The Arts Section

Moonfleet, Salisbury Playhouse

SALISBURY Playhouse’s artistic director Gareth Machin has been working on his adaptation of J Meade Falkner’s Moonfleet for more than three years, making changes even up to the opening night on 19th April. The resulting show, with its music by Russell Hepplewhite, is a triumph. Perhaps it is particularly effective for an audience familiar with…

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Rumours return

RUMOURS of Fleetwood Mac returns to Poole’s Lighthouse on Friday 27th April for a performance in the concert hall starting at 7.30. The new show celebrates 40 years since the iconic Rumours album was released. Encompassing nearly five decades of legendary music and channeling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac, the tribute band offers a unique…

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Moved by popular demand

THE neo-folk bluegrass quartet The Dead South sold so many tickets that organisers moved the Satur­day 28th April gig from the Lantern at Bristol Colston Hall to the larger Anson Rooms at the University. The band, which hails from the remote prairies of rural Canada. Having has described itself as “Mumford and Sons’ evil twins”….

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Four women serve up feast of folk and Americana

THREE leading singer-songwriters and the Queen of Folk are heading for Bristol  and Bath in the coming weeks, as part of their UK tours. The first is Louisiana-born and Nashville based Mary Gauthier, whose latest album, Rifles and Rosary Beads, is hailed as one of the most important of the decade. The songs were written…

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A new life for Dorchester’s Shire Hall

SHIRE Hall Historic Courthouse Museum at Dorchester will be officially opened on Tuesday 1st May – an important date for a museum turning a spotlight on social justice, as it’s also International Workers Day. The new museum will use interactive technology to take visitors of all ages on a journey from cells to dock –…

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Telling the stories of Shire Hall

DORCHESTER’s historic Shire Hall reopens on 1st May as a museum, but before that, from 25th to 28th April,  theatre company The Gramophones will be bringing some of its stories to life at the former courthouse which was famously the setting for the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. How do we decide which memories to…

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WW1 Bourton on show

BOURTON’s First World War project continues with the opening on Friday 27th April of an exhibition which explores the stories of villagers during the four years of the “war to end all wars.”. The exhibition at the parish church of St George, until 19th May, explores the stories of those who played their part at…

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Graham Stansfield 1940-2018

DORSET composer Graham Stansfield passed away peacefully in Poole Hospital on Friday 13th April following a long and valiant struggle with cancer, an illness he steadfastly refused to make concessions to. He worked consistently throughout lengthy and often debilitating periods of treatment. Indeed, just six days before he had introduced his latest work – new…

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Notes of Nostalgia and Hall of Fame from the BSO

BOURNEMOUTH Symphony Orchestra will be performing Notes of Nostalgia at Poole’s lighthouse on Wednesday 25th April, under the baton of guest conductor James Feddeck. The programme includes Britten’s Four Seas Interludes, Strauss’ Tod und Verklärung and Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, which will be performed by Daniel Müller-Schott (pictured), described by the Sunday Times as “one of…

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