The Art of Sound

Plush finale welcomes local young players

THE  2017 Plush Festival comes to an end with four events in September, starting with a sell-out recital by Sir Andras Schiff. The Hungarian-born pianist and conductor comes to the Dorset manor house on Tuesday 5th September to perform Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier. On Friday 8th September, Harrison Birtwistle (this year’s co-director with founder Adrian…

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Youth orchestra gives world premiere in Wiltshire

THE West of England Youth Orchestra returns to Bradford on Avon for two concerts of Russian classics and world premiere. Outstanding young musicians from the region will perform Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite No 2 and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, bookending the premiere of Jeff Moore’s Violin Concerto, at Wiltshire Music Centre at 7.30 on Friday 25th and 3pm…

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BSO’s proms in Meyrick Park

THE Bournemouth Symphony Orches­tra’s 2017 Investec Proms in Meyrick Park start with a celebration of the music of John Williams on Friday 11th August at 8pm. On Saturday 12th, there are all the lights and lasers you’d expect from the Queen Rock and Symphonic Spectacular, when the music starts at 7.30. And on Sunday afternoon (13th…

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Rising star organist at Gillingham

RECENT graduate Claudia Grinnell gives the second concert in the Summer Organ Recital series at Gillingham Methodist Church on Sunday, 20th August at 3pm. This 14th annual series welcomes the  recent organ scholar from Salisbury Cathedral who has just graduated with a first-class degree in Music from the University of Cambridge, where she was Organ…

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Chamber of delights at Burton Bradstock

CHAMBER groups and virtuoso musicians from across Europe gather at a small West Dorset seaside village, for the annual Burton Bradstock Festival, running this year from 12th to 20th August. There is an art exhibition by local professional and amateur artists for the full ten days, at the village hall, and the music festival begins…

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Grange Festival and BSO dates for young singers

THE winners of the new Grange International Singing Competition will have opportunities to sing with the prestigious opera festival and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the festival’s partner in the competition and Grange Festival’s Orchestra-in-Residence. The public rounds of what was  formerly the Hampshire National Singing Competition, will take place in September. Lunched in February this…

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BSO at the Proms

BOURNEMOUTH Symphony Orchestra travels to the Royal Albert Hall in Ken­sing­ton on Monday 7th August to perform a programme of “revolutionary music” at the BBC Proms. Now in its 123rd season, the Proms is the world’s largest classical music festival. It was founded in 1895 by conductor Henry Wood, and remains true to his original…

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Copenhagen duo and Graham Devine at Dillington Guitar Fest

THE Dillington Guitar Festival celebrates its 23rd anniversary at Dillington House near Ilminster, from 30th July to 3rd August, with guests including a first visit by the acclaimed Copenhagen Guitar Duo. The music of Spain and Latin America will feature throughout the week with concerts by leading international ensembles and soloists, including the virtuoso guitarist…

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