University choir celebrates 50 years of singing


University of Portsmouth choir will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a concert on 28 November at St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth.

Conducted by George Burrows, the programme will comprise Hummel’s Mass in B-flat and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C ('Jupiter').

Hummel was a pupil of Mozart and also a great composer in his own right. This is a chance to hear his wonderful mass setting alongside works by his teacher in a feast of choral and orchestral music.

The choir is hoping that many former students and staff of the university will be coming to the event. One notable man, who started the orchestra in 1965, will certainly be there.

Raymond Calcraft joined what was then the Portsmouth College of Technology and found that there was no musical activities at all. Together with various colleagues, including the Head of English, Phil Jenkins, put together a group. He recalls being sent to London with Dr Gillian Lovegrove, by the principal Dr Davey, to buy a piano for the college.


If you are a former student, staff member, or remember attending the concerts of the choir over the years, please bring along some old photographs as the choir would love to see them.

Those interested to find out more can contact the current Music Director, Colin Jagger, on 023 9284 3023.

Date: Saturday 28 November 2015
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: St John’s Cathedral, Edinburgh Rd, Portsmouth PO1 3HQ
Tickets £12, £10 concessions available online or on the door

Telephone: 023 9284 3023


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