The Art of Sound

Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival

PURBECK’s annual chamber music festival, this year from 28th August to 1st September, manages the difficult feat of being intimate in terms of venues and international in its scope, performers and programming. Under its artistic director Natalie Clein, the Dorset-born cellist and former BBC Young Musician of the Year, the Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival…

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Belcombe welcome for Iford Opera

IFORD Festival supporters are excitedly awaiting this year’s production of L’elisir d’amore, in the new setting of Belcombe Court at Bradford on Avon. On 31st August, 3rd, 6th and 7th September, the grounds of rarely-open house will welcome the audience in a specially-created geodesic dome, providing seating for an audience of up to 240, as…

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Praise the Lord at Edington

FOR the 64th year, the Wilt­shire village of Edington welcomes musicians and singers for the festival of music within the liturgy, from Sunday 18th to Sunday 25th August 2019. This year’s theme is Laudate Dominum, and the festival is based, as always, at the magnificent 14th century Priory church. Structured between the offices of Matins…

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Behind the high Cs

IN 1990, opera changed forever when tenors Luciano Pav­arotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carerras joined together for a concert celebrating football. Wrenched from the exclusive domain of the wealthy elite, the soaring sounds reached mass appeal. More than 1.4 billion people watched the televised concert from Baths of Caracalla in Rome, on the eve of…

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Dancing at Maastricht with André

THE eagerly-awaited André Rieu 2019 Maastricht concert film, entitled Shall We Dance, will be broadcast by satellite at the Regent Centre in Christchurch on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July. Rieu’s annual hometown concerts attract fans from all corners of the globe. The medieval town square is transformed into a spectacular backdrop for the performances….

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Voces 8 at Milton Abbey

ONE of the country’s leading chamber choirs Voces8 returns for this year’s Milton Abbey International Music Festival, from 29th July to 3rd August, with a programme that includes Bach’s St John Passion and Haydn’s Creation. The festival, which also features the Academy of Ancient Music, is a celebration of music-making, with world-class visiting artists, alongside…

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Opera Anywhere at Nothe Fort

WHAT better setting for Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance than Nothe Fort at Weymouth? Opera Anywhere is bringing its new production of the ever-popular comic opera to the venue on Thursday 8th August. Under the auspices of Dorch­ester Arts, this swashbuckling farce, with  Sullivan’s memorable tunes and Gilbert’s razor-sharp satire,  is the story…

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Opera in Oborne church

OPERA in Oborne returns in August with one of the best loved of all operas, a sparkling one-act comedy and a gala concert, all performed in the village’s St Cuthbert’s Church in the village near Sherborne, from 2nd to 6th August. Puccini’s La Boheme, the tragic story of Mimi and Rodolfo, set in belle epoque…

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BSO Proms back in Meyrick Park

BOURNEMOUTH Symph­ony Orchestra’s eagerly- awaited Proms in the Park season returns to Mey­rick Park from 1st to 3rd August. The three-day musical spectacular  begins on Thursday 1st with an afternoon full of musical fun for the whole family with performances from other BSO ensembles and audience participation. The full forces of the orchestra will be…

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