The Art of Sound

Festive fanfare with the BSO

THE Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Ensemble joins Artsreach, Dorset’s rural touring charity, for two concerts, at Gillingham and Chetnole on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th December. Expect an evening of musical delights as the musicians take you on a journey through several centuries of music from Byrd and Bach to Amazing Grace and jazz classics…

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Christmastide with Cantamus

WEST-Dorset based choir Canta­mus will be at Milton Abbey on Thursday 13th December for a Christ­mas concert, promoted by Artsreach. The group, which was formed seven years ago, is led by musical director Malcolm Knowles, choral scholar from St John’s College Cambridge. Malcolm has had a distinguished career as a tenor soloist in choral music…

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La Traviata from the MET

VERDI’S heart-wrenching opera La Traviata makes a change from Christmas carols and pop songs, and will be beamed live by satellite from the Metropolitan Opera in New York around the world on Saturday 15th December at 5.55. The MET’s new music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, launches his tenure conducting Verdi’s timeless tragedy. Diana Damrau sings Violetta…

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Return of piano duo

PIANISTS Duncan Honyebourne and Katharine Lam return to Tincleton Gallery for two nights on 7th and 8th December. Both popular performers at the Dorset venue,  they have chosen a programme that includes Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on Green­sleeves, Madeleine Dring’s 3 Fantastic Variations on Lilli­bur­lero, movements from Walton’s Facade, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Lyapunov’s, Chant de…

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Baroque tunes made the music famous

YEOVIL Chamber Choir joins Ax­minster Chamber Choir for a concert of Christmas and Advent music at the church of St Andrew off Preston Road on Wednesday 5th Decem­ber. The programme includes Praetor­ius’s In dulci jubilo, Charpentier’s Messe de minuit sur des airs de Noël, Bonhomme’s Quem vidistis pastores and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata Wachet auf,…

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Christmas at Trowbridge

TROWBRIDGE Philharmonic Choir comes to the town’s beautiful parish church of St James on  Saturday 8th December at 7.30pm for the Christmas concert. The programme includes Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Tchaikovsky’s The Crown of Roses as well as many seasonal favourites. The concert will be conducted by the choir’s musical director…

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