The Art of Sound

Graham Stansfield 1940-2018

DORSET composer Graham Stansfield passed away peacefully in Poole Hospital on Friday 13th April following a long and valiant struggle with cancer, an illness he steadfastly refused to make concessions to. He worked consistently throughout lengthy and often debilitating periods of treatment. Indeed, just six days before he had introduced his latest work – new…

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Notes of Nostalgia and Hall of Fame from the BSO

BOURNEMOUTH Symphony Orchestra will be performing Notes of Nostalgia at Poole’s lighthouse on Wednesday 25th April, under the baton of guest conductor James Feddeck. The programme includes Britten’s Four Seas Interludes, Strauss’ Tod und Verklärung and Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, which will be performed by Daniel Müller-Schott (pictured), described by the Sunday Times as “one of…

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Russian Othodoxy in Somerset

ON Thursday 26th April the LYRA Singers from St Petersburg will be visiting Martock Church as part of their UK Spring tour. Their programme, which begins at 7.30pm, will include Russian Orthodox chants and folk songs. The quartet, a soprano, contralto, tenor and bass,  have visited the UK for several years, but this is their…

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Third Sladers Yard Bach concert by Philippa Mo

THE acclaimed British violinist Philippa Mo comes to Sladers Yard at West Bay for a concert called Partita, Fantasia, Caprice, on Saturday 28th April at 6.30 pm. She is playing the complete works for violin by Bach in six concerts with other dances and fantasias woven in. The concerts combine baroque and contemporary music with…

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Early music stars at Dorchester

TWO of the rising stars of the early music scene, violinist Elicia Silverstein and harpsichordist Christopher Bucknall, are coming to Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange, on Sunday 29th April with a programme called Bach Before Leipzig. Elicia Silverstein is American born but now based in Italy, and Christopher Bucknall is a conductor as well…

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Covent Garden comes to Dorset

DORSET Opera Festival is hosting a special concert by members of the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists’ Programme, at Milton Abbey on Saturday 28th April at 7.30. The programme is designed to support the artistic development of talented singers at the beginning of their careers. The singers are employed as salaried members of the…

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Cathedral launches organ restoration fund

SALISBURY Cathedral will have more than a year without its famous, historic Father Willis organ, which needs substantial repair and restoration. The first of this year’s organ concerts, on Wednesday 18th April, will double as the launch of a fund-raising appeal for the work. The recital series begins with  the annual Alcock Recital, this year…

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Magill by candlelight at Tincleton

PIANIST Ronan Magill, who was Benjamin Britten’s last pupil and won the British International Piano Competition for Contem­por­ary Music, returns from Japan to give two recitals at Tincleton Gallery in Dorset on Friday and Saturday 14th and 15th April. On Friday Ronan will play Mozart’s Variations on a Minuet by Duport K573, Beethoven’s  Tempest Sonata…

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Music for the end of war

DORSET-based pianist Duncan Honeybourne will include the premiere of a work by Shaftesbury composer Sadie Harrison in his Music at GMC recital on Friday 20ths April. This latest concert at Gillingham Methodist Church marks the centenary of the signing of the Armistice at the end of World War I. Duncan’s programme is woven around Ravel’s…

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