Portico Preludes commissioned

Who composes music for those enormous pipe organs in old churches? With three levels of keys to contend with, a bewildering plethora of knobs (or ‘stops’) and a rather austere legacy of composition by the likes of Bach, who would be brave enough to tackle composing on the pipe organ? Step...

LIVE streaming direct to you!

Let's be honest, none of us were too sure how this live streaming adventure was going to play out. Would we get funding for the equipment? Would our lovely volunteers step up to the new challenge? Would Verity remember how to direct a live shoot? Would Craig work out the sync? Would Neil forget ...


Doors open - a bit anyway!


Hello everyone


Following the latest advice from the government, we have decided to cancel or postpone all concerts up to the end of June. We want our staff, performers and visitors to stay healthy. As doctors and scientists are now recommending that everyone avoids social ...

More TV fame!

Another great documentary from the team at NVTV, this time focussing on the whiole of the Ards Peninsula and the wider picture of heritage, bio-diversity and our natural tourism potential.

Follow the link here to view it on the NVTV site: ...

A documentary about Portico!

We're famous!

The lovely people at Belfast-based television company NVTV have made a documentary all about Portico. It tells you all about before, during and after the restoration process and includes information on the congregation, origins of the charity, the history of both the...

Neil McClure is a Heritage Angel Award Winner!

Portico's Neil McClure wins Best Rescue of an Historic Building at The Ulster Architectural Heritage Angel Awards. Well deserved!

We know Neil would be the first to say this is a win for everyone involved. So THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who has helped us restore Portico: from the congregation...

Festiv'Ards was fabulous!

Some highlights from the festival

Thank you to all our artists, all our patrons, our sponsors Ards and North Down Borough Council, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and BBC Radio 3, and, most especially, to all our volunteers.

Radio 3 from Portico

Lunchtime recitals 14-17 June

After our fabulous Opening festival at Portico, the BBC has decided to broadcast four of our concerts as Lunchtime Recitals on Radio 3.
Tune in at 1pm on 14-17 June 2016 to hear the sensational Sarah-Jane Brandon accompanied by Gary Matthewman, the extraordinary finesse of Finghin Collins...