A classical autumn at Dorchester Arts

THE Autumn programme at Dorchester Arts includes six performances of classical music, starting and finishing with opera.

The first performance, on Friday 14th September at the Corn Exchange, brings Opera Holloway to Dorset with its touring production of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi.

The classical season continues on Wednesday 19th September when the BSO’s contemporary music ensemble Kokoro performs A Night in Vienna.

The programme moves to Ashton Barn near Martinstown on Sunday 23rd September for a concert dedicated to the music of Rick Birley (pictured), well known in Dorset, and who describes himself as a  semi-retired composer of classical music and lecturer living and still teaching privately.  The celebration at Ashton Barn will be led by well known musicians Richard Hosford and Marieke Blank­es­tijn.  The fundraising concert will raise funds for Parkinson’s Dance, run by Dorchester Arts.

Graffiti Classics return to Dorchester on  Saturday 27th for an evening of brilliant musicianship and matching humour. October

Lucy Parham, who delighted a packed audiences in 2017 with Nocturne, narrated by Dame Harriet Walter and her husband Guy Paul, returns with Henry Goodman in Reverie, which focuses on the life and loves of Claude Debussy. It will be performed at the Corn Exchange on Sunday 18th November.

And pre-Christmas classical season ends on Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th November with Opera Anywhere in Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore.

Dorchester Piano Quartet will perform a programme of works by Mozart in November, and  the pre-Christmas classical season ends on Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th November with Opera Anywhere in Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore.

For more details  pick up the new Dorchester Arts autumn brochure, telephone 01305 266926, or visit the website, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk