Music Events

Chesney Hawkes and Friends: 25 years of 'The One and Only' 1991-2016

Wednesday 27 July 2016 The Harlequin Room, £14.50 including booking fee and restoration levy

Chesney Hawkes & Friends play live in Portsmouth Guildhall's Harlequin Room.

Recharge: 55+ singing workshops

Friday 05 August 2016 - Friday 30 September 2016
Singing Workshops for 55+ Fridays from April 22nd - 10am, £3

Singing makes you feel great! It exercises your heart and lungs. It can lift your mood no matter what the weather. No auditions necessary and there is no need to read music so come along and join in the feel good sessions.

Royal Marines School of Music Graduation

Saturday 06 August 2016 2pm, £13.45 including booking fee

The world famous Royal Marines School of Music return to the Guildhall in Portsmouth for their biggest and most exciting concert of the year.

Clocktower Classics Motor Show

Sunday 21 August 2016 Free Entry + Music. Guildhall Square.

Portsmouth Scene Promotions and Portsmouth Cultural Trust invite you to enjoy the free Clocktower Classics Motor Show, now in its second year!

Johnny Cash Roadshow

Thursday 15 September 2016 Doors 7pm. Tickets £20.90 / £23.10 including booking fee.

The UK’s No1 celebration of Johnny Cash, fronted by award winning singer/songwriter Clive John, re-creates with astounding accuracy and truly captures the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show!

The Jive Aces

Tuesday 20 September 2016 Doors 7pm. Tickets £15.50 including booking fee.

Having become the first ever band to reach the semi finals of Britain's Got Talent in 2012 following up with a performance for Her Majesty The Queen as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and performances for both the Olympic and Paralympic celebrations, The Jive Aces have truly established themselves as the UK's top Jive & Swing band.

The King of Pop

Wednesday 28 September 2016 Doors 7pm. Tickets £19.20 / £23.60 / £36.80 VIP Meet & Greet including booking fee & restoration levy.

Navi is regarded as the world’s No.1 MJ tribute artist and was hand-picked by Michael himself as his official body double.  Michael also hired Navi to perform at two of his birthday parties where he gave him a standing ovation and described his performance as “Incredible”.

EVOLVE: Family Workshop 3

Saturday 01 October 2016 FREE // The Evolve Family workshops are specialist creative sessions for children with autism and SEN and their families.

The Evolve Family workshops are specialist creative sessions for children with autism and SEN and their families. The sessions are led by practising artists and supported by an occupational therapist. Sessions run from 1.30-3pm.

The Milton Glee Choir

Sunday 02 October 2016 3pm, £14.20, £12.75, £9.40, £9.25, £6.50

Come along to Portsmouth Guildhall on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy our Autumn concert. This concert will be sure to lift your spirits and evoke wonderful memories.

Jamie T

Monday 03 October 2016 £28 including booking fee & levy. 7pm.

Back with a new album, Jamie T comes to Portsmouth Guildhall on the Trick Tour 2016

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Power and Glory

Wednesday 05 October 2016 Doors 7pm, £31.25, £25.75, £22.50, £20.50, £16.00 including booking fee and restoration levy

Walton’s First Symphony was a landmark of English composition and represents the peak of his symphonic thinking. Its turbulent emotions and high-voltage energy were the fruit of tempestuous events surrounding Walton at the time. After an eloquent, dramatic first movement, a stinging, malicious Scherzo and a truly melancholic slow movement, the finale is totally different in outlook – an almost Elgarian ceremonial jubilation, as if a cloud has lifted.

SIGMA - The Big Mutiny Festival Reunion

Saturday 08 October 2016 - Sunday 09 October 2016
£17 including booking fee & levy. 9pm

Sigma return to Portsmouth with a DJ set for a Mutiny Festival's big reunion party.

Benyounes Quartet

Monday 10 October 2016 £17, £15, £81.60, £72 including booking fee and restoration levy

The Portsmouth Cultural Trust is delighted to introduce this season’s Portsmouth Chamber Music Series, in partnership with Music in the Round, the University of Portsmouth and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy an evening of chamber music in the intimate and rather unusual setting of the Portsmouth Guildhall stage (see image below)

Level 42: Sirens II Tour

Tuesday 18 October 2016 £30.80 including booking fee

Following on from the very successful Sirens shows of 2014 and 2015, Level 42 have today announced that they will be hitting the road once again in October 2016 for a tour of the UK in support of their new ‘Sirens II’ EP. Starting in Llandudno on the 3rd October the tour will play a further 19 shows, culminating at London’s Eventim Apollo on 29th October and will see the band play a host of their greatest hits as well as new material from the Sirens II EP.

