Christmas music

Haydn’s Nelson Mass at Trowbridge

TROWBRIDGE Philharmonic Choir’s Christmas concert on Saturday 14th December, at St James Church, Trowbridge, at 7.30pm, features the 1798 version of Haydn’s Nelson Mass and carols. The choir and orchestra, conducted by Graham Dalby, will be joined by soloists Sian Dicker, Cassandra Dalby, Ed Coton and Graham Case. The original 1798 version of this Haydn…

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Messiah at Salisbury Cathedral

THIS year’s Christmas performance of Handel’s Mess­iah at Salisbury Cathedral is on Saturday 14th December, starting at 7.30pm. Established as a fixture in the festive calendar, this year the City of London Sinfonia will be joining the full cathedral choir and four distinguished soloists, Jennifer France, Claudia Huckle, Benjamin Hulett and Felix Kemp. The concert…

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A cosy Christmas at Lacock

ESCAPE the festive crowds at one of the country’s prettiest villages, the National Trust-owned Lacock in Wiltshire, where the Great Hall at Lacock Abbey is decked out for the season and visitors can enjoy a stroll in frosty winter gardens or peaceful cloister walks. Christmas trees decorated by local community groups and charities on the…

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Tenors Unlimited at Poole

SCOTT Ciscon, Paul Martin and Jem Sharple, collectively known as Tenors Un Limited, will be bringing their Christ­mas concert to Poole’s Light­house on Friday 29th Novem­ber from 7.45pm. The trio has prepared a new selection of songs for the 2019 tour,  featuring the popular classical hits Nessun Dorma, The Pearl Fishers’ Duet, The Prayer and…

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Christmas with John Kirkpatrick

ONE of the most prolific performers on the English folk scene, the brilliant accordion player and singer John Kirkpatrick, comes to Dorset with a new Christmas show, Carolling and Crumpets for three dates with Artsreach from 3rd to 5th December. Taking its title from John’s unforgettable song telling the Nativity story from the point of…

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Christmas past, present and yet to come

THE music and ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come are brought to life by folk duo GreenMatthews. Their tour continues at Dorchester Corn Exchange on Wednesday 18th December. First published in 1843, A Christmas Carol is credited with reinventing and reinvigorating the British Christmas and has been loved and retold by every…

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Ridgeway Singers and Band at Christmas

CHRISTMAS in Dorset wouldn’t be complete without the festive celebration of the traditional West Gallery songs and tunes by the Ridgeway Singers and Band. This year’s series continues on  on Sunday 15th December at 4pm atSt Christopher’s Church, Winfrith Newburgh (with Artsreach),  and at the Dorford Centre, Dorchester on Friday 20th at 7.30pm. With their…

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Music for Advent in the Abbey

SHERBORNE Chamber Choir celebrates the start of Advent in Magnificat, on Saturday 30th November at 7.30 pm in Sherborne Abbey, with a programme including the premiere of a work written for the choir. Its annual concert of music to celebrate the start of Advent and the Christmas season contains some of the greatest choral settings…

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