Music Events

The King is Back - Starring Ben Portsmouth

Monday 22 December 2014 £21.00 incl BF and £19.50 incl. BF, Doors 7pm. POSTPONED

POSTPONED. 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.

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.

Showaddywaddy

Saturday 17 January 2015 Doors 7pm. £21.50 incl. BF*

Formed in the 1970’s in Leicester from several local bands Showaddywaddy have sold more than 20 million records and had audiences dancing the night away all over the world. So come and join the ‘Dancing party’…‘you’ve got what it takes’!

Benyounes Quartet

Monday 19 January 2015 £16, £14 concessions incl. BF* The Harlequin Room. Doors 7pm

“The polish of the Benyounes Quartet was new… they already seem seasoned veterans with their tight ensemble and confident projection” The Times

Children's Concerts 2015

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

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

An Evening of Stuff & Nonsense with Tim Vine, Harry Hill, Neil Innis and friends

Wednesday 28 January 2015 Doors 6.30pm / £10, £15 incl BF*

Featuring live performances from Harry Hill, Sheila Hancock, Tim Vine, Neil Innes and The Noise Next Door, with exclusive video performances from Matt Lucas, Jenny Eclair and many other special guests, all hosted by award-winning double act Max and Ivan.

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.

Trio Martinu

Monday 16 February 2015 £16, £14 concessions incl. BF* The Harlequin Room. Doors 7pm

Now in its 25th year and renowned for their interpretations of composers from their native Bohemia, Trio Martinu is in demand across Europe, with performances this season in the UK, Spain, The Netherlands and throughout the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Sam Bailey - The Power of Love

Tuesday 17 February 2015 Doors 7pm. £27.50, £29.50.

Sam Bailey stole the hearts of a nation on X Factor and since winning her feet have barely touched the ground. Following the announcement of the imminent release of her debut album, Sam has now also confirmed a string of winter UK tour dates.

Heroes and Superheros

Friday 20 February 2015 £14.75, £19, £21, £24.25, £29.50* "Kids for a Quid", Doors 7pm

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.

Abba Mania

Saturday 28 February 2015 Doors 7pm.

It is 40 years since ABBA won Eurovision and now it's your chance to thank ABBA for the music!

Royal Blood

Monday 02 March 2015 Doors 7pm

After tickets for their upcoming UK and Ireland tour sold-out within just two minutes, Royal Blood can now announce details of a major European tour which includes their biggest headline show to date.

New Horizons

Thursday 05 March 2015 £14.75, £19, £21, £24.25, £29.50* "Kids for a Quid", Doors 7pm

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.

Paul Weller

Saturday 07 March 2015 Doors 7pm. £41.80 incl. BF*

Paul Weller has announced a 14 date tour for March 2015. The tour sees Paul play a more varied selection of towns across the UK than the usual run of arenas

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

Monday 09 March 2015 7.30pm. £19.25/ £24.75 incl. BF* plus a number of higher priced gold circle tickets available

Having performed 500 major concert shows to over a half a million fans around the world since they formed over a decade ago, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac return to the UK to present a spectacular new stage production celebrating the music of the legendary rock supergroup Fleetwood Mac.

The Stranglers

Monday 16 March 2015 Doors 7pm, £25.30 adv. incl BF*

2014 marks 40 years in the music business for The Stranglers, with a sell out anniversary tour, European tour and many festival appearances. The Stranglers are back as strong as ever in 2015 with their 'March On' tour of the UK.

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", Doors 7pm

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

Blue

Saturday 21 March 2015 £27.50 incl BF*, Doors 7pm

Lee Ryan, Antony Costa, Duncan James and Simon Webbe catapulted to fame in 2001 with their Top 5 single ‘All Rise’. The affable quartet quickly ascended to the top of the charts with three #1 albums, scored highly-respectable collaborations with Elton John and Stevie Wonder, and even represented the UK in 2011 at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Sleeping with Sirens vs Pierce the Veil

Monday 30 March 2015 £22 incl. *BF, Doors 7pm

After announcing the first leg of their world tour, Sleeping With Sirens & Pierce The Veil; two of the most exciting and compelling forces on the music scene today are proud to announce EU & UK dates for Spring 2015 in conjunction with Rockstar Energy Drink.

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.

Simple Minds

Wednesday 15 April 2015 Doors 7pm. £43.45-£54.45 incl. BF*

Fresh from their renaissance and rightful reappraisal, Simple Minds will be releasing BIG MUSIC, their first album of new material in five years on November 3rd and will also be embarking on a major multiple date UK tour in 2015.

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.

National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Wednesday 22 April 2015 Doors 7pm, Tickets £15,£12,£5 incl. BF*. Group offers available.

Visiting Portsmouth Guildhall for the first time and now celebrating 50 years of existence NYJO features some of the best, most gifted and talented next generation UK jazz musicians.

Status Quo 'Aquostic Live'

Friday 24 April 2015 Tickets £42.35 adv / £53.35 - Doors 7pm

Britain’s best-loved rockers Status Quo will undertake a truly special 5 date “Aquostic Live 2015” UK tour in April 2015.

Chas & Dave - On The Road Tour

Friday 24 April 2015 Doors 7pm, £26.95 / £29.15 incl BF*

CANCELLED. 2014 sees Chas & Dave mark their 50th year in music together with their 'On the road tour'.

Melvyn Tan

Monday 27 April 2015 £16, £14 concessions incl. BF* The Harlequin Room. Doors 7pm

A beautifully balanced programme featuring the incomparable keyboard music of JS Bach, a rare opportunity to hear the music of the Russian-based Irish composer John Field, and works by the great giants of the piano, Liszt and Chopin. At the heart of which lies a series of ‘meditations’ inspired by JS Bach’s setting of Bist du bei mir composed by some of Britain’s finest living composers, including Michael Berkeley, Diana Burrell, Peter Maxwell Davies, Jonathan Dove, Thea Musgrave, Tarik O'Regan and Judith Weir.

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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