Events

The Who's Tommy Exhibition

Monday 20 April 2015 - Saturday 01 August 2015
Portsmouth Music Experience - Access All Areas. FREE

The Access All Areas gallery not only features spectacular touring exhibitions, but visitors are also able to enjoy rooms that reflect on Portsmouth music and the history of the Guildhall, and how this all fits into a wider historical context. Please note Access All Areas will be closed until Tuesday 14th April due to another exhibition being installed. The Portsmouth Pop room will remain open to the public. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Castle Road: Exhibition

Monday 20 April 2015 - Saturday 20 June 2015
A free exhibition. Freda Swain business lounge, first floor.

This is the first exhibition in a new project partnership between the The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Cultural Trust. Castle Road features photographs by BA (Hons) Photography alumnus Dainius Šciuka, from the Taste the Street series, 2013-14.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Portraits

Monday 20 April 2015 - Saturday 30 May 2015
A free exhibition. South corridor, ground floor.

This exhibition shows highlights from a series of photographic portraits of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra players.

Diversity: Exhibition

Monday 20 April 2015 - Monday 20 April 2015
FREE, Cafe gallery

The next in our series of local artists to exhibit in the Guildhall Cafe is Carol Ellen Stickland.

Rock Shots Exhibition

Monday 20 April 2015 - Wednesday 30 September 2015
FREE. Access all Areas: The Portsmouth Music Experience Gallery

Exhibiting 50 years of music photography in Portsmouth.

National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Wednesday 22 April 2015 Pre-show educational event 5pm. Doors for concert open 7pm. Tickets £5 incl. booking fee. One free adult per child.

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. SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT - 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'.

The Pie & Vinyl Poster Show: Gig posters from around the world

Monday 27 April 2015 - Tuesday 29 September 2015
Free Exhibition, Zodiac Gallery & Cafe

This Summer, the Guildhall plays host to an exhibition of framed works of contemporary studios from all over the world: North, Central and South America, Europe and across the UK. Organised by Portsmouth Cultural Trust, Petting Zoo Prints and Collectables and Pie & Vinyl.

Melvyn Tan

Monday 27 April 2015 £16, £14 concessions incl. BF*. 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.

Guildhall Business Breakfast

Tuesday 28 April 2015 Registration 7am

Morning networking event for businesses and creatives.

Access all Areas Gallery Open Evening

Thursday 30 April 2015 Portsmouth Guildhall First Floor, FREE. 7-9pm.

Come and relive your memories of some great days – or learn something you never knew about Pompey and in particular, ‘Pompey Pop'. The Open Evening offers a chance to see AaA’s recently completed 16 track digital and 8 track analogue recording studio and home of AaA Music Radio, soon to begin broadcasting online with an eclectic group of presenters playing music from the last 50 years.

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.

Michael Ball

Saturday 02 May 2015 Doors 7pm, £44 incl BF*

For more than 25 years Michael has been at the top of his game starring in musical theatre productions in the West End and on Broadway winning critical acclaim, a devoted following and awards for his stage work and recording career.

Belle & Sebastian

Tuesday 05 May 2015 Doors 7pm, £27.50 incl BF*

Belle & Sebastian are unique, unpredictable, and fiercely loved.

Dynamic Dance

Saturday 09 May 2015 Doors 6pm - £8, £10 incl BF*

‘Please Don’t Stop the Music' is a collaboration of all of Dynamic Dance Company’s classes. Dynamic Dance Company was formed in June 2006 by Emma Waters; teaching at a Primary School twice a week. Since then, Dynamic Dance Company has branched out to various schools and colleges over Hampshire and West Sussex and now has over 450 students.

Mike and The Mechanics

Sunday 10 May 2015 Doors 7pm. £38.50, £33 incl. BF*

Following on from their sold-out UK tour earlier this year Mike and The Mechanics, the English Rock/Pop super group that have sold 10 million records worldwide have announced that 'The Hits Tour 2015' is coming to the Portsmouth Guildhall on 8th May, 2015.

TEENTECH

Thursday 14 May 2015 £100 per group of 10 students

TeenTech™ Solent is a lively one day interactive programme co-founded by broadcaster Maggie Philbin and Chris Dodson OBE, which aims to change perceptions of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers amongst teenagers and their teachers.

