Why I sing

David Parker | Bass Emeritus
I attended a private secondary school at which the major all-school events of the year were Christmas Vespers and a spring concert of Sacred Music. The first time I heard choirs warming up for the latter I was blown away by their Vivaldi Gloria. I’ll never forget the strength of the impression that made on me. I’ve been singing ever since.

“An impressively poised, solemn, and moving performance that brought honor to all the ensembles involved”
Jeremy Eichler
Boston Globe
5 March 2012
(Britten War Requiem)


Sunday, July 15
A great time with a lofty purpose

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, pack a picnic, and join friends from the Providence Singers for an afternoon of polo. Your ticket purchase – all of it – supports our programs of choral education and performance. The grounds open at 4 p.m., the polo starts at 5.

Your ticket order will be processed securely by PayPal.
You can use any major credit card or a PayPal account if you have one.
Click below to purchase $12 adult and/or $6 kids tickets.
(Kids 5 and younger are admitted free. Adulthood begins at 17.)

Tickets purchased on or before July 8 will be mailed to you.
We’ll make sure tickets purchased thereafter find their way to you.

Some useful information

Where we’ll be
Newport Polo is just off East Main Road (Route 138) in Portsmouth. The Providence Singers will be assigned a site for headquarters, most likely on the north side of the field, east of the main pavilion. We’ll post the location here as soon as we have it. Bring folding chairs or blankets and a picnic dinner if you like. The grounds open at 4 p.m. Travel directions


  • Tickets to Newport Polo’s “Charity Day” event must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the gate. (Dozens of organizations are selling tickets; gate sales would be too confusing.)
  • We will mail your tickets to you. (Be sure to include your address when you order.) If you purchase tickets after July 8 we’ll make sure you get them.
  • All sales are final. There is no rain date. If a major storm forces cancellation (a very rare event), your ticket purchase becomes a tax-deductible gift to the Providence Singers.

What to expect

  • Plenty of fresh air, sunshine, and fun. Newport Polo often brings a wooden horse for kids who would like to mount up and take a shot.
  • Plenty of free parking.
  • Lots of learning. It’s an arcane game, but well-explained.
  • The Providence Singers will have an assigned headquarters area. Stop by, say hello, stay awhile.

What to bring

  • A picnic dinner and cold drinks, if you like. Concessions are available.
  • Frisbees and so forth. (There's plenty of space for running around.)
  • Lawn chairs and/or blankets to spread out on the ground.