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The PCU Choir performs the Christmas Oratorio, Bach's six-part classical masterpiece, with Southern Pro Musica.

The Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, completed around Christmastime of 1734, is not an oratorio in the usual sense. Instead it was conceived as a set of six cantatas, with each part performed on separate days.

The story begins with the birth of Jesus (for Christmas Day). The second and third parts feature the shepherds (for December 26 and 27). The fourth part describes the naming and circumcision of Jesus (for New Year's Day). The fifth and sixth parts describe the Three Kings, or Magi (for the first Sunday after New Year and for Epiphany).

Bring your face covering

The PCU Choir requests that all audience members wear a face covering when arriving, leaving and moving around St Mary’s Church. Children under 11 years of age are not required to wear a face covering. If you forget your face covering, please speak to a member of PCU who will be able to help you.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£15.00 per ticket
Child£2.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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Christmas Oratorio


St Mary's Church, Fratton Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 5PA
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Opening Times

Christmas Oratorio (11 Dec 2021)
Saturday19:30 - 22:30

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