The Art of Sound

Summer Nights with Spectra Musica

THE Spectra Musica choir returns to the church of St Michael in North Cadbury for a Summer Nights concert on Saturday 1st July. Musical director Peter Leech  has continued to increase the group’s  repertoire, which will be demonstrated in a programme that includes a rarely performed short mass by Johann Georg Albrechts­berger, a colleague of…

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Kaufmann as opera’s Moor

THE Royal Opera House production of Verdi’s Otello will be beamed by satellite around the world on Wednesday 28th June 7.15pm. Among the recieving venues in our region are the Regent in Christchurch, which also has an encore screening on Sunday 2nd at 2pm, and Wiltshire Music Centre at Bradford on Avon, Frome’s Merlin Theatre,…

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Two concerts for Cary Choir

CASTLE Cary Choir members are rehearsing for two summer concert, the first of which is at Caryford Hall in Ansford on Saturday 1st July at 7.30pm. The choir will be joined by Raise The Roof, a female barbershop quartet, for the performance, which is raising funds for the communmity hall serving both Ansford and Castle…

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Classical Fireworks at GMC

THE spectacular “fireworks” organ concerts staged at Gillingham Methodist Church in 2015 and 16 will be revived for this year’s Gillingham Festival concert at the church on Saturday 1st July. Organist David Briggs returns to the organ loft for the extravaganza, when he’ll be accompanied by stunning lights, lasers and other special effects, and the…

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Love from the Phoenix

THE Phoenix Singers come to Ilminster Arts Centre on Sunday 2nd July with an early evening concert entitled Love Is All You Need, conducted by Andrew Maddocks. Romance will be in the air from 6.30pm as  the  Singers reflect on love in all its many moods.  Romance. The programme includes choral music and songs across…

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Broadway comes to Jackdaws

JACKDAWS Music Education Trust at Great Elm near Frome expands its repertoire with the inclusion of a three day course led by West End music director Paul Knight, from 23rd to 25th June. The Golden Age of Broadway brings new tutor Knight to the Jackdaws team, and he will lead an exploration of the musical…

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Concert Brass summer concert

BOURNEMOUTH Concert Brass returns to the Regent Centre in Christchurch on Sunday 25th June for the summer concert, starting at 7.30pm. The theme is Heroes of British music and the programme includes works by Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst, Handel and Benjamin Britten. More modern music is by by Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Lennon and McCartney. Bournemouth…

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Bash Street, Brodskys and Boho Baroque – Beaminster Festival 2017

BEAMINSTER Festival director Nigel Corbett has created a delightfully diverse and musically exciting programme for this year’s festival, fromn 24th June to 3rd July. Listing some of the 2017 highlights – from the Brodsky Quartet to Red Priest, pianist Tom Poster to novelist Joanna Trollope, the Bash Street Theatre, the Festival Players, Pasadena Roof Orchestra…

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When Mozart met Salieri

YOU might think that Peter Shaffer had nailed the Mozart-Salieri debate, that his brilliant play told us all we needed to know about the mediocrity and the maestro, the jobsworth and the genius. But Rimsky-Korsakov also had a go at the story and Time Zone Theatre is bringing his version, a one-act opera, Mozart and…

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