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Somerset Art Works silver jubilee

SOMERSET Art Works celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, from 21st September to 6th October,  with 135 open studios and exhibitions plus special events including an installation by potter Emilie Taylor at the Somerset Rural Life Museum at Glastonbury. Emilie Taylor will be showing Yield and Return, new ceramic slipware, in the ancient Abbey Barn….

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Quartet of concerts for DCO’s new season

DORSET Chamber Orchestra begins its new season on Saturday 5th October, at the regular venue of St Mary’s Church in Dorchester. Conducted by DCO’s  Mus­ical Director Walter Brew­ster, the October concert opens with Weber’s Overture to Ober­on, continuing with Rich­ard Strauss’s Serenade for Wind and Dag Wirén’s Serenade for Strings, ending with Dvorak’s 7th symphony….

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Coastal Impressions at Tincleton

THE early autumn show at Tincleton Gallery at The Old School House, at Tincleton, near Dorchester, is Coastal Impressions, running from Saturday 21st September to Sunday 10th November. This is primarily a solo show by gallery artist Philippa Headley, but there will also be a limited selection of works on the same theme by other…

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Sarah Jack at the Exchange

THE September exhibition at Sturminster Newton Exchange features mixed media landscape paintings by Sarah Jack, and includes Hardy’s Cottage and Hambledon Hill. She describes her work as beginning on a board, “which gives me the scope to both carve lines into it, which isn’t possible with a canvas, and also to mis-shape it if I…

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David Hare classic at Salisbury

COTSWOLD’s Theatre Chipping Norton production of David Hare’s acclaimed drama Skylight is coming to the Salberg Studio at Salisbury Playhouse from 24th to 28th September. Schoolteacher Kyra receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom, a charismatic self-made restaurant tycoon. Supper bubbles on the stove, and flickers of their former passion rekindle. As they…

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Spinning songs and music

THE New Hardy Players will be spinning some fund-raising words and music at Ashton Barn, Martinstown, on Saturday 28th September, supporting the next Dorchester Community Play, Spinning the Moon. Many of the New Hardy Players have taken part in one or more of Dorchester’s remarkable series of community plays – next year’s will be the…

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Gondoliers on Stour and Avon

CHRISTCHURCH Gilbert and Sullivan Society brings its autumn production, The Gondoliers, to the stage of the Regent Centre from Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th Sept­em­ber, nightly at 7.30pm, with a 2.30 Saturday matinee. Written in 1889, The Gon­doliers was the 12th collaboration between WS Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan. The Christchurch society has set its…

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Award for Shire Hall education programme

THE Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum  at Dorchester has won the prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2019, which is made by the Heritage Education Trust and Bishop Grosseteste University. Since it opened in May 2018, thousands of school children and students have been through Shire Hall’s historic courtroom to learn about children and teenagers…

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Leave it in the ground! XR Dorset pilgrimage

JUST when you think the world (and some world leaders) are waking up to the existential threat of climate change, along comes another fossil fuel company trying to exploit the unique marine environment of the Dorset coast. Corallion, a private oil company, reported in March that it had found “potentially substantial” reserves in Poole Harbour….

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Bears through the generations

MICHAEL Rosen’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,  with its Helen Oxenbury ill­us­trations,  is a modern classic, and the theatre adaptation returns to Bath’s egg from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th September. It used to be Teddy Bear’s Picnic that delighted children, but new generations have warmed to Rosen’s ursine adventure for the past…

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No better time than now

LAURA Wade’s dark comedy Posh could hardly be more topical, and it’s coming to Bath from  23rd to 28th September. The play took the West End by storm in 2010, taking the lid off the antics of the fictional  Riot Club – widely believed to be based on Oxford’s exclusive Bulling­don Club. Then the headlines…

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Double century of Weymouth recitals

