About the event

Ramirez – Missa Criolla
Bernstein – Mass
Bernstein – West Side Story – a choral suite

The thread running through this concert is rhythm – lively, infectious, jazzy, joyful. It links church and theatre music in a celebration of song.

Ramirez’s jubilant setting of the Mass is infused with the rhythms of South America. It was made famous by Jose Carreras, but we are just as lucky to have the fantastic young tenor Anthony Flaum joining us for this performance.

Bernstein’s West Side Story contains his best loved melodies, presented here in a medley showcasing the choir’s lyrical sound.

Bernstein’s Mass is not a traditional setting, but a dramatic work exploring faith and doubt. It is infused with an eclectic mix of musical styles, performed here in its intended theatrical setting.

Driving the music along will be a team of percussionists from the acclaimed Southern Pro Musica.

The Portsmouth Choral Union (Registered Charity No. 266974) was founded in 1880 as the Portsmouth Temperance Choral Union. The choir is now one of the leading large amateur choruses in the south of England.The musical direction of distinguished conductor David Gostick has extended the repertoire to cover most of the established choral masterpieces and a range of contemporary works. The PCU frequently sings with the highly acclaimed professional orchestra, Southern Pro Musica, who will be providing the accompaniment to this concert.