The Art of Sound

Silent masterpiece at Studland

ONE of the silent era’s masterpieces, Nosferatu, is being shown at Studland village hall on Sunday 12th December, with live music by Minima. The eerie, Gothic feel of FW Murnau’s astonishing film, and the chilling performance by Max Shrek as the vampire, set the template for many horror films that followed. Darkly humorous but also…

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Songs from the West Gallery

CHRISTMAS in Dorset is now synonymous with the Ridgeway Singers and Band singing folk songs and West Gallery carols, as well as new songs, at churches and halls across Dorset. This year’s tour starts at Stalbridge village hall on Saturday 11th December at 4pm. With their roots in the South Dorset Ridgeway and inspired by…

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A musical Christmas cocktail

DORCHESTER Arts is serving up a varied Christmas cocktail of concerts with music to suit all tastes, from Left Bank jazz to medieval carols, beginning on Saturday 4th with Moscow Drug Club, and their new show, Transcendent Troubadours of Gypsy Latin & Swing. The performance, at 8pm at the Corn Exchange, ranges from 1930s Berlin…

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Bowjangles meets Dracula

BOWJANGLES, a quartet of classically trained musicians who are as funny as they are musically gifted, are coming to Dorset for a short Artsreach tour, with their new show, Dracula in Space, starting at Chetnole village hall on Friday 3rd December. Forget everything you think you know about string quartets – Bowjangles is an irreverent,…

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Music under the moon at Bath

THE Polish composer Henryk Gorecki’s haunting Symphony of Sorrowful Songs is the centrepiece of a remarkable Christmas concert at Bath Abbey on Wednesday 8th December. Charles Hazlewood will conduct his Paraorchestra, with soprano Victoria Oruwari, under the magical giant Museum of the Moon installation  by Bristol artist Luke Jerram. The interior of the historic church…

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Four centuries of music

THE Exchange at Sturminster Newton hosts a BSO On Your Doorstep concert on Thursday 2nd December, featuring 450 years of music from the 17th to 21st centuries. The BSO On Your Doorstep initiative, made possible thanks to support from the Weston Culture Fund, involves BSO musicians playing in new chamber ensembles, reconnecting with audiences across the…

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Chamber Music after lockdown

BOURNEMOUTH Chamber Music Society is delighted to welcome audiences back after months of lockdown, with an afternoon concert at the Kimmeridge Hall at Bournemouth University on Sunday 21st November. Violinist Emmanuel Bach will join pianist Jenny Stern  for a programme that includes Mozart’s Violin Sonata in B flat, Brahms’s Violin Sonata no. 1 in G, …

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Celebrate Voice back in Salisbury

SALISBURY’S Celebrate Voice Festival makes a spectacular comeback, based at the Guildhall from Thursday 21st to Saturday 30th October. Now in its 8th year, the festival used the lockdown in 2020 to produce online shows, workshops and live events when possible. This year’s event brings acts usually seen on the London jazz circuit, at the…

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Star Syrian pianist on tour

THE acclaimed Syrian pianist Riyad Nicolas comes to Dorset and Somerset for a short three-date tour with Concerts in the West on 5th and 6th November. Born in Aleppo in 1989, Riyad Nicolas made his first appearance with an orchestra there at the age of ten. He came to Britain in 2005 on a scholarship…

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Spindle Ensemble has an “Inkling” for you

BRISTOL-based contemporary chamber quartet Spindle Ensemble has recently released a second album ‘Inkling’, and comes Dorset on on 16th October for two dates with Artsreach, the rural touring arts charity, and one in Somerset. Spindle Ensemble’s unique sound sits somewhere between classical and contemporary. It is always melodic and is instantly recognisable by the instrumentation, which…

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