Portsmouth Beer Festival

Friday 15 May 2015 - Saturday 16 May 2015
Tickets £11.25 unreserved incl. BF*

Just like the sell-out Portsmouth Beer Festival back in May 2014 there will be a mix of “tradition” with “new and innovative” - our aim is to deliver the best bits of the classic beer festival into a new era with a modern way of thinking.

Illustrated - Neal Layton

Saturday 16 May 2015 - Saturday 16 May 2015
A free exhibition in our basement gallery - aspexGuildhall

Award winning, Southsea based illustrator Neal Layton will be displaying some of his original artworks from ‘Monster’, ‘Rover’ and ‘Howler’ by acclaimed author Michael Rosen, published by Bloomsbury.

The Milton Glee Club presents a Spring Concert

Sunday 17 May 2015 3pm, £9.00/£12.50/£14.00 incl. booking fee

Come along and 'Defy Gravity' from the musical, 'Wicked', enjoy the timeless music from 'My Fair Lady; and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the film, 'The Sound of Music'.

Lee Nelson: Suited and Booted

Wednesday 20 May 2015 7.00pm. £22 incl. BF*

Lee Nelson is back with a brand new show! You may have seen him host Live at the Apollo or caught him trying to join the England Squad as Premier League footballer Jason Bent! Now see Lee live in his highly anticipated, all new, nationwide tour.

Dylan Moran Off the Hook

Friday 22 May 2015 Doors 7pm. £27.50 incl BF*

Dylan Moran star of Black Books, Shaun of the Dead and Calvary is back with his new stand up show.

Varsity Pro Wrestling

Wednesday 27 May 2015 £13.75 unreserved, £16.50 ringside incl.BF*, 7pm

The UK.s No.1 Sports Entertainment Company Varsity Pro Wrestling returns to the historic Portsmouth Guildhall for an unforgettable night of wrestling action featuring International stars and VPW Champion, Germanys Max The Machine Von Shultz who will defend his title against any man on May 27th!

Jimmy Carr - Funny Business

Friday 29 May 2015 - Friday 29 May 2015
8pm. £25

It's time to leave your moral conscience at home as Jimmy Carr brings his Funny Business tour to Portsmouth!

Mike Parry and Mike Graham in THE TWO MIKES – LIVE

Saturday 30 May 2015 £22.50 incl. booking fee. Group offer applies. Doors 7pm.

THE TWO MIKES are Britain's brightest broadcasters and light up the airwaves on TalkSPORT radio. Now they're live on stage with their heady mix of little-known facts and frivolity. Join the fun...

BSO Rusty and Not So Rusty Musicians

Sunday 31 May 2015 10am-5pm, FREE 4pm concert

Have you ever dreamt of performing with a professional orchestra? Maybe you played a musical instrument in the past but not had the opportunity to play for many years? Then now is the time to dust off your instrument and revive your talent! This event is made possible by the support of the Portsmouth Cultural Trust.

Emma Johnson & John Lenehan

Monday 01 June 2015 £16, £14 concessions incl. BF*. Doors 7pm

In partnership with her long-time collaborator John Lenehan, Emma presents a sparkling programme that features at its heart two of the great landmark sonatas of the clarinet repertoire by Brahms and Saint-Säens, framed by dynamic and irresistible works by Weber, Chopin, Lutoslawski and Bernstein.

An Evening with Bryan Ferry

Friday 05 June 2015 Doors 7pm, £38.50/ £49.50/ £60.50/ £71.50 incl BF*

After an impressive set of performances around the world throughout 2014 including the lauded Glastonbury and Coachella debuts, British musical icon Bryan Ferry has announced a 20 date UK tour in May and June 2015.

Berloiz and Verdi Te Deum

Sunday 21 June 2015 £15.12 incl.BF* - concessions available, Doors 7pm.

As part of the Portsmouth Festivities, The Portsmouth Choral Union will be performing Berloiz Te Deum Verdi. The Portsmouth Choral Union 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. These include new commissions by the PCU, such as Ian Schofield's Te Deum (2000) and previous musical director; Jonathan Willcocks's A Great and Glorious Victory.

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