WHEN pianist Duncan Honeybourne and soprano Bethany Cox take their welcome bows at St Mary’s Church, Weymouth, at 1pm on Wednesday 25th September, it will be the start of a special series of Weymouth Lunchtime Chamber Concerts . The recital, which takes inspiration from Dorset’s Hardy associations, is the opening of the 2019-2020 season, organised…

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Welcome back Bill Tomkins

SUPPORTERS of the Music at GMC series of concerts at Gillingham Methodist Church will be delighted to welcome Bill Tomkins back to the organ loft on Sunday 29th September. Bill, formerly organist at the Gillingham church, gives the fifth and final concert of the summer series, starting at 3pm. Born in the north of England…

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Romeo and Juliet a la Matthew Bourne

THE world premiere tour of the New Adventures production of Romeo and Juliet comes to Southampton May­flower from 24th to 28th September. Six young dancers between the ages of 16 and 19 have been invited to join Matthew Bourne’s company at each of the venues, and among those dancing at Southampton will be the prodigiously…

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Carducci returns to Dorchester

THE Carducci Quartet returns to Dorset for a concert at St Mary’s Church in Dorchester on Wednesday 25th September, starting at 7.30. The leading international ensemble will perform two of the greatest masterpieces of the classical repertoire, flanking an early work of a 20th Century master. The programme opens with Beethoven’s Quartet in F Minor,…

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Marzia Colonna – new work at Sladers Yard

ITALIAN-born sculptor and collage artist Marzia Colonna, who lives and works at Portesham on the Dorset coast, returns to Sladers Yard gallery at West Bay, from 14th September to 10th November. There will be more than 40 recent collages of varying sizes as well as bronze sculpture, framed drawings and giclée prints. Marzia Colonna was…

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James Lynch at Messums Wiltshire

THE distinguished Somerset artist James Lynch, one of the UK’s finest landscape painters, has a solo show, New Works, on at the Tisbury tithe barn, home of Messums Wiltshire, until 6th October. James Lynch grew up in Wiltshire and lives in Somerset. Since his first sell-out exhibition in the West Country in the 1980s he…

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Regal style for Downton at the Regent

THE audience at the opening night of the Downton Abbey film at the Regent Centre, Christchurch, enjoyed a real treat. They were greeted by a line-up of classic cars including a Rolls Royce that once belonged to the great architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. With 52 screenings programmed through to 10th October – and more than…

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Dorset Wildlife Trust in September

AUTUMN for Dorset Wildlife Trust continues with walks and events throughout September. Thursday 26th – Wildlife wellbeing walk at Chesil, 11am, gentle, relaxing, health walk around Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon, taking in the seasonal wildlife. Over 18’s only. Free event. No need to book. Healthy walk at Lytchett Bay, 2pm, keep fit end…

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David Gommon at The Art Stable

ANYONE who visited the recent David Gommon exhibition at The Art Stable at Child Okeford will surely want to see the new show, from 7th September to 5th October, with more of the fine work of this unfairly neglected artist. It is fair to say that Gommon (1913-1987) was relatively unknown before Kelly Ross, who…

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Glass’s Bleak House on tour

DAVID Glass has directed Bleak House in a radical new way, and the production is touring the south and west in September and October. Glass, probably Britain’s finest mime artist, re-emerged after a lengthy sabbatical to direct a production of the Charles Dickens’ classic with the students of Arts University Bournemouth.  It was one of…

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September music at the David Hall

THE September music programme at South Petherton’s David Hall ends on Saturday 28th with a double helping of the brilliant Anglo-Chilean band Quimantu. In the afternoon, at 3pm, they will lead a family music workshop, a fun-filled session for young children and their families, with Quimantu’s unique collection of songs for early years, inspired by…

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B-Wing contemporary art at Shepton Mallet Prison

A GROUP of contemporary artists and makers have got together to stage B-Wing, installations and events in one of Somerset’s most notorious buildings, Shepton Mallet Prison, which was the UK’s oldest working prison until it closed in 2013. Co-ordinated by artists Fiona Campbell and Luminara Star, it will run from 21st September to 6th October,…

