Portishead Choral Society was formed in 1955 with Winston Jackson as Hon. Conductor and Chairman. Subscriptions were set at five shillings, they rose to 7s 6d in 1957 and 15s in 1958 -
The 10th Anniversary concert in 1965 included two works by Gordon Jacob, Highways and News from Newtown (Portishead was expanding at the time and the motorway was being built) with the composer in the audience. As a result he dedicated The Diverting History of John Gilpin to "Mr Jackson and the Portishead Choral Society" and we gave the work its first performance in December 1965. 1976 saw our first performance of a commissioned work; The Valley of Seclusion by Malcolm Drummond, son of our then President, Brigadier Drummond -
In 1990 we celebrated our 35th Anniversary with a performance, by an augmented choir conducted by Ian Sloan, of Verdi's Requiem in the Colston Hall, Bristol. A more recent highlight was a performance of Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony in 1995.
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Ten years further on saw us celebrating our Diamond Jubilee which marked a significant step forward for the Society. Two of the concerts were in Gordano School Main Hall and were accompanied by the Portishead Sinfonia, formed specially for the occasion. The December 2014 concert featured Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Bach’s Magnificat in D and Awake the Voice! -
During the 2004-