The Art of Sound

Bath Theatre Royal’s adventure in the woods

A STELLAR cast directed by one of the world’s most controversial directors brings Stephen Sondheim’s magical reworking of traditional European fairy tales to Bath for the most spectacular production ever staged at the Theatre Royal, from Wednesday 17th August to Saturday 10th September Into The Woods, with music by Sondheim and book by James Lapine,…

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Burton Bradstock celebrates some big birthdays

BURTON Bradstock Music Festival celebrates its 40th festival,  from 16th to 21st August, with the annual art exhibition at the village hall all week, and three days of outstanding classical and jazz music at St Mary’s Church. Before lockdown, festival director, violinist David Juritz, had planned to mark two anniversaries: the centenary of the legendary…

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Re-inventing two ancient myths for the 21st century

DEBORAH Warner continues her exciting inaugural season as artistic director of Bath Theatre Royal’s Ustinov Studio with a double bill of two Greek myths reinvented for our times, from Friday 12th August to Tuesday 23rd. The works are Benjamin Britten’s Phaedra featuring the mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, and the world premiere of choreographer Kim Brandstrup’s Minotaur….

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Magic and realism with Dorset Opera

DORSET Opera Festival returns to the Coade Hall at Bryanston from 25th to 30th July with two great operas – Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and Mozart’s Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute). It’s an interesting and contrasting choice, musically and dramatically – an operatic version of the 1731 novel, Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon…

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Violin-piano duo on tour

THE July series of Concerts in the West brings the violin-piano duo of Callum Smart and Richard Uttley, to Bridport and Ilminster on Friday 15th and Crewkerne on Saturday 16th. Callum Smart is quickly developing an international reputation as one of Britain’s finest young violinists and an innovative teacher, combining his professorship at the  Royal…

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Sublime music, sublime setting

A SUMMER of sublime music begins at Salisbury Cathedral with the Southern Cathedrals Festival, from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July, with music by Vaughan Williams, César Franck, Haydn and Bach. A concert by organist, composer and TV presenter Anna Lapwood follows on Saturday 23rd July and in August, the popular Organ Prom returns, performed…

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Garden concerts at the Grange

THE beautiful gardens of The Grange hotel at Oborne near Sherborne are providing the setting for a series of summer concerts throughout July and August, bringing a sunny programme of jazz, opera and chamber music Every Sunday until 14th August, tenor Jon Valender has programmed concerts featuring rising stars of both the classical and jazz…

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Last date for Bath Opera Tosca tour

BATH Opera brings a star of the Moldovan State Opera company, in the title role of opera singer Floria Tosca, for the summer tour, ending at Prior Park College in Bath on Saturday 23rd July. Tenor Robert Felstead sings the part of Tosca’s lover Cavaradossi, and Niall Hoskin plays Scarpia, the evil chief of police,…

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Eternal Light at Gillingham

GILLINGHAM Singers have a concert on saturday 25th June at the town’s Methodist Church, including Eternal Light: A Requiem, by Howard Goodall, the composer of both the Blackadder and Vicar of Dibley teme tunes. The concert, postponed from 9th April because of Covid, encompasses music from the 16th, 18th and 20th centuries, including settings of …

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