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Friday 18 September 2015 Dinner 6.30pm / Doors 7pm - £19.75, £29.75 incl. booking fee.

CANCELLED - This is the first show to truly celebrate and showcase all of Bacharach's hits in one glorious production. Enjoy an intimate evening of dinner and a concert, cabaret style, in our main auditorium.

Heroes' Tide by James Dunlop

Sunday 20 September 2015 Tickets £10. Under 16s £1 with an adult. Doors 2.30pm.

A Live Recording Experience in aid of The Portsmouth D-Day Museum Trust, plus a programme of choral pieces by individual choirs introduced by D-Day Veterans.

An Evening with Bryan Ferry

Thursday 01 October 2015 Doors 7pm, £38.50/ £49.50/ £60.50/ £71.50 incl BF*

After an impressive set of performances around the world throughout 2014 including the lauded Glastonbury and Coachella debuts, British musical icon Bryan Ferry has announced a 20 date UK tour in May and June 2015.

Tonic 3

Saturday 03 October 2015 CANCELLED. First 1000 tickets £27.50 incl.BF* thereafter £33 incl.BF*, on the day £38.50 incl.BF*

CANCELLED. Festival of live music, DJs, art and spoken word is just the Tonic BRITPOP legends Cast are among a fantastic line-up of great acts set to perform as part of a one-day festival of music, art, spoken word, dance, comedy and much more at Portsmouth Guildhall later this year.

Milton Glee Club: SING! Featuring The RMA Band and Bath Chorus

Sunday 04 October 2015 3pm. Tickets £6.50-£14.00

Come and experience the wonderful sound of 150 singers. A 'coming together' of 2 choirs, the MGC and The Bath Chorus, combined with the renowned skills of the Royal Marine Association Band and the power of the Guildhall organ, in this musical spectacular.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Petrushka

Friday 16 October 2015 £14.75 - £29.50 (incl. booking fees). 7.30pm

The new BSO season opens with one of the most famous pieces in classical music, Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, played by Boris Giltburg who wowed BSO audiences in Poole last season. The concert is conducted by Mexican Carlos Miguel Prieto and also features Stravinsky’s great ballet suite Petrushka, bursting with the energy and inventiveness of youth.

Doric Quartet

Monday 19 October 2015 £16, £14 concession including booking fee: book all six concerts and get a 20% discount. 7.30pm

Described by Gramophone magazine as “one of the finest young string quartets”, the Doric String Quartet has emerged as the leading British string quartet amongst the new generation, receiving glowing responses from audiences and critics across the globe.


Wednesday 21 October 2015 Doors 7pm. £35.75 including booking fee.

With over forty UK Top 40 hit singles and sales of over 100 million records, making them one of the most successful British groups of all-time. UB40 are heading back on the road to play their history of hits once again.

Nine Below Zero Acoustic

Friday 23 October 2015 Tickets £16 / £18 including booking fee. Harlequin Room. Doors 7.30pm.

Dennis Greaves & Mark Feltham are heading to town to celebrate the Blues with an intimate concert. Nine Below Zero’s founding members are going back to their roots to perform a series of acoustic concerts as a duo.

An Evening with Donovan

Saturday 24 October 2015 £27.50, £33 including. booking fee, Doors 7pm

You will be treated to Donovan’s history of all his hits: ‘Sunshine Superman’, ‘Mellow Yellow’, ‘The Hurdy Gurdy Man’, Jenifer Juniper’ to name a few, plus also his legendary storytelling and cult songs.

The Legendary Dave Berry with The Norman Beaker Band

Thursday 29 October 2015 Doors 7.30pm, £19.25 incl.BF*

Dave Berry began his musical journey as a teen idol in the 1960s, accompanied by his backing band The Cruisers (which included for a time such notables as John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Big Jim Sullivan). He performed a mixture of R&B and pop and enjoyed considerable commercial success, including Memphis Tennessee, My Baby Left Me, Baby It's You, The Crying Game, Little Things and This Strange Effect, all of which hit the UK Top 40. Another single, Don’t Gimme No Lip Child was notably covered by the Sex Pistols!


Friday 30 October 2015 £14.75 - £29.50 (incl. booking fees). 7.30pm

Conductor James Gaffigan returns to the BSO for Shostakovich’s popular and massive Symphony No.11 “The Year 1905”, which depicts events of a first, failed attempt at a revolution in Russia in 1905.

Queen Extravaganza

Sunday 01 November 2015 Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £26.95 incl BF*

Roger Taylor’s Queen Extravaganza plays one special night in Portsmouth to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their platinum-selling album.

Jools Holland & His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

Saturday 07 November 2015 Doors 7pm. £32.45 / £39.60 incl BF*

Jools Holland will be bringing the greatest boogie-woogie party around the UK once again with his annual tour.

Joe Satriani

Monday 09 November 2015 £41.80/ £37.95 incl BF*

Unstoppable Momentum certainly isn’t Joe Satriani’s first trip to the record-making rodeo. Prior to the new album, the guitar superstar had already released 13 landmark solo studio recordings that changed the landscape of six-string-oriented music, including his multi-platinum effort from 1987, Surfing With The Alien.

