Portsmouth music scene

An assortment of musical odds and ends

Here are a few items that are difficult to categorise, so see below a mixture of assorted musical items.


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A few productions of the Messiah by local organisations

1946 February 10th The Portsmouth Choral and Orchestral Society perform Handel's Messiah at the Central Hall Fratton.
1946 December 18th Portsmouth Glee Club present Handel's Messiah at the Central Hall Fratton.
1947 April 4th At the Coliseum, The Portsmouth Choral Union present "Messiah" with full chorus and orchestra.
1948 March 26th The Portsmouth Choral Union perform the Messiah at Portsmouth Northern Grammar School.
1948 October 23rd Saturday, The Portsmouth Choral and Orchestral Society perform Handel's 'Messiah' at the Central Hall Fratton Road.
1948 December 15th The Portsmouth Glee Club perform the Messiah at the Central Hall Fratton Road.
1949 December 10th Saturday, The Portsmouth Glee Club present Handel's 'Messiah'.
1950 April 7th The Portsmouth Choral Union perform Handel's Messiah at the Northern Grammar School. Mr. H Fox of 81 Wykeham Road North End is singing in the Messiah for the 50th time since he joined in 1900.
1951 March 22nd The Portsmouth Choral Union perform Handel's Messiah, their 57th annual performance, at the Portsmouth Northern Grammar School.
1952 March 29th Saturday, The Portsmouth Choral Union give their 58th annual performance of Handel's Messiah at the Northern Grammar School Hall.
1952 April 11th Good Friday. Portsmouth Glee Club perform Handel's Messiah at London Road Baptist Church. Soloists include Reg and Dorothy Wassell.
1953 April 3rd Portsmouth Choral Union perform Handel's 'Messiah' at the Northern Grammar School hall.
1953 April 3rd The Portsmouth Glee Club perform Handel's 'Messiah' at the London Road Baptist Church Portsmouth.
1954 February 3rd The Portsmouth Philharmonic Society present Handel's Messiah at the Wesley Central Hall.
1954 April 11th The Portsmouth Choral Union perform Handel's Messiah at the Kings Theatre.
1954 April 16th Good Friday The Portsmouth Glee Club perform Handel's Messiah at the London Road Baptist Church. Among the singers was Reginald Wassell, and organist was Stanley Matthews.
1955 March 26th Saturday, Drayton Methodist Choral Society perform Handel's Messiah at Copnor Methodist Church, with Stanley Matthews organist and Reginald Wassell baritone.
1955 April 8th The Portsmouth Choral Union present Handel's Messiah at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
1956 March 30th The Portsmouth Choral Union present Handel's Messiah at the Wesley Central Hall.
1956 March 30th The Portsmouth Glee Club present Handel's Messiah at London Road Baptist Church, with soloists including Reginal Wassell, and organist Stanley Matthews.
1957 April 13th The Portsmouth Choral Union, conducted by Bertram Bradshaw, perform Handel's Messiah at the Wesley Central Hall.
1958 March 22nd The Portsmouth Choral Union, with orchestra leader Ernest Barr and conductor Bertram Bradshaw, one of the soloists is Reginald Wassell, perform Handel's Messiah, it's 64th year of this work, at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
1959 June 13th Saturday, The Portsmouth Choral Union perform, Handel's "Messiah" at the Guildhall.

Handel's Messiah and Portsmouth 1789-1812
1 October - 1 March Portsmouth Guildhall
28th November 2016
A wonderful exhibition of Handel's Messiah and the cultural life in Portsmouth is on display at the Portsmouth Guildhall.

This exhibition presents archival research by Dr George Burrows of the University of Portsmouth that has revealed that Handel's Messiah was instrumental in the cultural life of Portsmouth over the turn of the nineteenth century. Maps and documents from the archives document performances of Messiah in Portsmouth in the context of the expansion of the city and of the grand musical festivals that commemorated Handel and his musical philanthropy.

A word book from an 1812 performance of Messiah in Portsmouth that featured the great singer, Angelica Catalani, was annotated by a member of the audience and this allows for a recreation of a distinctive Portsmouth version of Messiah, which will be staged on Saturday 18 March 2017. The exhibition frames that performance with documents and images.

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1897 Portsmouth And Southsea Amateur Operatic Dramatic Society perform The Pirates Of Penzance

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Billy Storm (Bert Parker) in the black/white shirt, Peter Hicks (later of Drifters) and Barry Roberts who became a lynchpin of the local folk scene Ė a very fine guitarist. Billy and Peter are singing, on the left is Pete Connor but I donít know the other two.

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From the Evening NEWS January 1963


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From the Hampshire Telegraph 26th July 1969


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Stuart Ward formerly with Soul Society now the man at Sesiion Amplifiers

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Dave Allen circa 1968

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St James Hospital Entertainment Hall

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Mike Creamer and Nobby Glover

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Ian Duck in 2015

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18th December 1933 at Dyers

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This plaque is on the wall of the Harbour Lights Pub at Paulsgrove
Apparently songwiter Jimmy Kennedy was in Southampton and had to drive to Brighton. As he drove a thick fog came down and when he saw the lights of a pub he decided to stop and stay at the 'Harbour Lights' until the fog had cleared.
He later wrote the song with the title of "( I saw the ) The Harbour Lights"

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