The Art of Sound

Gardiner conducts Brahms

DORSET-born conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner joins the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the internationally acclaimed pianist Stephen Hough for a concert streamed live from Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on Wednesday 24th February at 7.30pm. The main work will be Brahms’ magnificent Piano Concerto No 1, following the opening work, Schumann’s Genoveva overture. The presenter will…

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Plastic bad, plastic good, plastic opera

SHAFTESBURY-based composer and musician Karen Wimhurst has created a chamber opera, Synthetica – A Toxic Enchantment, which addresses one of the biggest challenges of our time –plastic. First performed as WRAP-2, a work in progress, at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre in 2018, the opera was due to be toured around the country, but now Synthetica…

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Exciting future for Yeovil Octagon

YEOVIL’S Octagon Theatre, which has provided the launchpad for many professional careers in theatre, music and dance, as well as bringing a huge variety of performances to audiences across the region, will be enlarged and improved in a £23m expansion, approved in principle by South Somerset District Councillors. The scheme includes a new circle of…

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Change at the top at Wiltshire Music Centre

THERE has been a change at the top of the management at Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon. Maud Saint-Sardos has stepped down as chief executive and the current artistic director James Slater has taken over as interim chief executive until a public recruitment process in 2021. Miss Saint-Sardos, who joined in WMC in…

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Sebastian is the Choristers’ Bishop

THE installation of the Boy Bishop is a time-honoured tradition at Salisbury Cathedral, but this year’s ceremony was a bit different. For the first time, the Cathedral choristers made the choice – 13-year-old Sebastian Kunzer. Usually candidates are chosen by the director of music, David Halls, consulting with colleagues in the Cathedral music team and…

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Christmas dates at Wells for Tasmin Little

NEW dates before Christmas have been confirmed for two concerts at Wells Cathedral by the renowned violinist, Tasmin Little. Earlier this month, the internationally renowned musician’s two planned Remembrance Concerts at Wells Cathedral were cancelled due to the second lockdown, so the cathedral authorities are thrilled to report the new dates in December. Tasmin Little…

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Guitarist restarts Avon Valley season

POPULAR classical guitarist Craig Ogden makes a welcome return to Hampshire on Friday 13th November, re-starting the Avon Valley Concerts 2020 programme at Greyfriars Community Centre in Ringwood. The Australian-born musician, who is now principal lecturer in guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, last visited Avon Valley in November 2018. He…

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Wiltshire Music Centre reopens

WILTSHIRE Music Centre at Bradford-on-Avon has reopened after nearly six months, with a programme of concerts from classical to jazz to folk. In July the centre launched a £60,000 Community Fundraising Appeal to help to reopen the venue for an autumn and winter programme that puts the community centre stage. With the closure affecting more…

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