The Arts Section

Frith Quartet opens BCMS year

BOURNEMOUTH Chamber Music Society’s first concert of 2020 will be on Sunday 2nd February at 3pm, when the Frith Piano Quartet visits Kim­meridge Hall at Bourne­mouth University. The programme includes  Mozart’s Piano quartet in G minor K.478, Lekeu’s Piano quartet in G minor and Piano quartet in C minor op.13, by Richard Strauss. Lekue was…

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Discover an Indian epic

THE colourful and vivid dramas of the great Hindu gods are brought vividly to life with music and storytelling in Ramayana, performed by Emily Hennessey and sitar virtuoso Sheema Mukherjee at Morden village hall on Saturday 1st February, at 7.30pm, and Springhead at Fontmell Magna on Sunday 2nd, at 5pm. Deep in the forest Rama…

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More volunteers needed at Coleridge Cottage

THE National Trust is calling for volunteers to join the team at Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey, the former home of the Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. There are two informal drop-in days, on Tuesday 4th February and Saturday 8th, when potential volunteers can find out more about the work of the National Trust, looking…

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Brubeck reborn

ONE of the all-time jazz greats is celebrated in The Brubeck Project, by the Devon-based Neil Maya Quartet, making a welcome return to the Artsreach circuit at Evershot village hall on Friday 31st January, and Martinstown on Saturday 1st February. Described as “the golden age of jazz reborn,” the concert will take the audience back…

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Remembering Benjamin Rose

ON 29th January 1820, Benjamin Rose sat down in his alehouse in Belchalwell and began to copy country dance tunes into a small book. Amazingly, the book survived and on Saturday 1st February, Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson will lead a band of local folk musicians for a ceilidh celebrating the anniversary. The book had…

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Beyond the Barricade comes of age

THE musical show Beyond the Barricade celebrates its 21st anniversary this year, with a major national tour. The first of its six dates in the south and west is at Poole’s Lighthouse on Friday 31st January at 7.45. Now the UK’s longest running musical theatre concert tour, Beyond the Barricade features past principals from Les…

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Bach greatest hits at Poole Lighthouse

THE Armonico Consort and Baroque Orchestra returns to Poole’s Lighthouse on Friday 31st January for a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Written over the final 25 years of his life and completed a year before he died Bach’s 1749 just Mass in B Minor is scattered with music and references to…

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Bristol Ferment turns ten

THE eagerly-awaited Ferm­ent Fortnight, from Monday 27th January to Sunday 9th February, is celebrating a decade of work-in-progress by artists and companies from across the South West. The bi-annual Ferment festival Ferment will be based in the Weston Studio at Bristol Old Vic, and will showcase some of the finest innovators and theatre-makers from the…

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A week of dance at Bath

SIX nights of dance at Bath Theatre Royal begin on Sunday 26th January with the visit of the Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet performing  Tchaikov­sky’s masterpiece The Nut­cracker. The company is in Bath until  Wednesday 29th January  with four performances of the beloved seasonal ballet, accompanied by a full orchestra. The story of Clara’s fantastical adventure…

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