The Art of Sound

Popping up operatically

SHAFTESBURY Arts Centre welcomes Pop-up Opera at the Bell Street theatre on Saturday 3rd March, in the touring production of Hansel and Gretel. Humperdinck’s version of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy story is en­chanting and frightening in equal measure. Even if you don’t think you are an opera fan, Pop-up presents opera for those who…

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Opening Doors at Wells

TEN years ago, composer Helen Ottaway from Frome and dance artist Melanie Thompson collaborated on a public art project at Wells – on Saturday 24th March, they are back in the city to explore their recent travels and residencies in Denmark and Sri Lanka and to start to develop a new project. Opening Doors at the…

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BSO plays at Buckingham Palace

THE Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra performed a concert at Buckingham Palace for the orchestra’s Royal Patron, Princess Alexandra. The concert was conducted by BSO Chief Conductor Kirill Karabits and featured four organisations of whom the Princess is a Patron – the BSO, Alzheimer’s Society, Wigmore Hall and the London Philharmonic Choir. The aim of the event…

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BSO Impressions at Swanage

A TRIO of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra musicians will be playing an elegant Impressions of Spring and Summer programme at Durlston Castle, Swanage, on Sunday 4th March, at 7.30pm. The trio of Barbara Brown (flute), Tom Beer (viola) and Eluned Pierce (harp) will play a programme of works by Debussy, Faure, Handel and Arnold Bax. The…

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Music from the ears of a child

CYGNET Theatre in Exeter starts its 2018 concert series with a visit by Spanish pianist Antonio Oyar­zabal, on Friday 2nd March. The concert pianist  performs a solo recital and his programme is drawn from his debut CD, The Inner Child. The album was recently awarded the Golden Melo­mano award by prestigious Spanish magazine. Antonio attemps…

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Haydn Creation with the BSO

BOURNEMOUTH Symphony Orchestra performs Haydn’s choral masterpiece The Creation at Poole Lighthouse on Wednesday 28th February. The orchestra, conducted by David Hill, will be joined by Bourne­mouth Symphony Chorus and sop­rano Lucy Crowe, tenor Ben­jamin Hulett and bass Christo­pher Purves. David Hill is  chief conductor of the BBC Singers, musical director of the Bach Choir,…

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Sound the Trumpets in Somerset schools

THE Onyx Brass Quintet will be spending time in Somerset in the coming weeks, working with a number of schools around the Frome area. They are the guests of Jackdaws Music Education Trust, based at Great Elm, and will be leading the Sound the Trumpets project, which has its finale at the Cheese and Grain…

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Musical showcases at the Corn Exchange

STUDENTS from Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester will perform two Musical Showcases, on Thurs­day 22nd and Wednesday 28th February at Dorchester Corn Exchange, starting at 1pm This concert series of solo performances will be given by sixth-form A-level Music students. Audiences will hear a classical singer as well as solos on electric guitar, oboe, trombone…

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La Boheme by satellite from the Met

PUCCINI’S heart-rending love story La Boheme is beamed live by satellite from the Metropolitan Opera in New York around the world on Saturday 24th February. Among its local recipients is the Regent Centre in Christchurch, where the screening starts at 5.30pm. It is regarded as the world’s most popular opera and returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s…

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Chorister scholarships for 11 youngsters

ELEVEN children – five boys and six girls – have gained places in Salisbury Cathedral Choir and chorister scholarships to Salisbury Cathedral School following recent voice trials. Five boys including Zeeshan Mahmud from Southsea, Jack Maltby from Pitton Primary in Salisbury, Rory Law from Sutton Veny Primary School in Warminster and two pupils from the…

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