The Australian Pink Floyd Show

Thursday 20 October 2016 Venue Open 6pm (cafe and bar), Auditorium doors 7pm. Tickets £31.35-£43.45 incl BF.

Selling 4 million tickets worldwide and described by The Times as “The Gold Standard” and The Daily Mirror as “The Kings of the Genre”, The Australian Pink Floyd Show gave its first ever concert in Adelaide, Australia in 1988. Since then, they have performed in over 35 countries worldwide; played at David Gilmour’s 50th birthday celebration and were even joined on stage by Rick Wright. TAPFS is the leading and biggest show of its kind in the world.

Shane Filan

Saturday 22 October 2016 - Saturday 22 October 2016
Doors 6.30pm, Meet and Greet £195.50, Standard £55.50, £36.25 including booking fee and restoration levy

Westlife frontman Shane Filan has announced the second leg of his major indoor UK tour for October 2016, including the Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday 22nd October. In the wake of the huge success of both his ‘Right Here Tour’ in early 2016 and the ‘Right Here’ album the Irish pop sensation will be giving fans the opportunity to see him perform Westlife favourites as well as his own recent tracks.

The Musical Box recreating ‘Selling England by the Pound’

Monday 24 October 2016 £51.15 (golden tickets) £36.25 incl. booking fee & restoration levy.

‘THE MUSICAL BOX is The Exclusive, Authorised by PETER GABRIEL Recreation of GENESIS … using original production sets, props projection, lights provided by GENESIS. To prog fans everywhere, THESE PERFORMANCES are revered as the original GENESIS tours from 40 years ago, meticulously recreated by THE MUSICAL BOX under exclusive license from GENESIS. No ‘so-called tribute’ on earth is afforded this type of privilege, license, access to original tech specs AND support from the original band.’

Jamie Lawson

Wednesday 26 October 2016 Doors 7pm. Tickets £19.80 including booking fee.

Last year, Jamie was announced as the first signing to Ed Sheeran’s own label Gingerbread Man Records. In the whirlwind that followed, Jamie toured with Ed across the world, went from playing to 150 people at London’s Barfly to supporting One Direction on their final full UK arena tour. His self-titled album, released in October 2015, reached #1 in the UK and has sold over a quarter of a million copies worldwide. Furthermore, his juggernaut single Wasn’t Expecting That has to date sold over 400k copies in the UK. 

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Rachmaninov Revisited

Thursday 27 October 2016 Doors 7pm, £31.25, £25.75, £22.50, £20.50, £16.00 including booking fee and restoration levy

“I have rewritten my first concerto; it is really good now” said Rachmaninov to a friend. “All the youthful freshness is there, and yet it plays itself so much more easily.” It contains all the signatures of his mature style – polished melodies, a demanding solo part and sumptuous orchestral writing, acquired during the two decades he spent as both a conductor and composer. Yet a youthful, dramatic energy is still evident from the opening bars to its show-stopping conclusion.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

Thursday 03 November 2016 Doors 7pm, start 7.30pm. £40.70 / £32.45

Musical master of ceremonies Jools Holland and his much loved Rhythm & Blues Orchestra have announced the run of dates and special guests of their 2016 Autumn/Winter UK tour.

Alfie Boe and Michael Ball - Together

Tuesday 08 November 2016 £72, £55.50, £39 including booking fee and restoration levy

Two of the greatest voices in the world, the nation's leading musical theatre star, Michael Ball and the nation's favourite tenor, Alfie Boe, today announce that they are joining forces for the first time, to record a brand new album as well as take to the stage for a unique UK headline Tour.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Romance and Revelry

Thursday 10 November 2016 Doors 7pm, £31.25, £25.75, £22.50, £20.50, £16.00 including booking fee and restoration levy

The Fourth is the only one of Bruckner’s nine symphonies to have a subtitle. Friends had suggested that rather than write music that told no story he should create a work that was more evocative. Bruckner was not terribly enthusiastic as appending a programme rather got in the way of what he was trying to accomplish artistically, but he went along with the idea. The result is quite glorious – a sort of Teutonic romanticism suggestive of medieval castles, knights on horseback and celebratory hunts. Perhaps more than any other single work, the Fourth reflects all the characteristic elements of Bruckner’s symphonic pilgrimage – the easy-going rusticity of the earlier symphonies, the lofty grandeur of the final three, and the highly personal concept of span, colour and momentum that make the authorship of these works unmistakable. There too is the impression of a darker element, rather at odds with the idyllic Romantic context Bruckner himself specified, and eventually a brilliant apotheosis.

