A Poignant Evening of Music

A cast of hundreds marked Remembrance Sunday last weekend with a beautifully moving concert in Portsmouth Cathedral.  Working with conductor and composer, Jonathan Willcocks, PGS musicians along with the London Mozart Players and singers from Castle Primary performed a programme of music inspired by the sacrifices made by so many people for our freedom.  The … Continued

The Lost Men of the Second World War

The war memorials mounted on the walls at each end of the Memorial Library testify to the courage and sacrifice of its former pupils – Old Portmuthians – who served in the armed services as sailors, marines, soldiers and airmen. The Second World War memorial was unveiled 70 years ago. The wartime Commander in Chief, … Continued

In Rehearsals

The Music Department launched in to the rehearsals for the Remembrance Concert with gusto last week. Conductor Jonathan Willcocks came in to school to rehearse with the Chamber Choir and the choir from Castle Primary School, Portchester, who will be joining us for the performance in St Thomas’ Cathedral.  The concert on the eve of … Continued

Lessons from Auschwitz

On Holocaust Memorial Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camps, pupil Anna Sykes has written a moving piece about her visit to Auschwitz as part of her participation in the Lessons from Auschwitz project run by the Holocaust Educational Trust. Two pupils from the school took part in the project last … Continued

PGS Remembers

  Over the last week the school has hosted several moving Remembrance events.  Last Friday we were delighted to welcome Sir Anthony Seldon as the guest speaker at the We Will Remember Them Lecture. He spoke of the role public (independent) schools played during the First World War.  This lecture was the prequel to the … Continued

To Remember in Song

The Portsmouth Grammar School and The London Mozart Players have once more collaborated to commission a new musical work for the annual Remembrance Concert. This year the commission is a major new cantata from Jonathan Dove to commemorate World War I. The London Mozart Players and The Portsmouth Grammar School will present the World Première … Continued