascading and leaping octaves, high-speed runs, dense counterpoint, and wide-spaced, busily embellished textures, it does demand a pianist with strength, dexterity, control, and stamina - and big hands! But the virtuosity always serves dramatic and expressive ends. A mood of dark, impassioned lyricism prevails throughout which builds with urgent expressiveness before reaching an almost delirious close.

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