Queen Extravaganza

Monday 14 November 2016 Doors 7pm, £31.85, £51.65 including booking fee & restoration levy

Created and produced by Queen’s Roger Taylor, the Queen Extravaganza returns to the UK to play a special tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of Queen’s iconic album, ‘A Night At The Opera’, long viewed as one of the greatest rock albums of all time, which produced such classic tracks as, ‘You’re My Best Friend’, “Love of My Life”, Taylor’s own “I’m In Love With My Car”, as well as the band’s legendary “Bohemian Rhapsody”. 

An Evening with Gabrielle

Tuesday 15 November 2016 Doors 7pm, £33.50, £28 including booking fee and restoration levy

Following her incredible performances supporting the legendary Michael Bolton on his nationwide tour, one of the UK’s most loved singer-songwriters Gabrielle has announced a string of very special UK shows for October and November 2016 including a performance at The Portsmouth Guildhall on 15th November 2016. Receiving such an amazing response from audiences and press, Gabrielle will head out with her stripped back band performing all of her greatest hits up close and personal. Gabrielle said “There are songs I haven’t performed for years that I think it’s time to bring out of the archives and who knows by then I may have a couple of new ones to add as well, I love performing live, when I’m at home being mum it’s so easy to forget that there are people who come along to see me and sing along to songs I’ve written, it’s an amazing feeling. I’m so grateful that after 23 years I still have the chance to perform and record, it’s what I know and what I love, when I said dreams can come true, I wasn’t wrong!”

An Evening with Black Stone Cherry

Monday 21 November 2016 £31.30 including booking fee and restoration levy. Doors 7pm.

This time around, instead of playing big arenas, the band are undertaking a more extensive run of dates in the more intimate setting of theatres.  The tour is dubbed 'Experience Kentucky: An Evening With Black Stone Cherry.'

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Hammer Blows

Thursday 24 November 2016 Doors 7pm, £31.25, £25.75, £22.50, £20.50, £16.00 including booking fee and restoration levy

Mahler’s Sixth Symphony is structurally his most conservative, but in terms of expression it is not conservative at all. It stretches the capabilities of Mahler’s largest orchestra with relentless marches, angular melodies, and adventurous harmonies. Although the composer was ambivalent about attributing programmatic aspects to his works, he informally titled the Sixth the ‘Tragic’ Symphony without providing a detailed programme. It has been called both absolute music and a portrayal of the fall of a Hero, Mankind, or Mahler himself.

Julia Fordham

Sunday 27 November 2016 7pm dinner, 8pm show. £26 ticket, £36 with dinner including booking fee

After her sold out Porcelain 25 tour, internationally acclaimed singer songwriter Julia Fordham is back. Perfoming a selection of fan favourites, LITERALLY! Her “Live By Request” show will include songs requested in advance by YOU. Along with the hits (Happy Ever After, Where Does The Time Go, (Love Moves) In Mysterious Ways, I Thought It Was You), Julia has decided to reach out and ask her fans what songs they might like to have added to the set. All suggestions will be placed in and then pulled from what Julia promises will be a very large and fashionable hat before the tour begins. With her exquisite voice, stellar musicians and collection of memorable songs, this will be an evening not to be missed!


Friday 02 December 2016 Doors 7pm. Tickets £28 including booking fee and restoration levy.

Brighton folk punk band Levellers will play their classic album in full plus other hits on a mammoth UK tour supported by Ferocious Dog to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of their second full-length, and now classic, album.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Fireworks from Armenia

Thursday 08 December 2016 Doors 7pm, £31.25, £25.75, £22.50, £20.50, £16.00 including booking fee and restoration levy

Khachaturian had an affinity for writing concertos and easily completed his Violin Concerto in just two months. He remembered “I worked without effort... the themes came to me in such abundance that I had a hard time putting them in some order.” It is a work imbued with the music of his Armenian homeland, filled with festive brilliance, blazing orchestral colour and sparkling virtuosity. As it unfolds, the soloist is required to display one dazzling technical feat after another.

The Milton Glee Club Christmas Concert

Sunday 11 December 2016 3pm, £14.20, £12.75, £9.40, £9.25, £6.50

Come along to Portsmouth Guildhall on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy our Autumn concert. This concert will be sure to lift your spirits and evoke wonderful memories.

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