Go West & Nik Kershaw with T'Pau

Thursday 12 November 2015 Doors 7pm. £27.50 / £29.70 / £31.90 including booking fee.

The 80s are back as three critically acclaimed legends of the era join forces in this major new UK tour. Celebrating their 30th anniversary, Go West together in concert with Nik Kershaw and very special guest Carol Decker from T’Pau are united for one night only in Portsmouth.


Friday 13 November 2015 £14.75 - £29.50 (incl. booking fees). 7.30pm

Steven Isserlis is the foremost British cellist of today, and has developed an especially prolific artistic relationship with BSO Principal Conductor, Kirill Karabits. Don’t miss your chance to hear Isserlis playsone of the most popular cello concertos – Shostakovich’s First.

The Waterboys

Saturday 14 November 2015 Doors 7pm. £35.75, £31.35 incl. BF*

Now with the 'Modern Blues' album and tour, The Waterboys crash thrillingly back into the present with a new sound, a new line-up and, as always, the promise of the unexpected.

A Celebration of Peter Cropper

Monday 16 November 2015 £16, £14 concession including booking fee: book all six concerts and get a 20% discount. 7.30pm

We are proud to present a concert marking what would have been the 70th birthday of Music in the Round’s founder, Peter Cropper, who died suddenly in May 2015.

Bellowhead - The Farewell Tour

Saturday 21 November 2015 Doors 7pm. Standing £21.45 / Seated £26.95 including booking fee.

After 12 amazing years, the UK’s most successful folk band Bellowhead are calling it a day. The band plan to mark their departure in characteristically ambitious style and have announced a two-part farewell tour in November 2015 and April 2016. Their final show on May Day, 1st May 2016, will be an intimate concert at Oxford Town Hall, the very same venue where it all began.

BRIT FLOYD: Space & Time World Tour 2015

Tuesday 24 November 2015 Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £32.45-£43.45 including booking fee.

The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show. An amazing journey through five decades of Pink Floyd.

Gareth Malone

Sunday 29 November 2015 £27.50, £41.25, £49.50, £108.90 incl BF*

Join the nation’s favourite choirmaster and his choir ‘Voices’ for an all new show in 2015

Judas Priest

Monday 30 November 2015 Doors 7pm. Tickets £42.35 incl. booking fee.

There are few heavy metal bands that have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest have during their nearly 40 year career.


Thursday 03 December 2015 £14.75 - £29.50 (incl. booking fees). 7.30pm

The concert celebrates Finnish composer’s Jean Sibelius’ 150th anniversary and features his last 3 significant compositions: music to Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, the tone poem Tapiola telling of mysterious northern landscapes, and his last symphony, No.7, which builds up to a beautiful final melodic sweep and hymn.

Spike Edney and his All Star Band

Tuesday 08 December 2015 Doors 7pm. Tickets £36.30 / £44.00 including BF*

We are excited to announce that Queen’s keyboard player and musical director, Spike Edney, will be bringing his all-star band and some rockstar friends to your venue this year. The line-up will feature artists who have performed with the SAS Band (aka Spike's All-Stars) since their debut at The Gosport Festival in 1994.

Steeleye Span

Wednesday 16 December 2015 Doors 7pm. £23.50 incl. booking fee.

With a career that has taken in an astounding six decades, Steeleye Span is not just a legendary name in British music but also a link to the classic days of rock and folk music. Contemporaries of the likes of Led Zeppelin and Fairport Convention, they have gone on to change the face of folk music forever, taking it from small clubs and festivals into the world of chart topping albums and international tours.


Monday 21 December 2015 £14.75 - £29.50 (incl. booking fees). 7.30pm

This fun-packed celebration of Christmas is fast becoming an annual tradition here at the Guildhall! Again conducted by Pete Harrison, who is this year joined by fantastic singers Stephen Weller and Shona Lindsay, kick off Christmas with a concert for all the family.

Thriller Live

Sunday 27 December 2015 - Thursday 31 December 2015
Doors 7pm (except matinee at 3pm). Tickets: £21.45 to £33 including booking fee.

A Musical Celebration of Michael and the Jackson 5. Now in its record breaking 6th year after huge success in the West End, THRILLER LIVE is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer.


Thursday 14 January 2016 £14.75 - £29.50 (incl. booking fees). 7.30pm

Young extraordinary Ukranian violinist Valeryi Sokolov makes his debut with the BSO with favourite by Shostakovich, the First Violin Concerto, which requires huge technical and physical ability from the performer. The concert is conducted by Kees Bakels, a welcome regular BSO guest conductor.

The King is Back - Starring Ben Portsmouth

Saturday 16 January 2016 Doors 7pm. £22.55/ £24.75 incl. BF* Group offer applies.

Winner of Elvis Presley Enterprise Memphis Ultimate Elvis competition. UK Elvis tribute artiste, Ben Portsmouth, topped the bill on David Letterman show 8th February 2013.

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