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Ancient trees on the Cotswolds

ENVIRONMENTAL artist Gary Cook has been painting ancient trees on the Cotswolds and the results of his work are on show at the Daylesford Organic Farm and Cafe from 21st September. Tree Life opens to coincide with the harvest festival, and the exhibition continues in The Glasshouse, until 6th October. Gary says: “ have been…

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Through the Looking Glass at the Fox Talbot Museum

DIGITAL artist Maggie Taylor returns to the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock with Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, on until Sunday 12th January 2020. This second show follows Maggie’s 2008 exhibition, Alice in Wonderland. The works have been inspired by Lewis Carroll’s famous stories. The new display features images used in…

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Count Arthur Strong at the Marine

COUNT Arthur Strong is one of those comedians for whom the terms “Marmite” and “cult figure” really are applicable – love him or hate him, he has a very distinctive personality, and his many West Dorset fans will be heading for the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Saturday 28th September for his latest live…

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New book celebrates the founding of Salisbury

A NEW novel from a Salisbury writer marks the 800th anniversary of the city and the cathedral, which will be celebrated in 2020. Elias: A Story of the Founding of Salisbury by Sue Allenby is dedicated to the people of Salisbury and will be donating all profits to local charities. The author describes it as…

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Because the world is round

SEPTEMBER 2019 marks the golden anniversary of the Beatles’ album Abbey Road – the last work they recorded before their seismic breakup. Released in September 1969, it was the end both of the sixties and the biggest and greatest band of all time. Exploring the moment, leading Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn – whose highly-acclaimed Tune…

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Trumpeter Matilda in Fordingbridge

MATILDA Lloyd, BBC Young Musician of 2014 in the brass section, makes her Avon Valley Concerts debut on Friday 25th October, at the United Reformed Church in Fordingbridge, at 7.30pm. The 24-year-old trumpeter joins the Kirkman Quartet and double-bassist Joe Cowie for the concert. The programme includes works by Marcello, Ed Nesbit, Alex­an­der Arutiun­ian, Jan…

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Lesley Garrett on tour

SOPRANO Lesley Garrett is setting off on an extensive UK tour this autumn, making six stops in the south and south west starting at Bath Theatre Royal on Sunday 29th September. With her regular pianist Anna Tilbrook, Lesley will be performing an evening of song and chat, celebrating her long and successful career and taking…

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Dorset’s lesbian poet

THE bohemian group of artists and writers who settled on the wild Purbeck coast around Lulworth in the early 20th century included not only several of the Powys family but also the lesbian poet Valentine Ackland and her partner, the writer Sylvia Townsend Warner. Her story is featured as part of an exhibition opening at…

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Crimes on tour

THE Bath based theatre company New Old Friends is out on the road with Crimes on the Coast (a new name for its 2018 success Crimes Under the Sun), returning to Bath Theatre Royal (where it started) on 30th September and 1st October. Set in a secluded island hotel just off the English coast, it;s…

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A guide to Minimalist Family Camping

THE long school holidays are over and you have (just about) survived them. But it’s probably been exhausting – all the planning, the packing, the endless traffic jams on the M5 or the A303, the hours spent unpacking, battling with the tent … and then seven or 14 days later going through the whole process…

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Miranda on the road again

MIRANDA Sykes returns to the touring circuit with a handful of solo dates this autumn, stopping at Gillingham Methodist Church on Saturday 28th and Chettle Village Hall on Sunday 29th September. The singer, double bassist and guitarist is continuing her Behind the Wall concerts, before embarking on the Now We Are Four tour with Show…

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Championing children’s reading

THE new Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell, creator of the much-loved How To Train Your Dragon series, will be one of the highlights of this year’s Bath Children’s Literature Festival, from 27th September to 6th October. And she will be in good company. She is the 11th writer to hold the title, in an illustrious line-up…

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