The Art of Sound

For the love of Bach

FANS of Bach in particular and baroque music in general have an annual winter treat at Bath – this year’s Bath Bach Fest runs from 21st to 23rd February and includes leading international musicians including Xuefei Yang and The Sixteen. Directed as always by Amelia Freedman, the eighth Bach Fest, produced by the team which…

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Armonico returns for romance

THE Armonico Consort returns to Yeovil Octagon on Thursday 14th February for a Valentine’s Day con­cert of arias and duets all about love. The programme features arias and duets for soprano and male alto, by Handel and other baroque composers. They are joined by wine expert and music lover Oz Clarke who will read letters,…

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Trio Sora open Concerts in the West 2019 series

CONCERTS in the West, which brings talented young musicians to the West Country, starts the 2019 season on Thursday 14th February, with Trio Sora, at four recitals, including a new venue, Wellhayes Vineyard at Clayhanger near Tiverton. On Friday 15th, the Trio will be at Bridport Arts Centre for a coffee concert and at Ilminster…

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The musical voice of the suffragettes

DAME Ethel Smyth was the musical voice of the suffragettes as much as Emmeline Pankhurst was the speaking voice of the campaign for votes for women. Smyth’s story is told in a new play with music at Dorchester Arts on Friday 15th February. Actress and singer Lucy Stevens brings one of the great heroines of…

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Kanneh-Mason siblings at Dorchester

THERE is a rare opportunity to see BBC Young Musician of 2016 Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his sister Isata on stage together for a recital for Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange in the autumn. Playing works written for cello and piano, the virtuoso siblings will be in Dorset on Sunday 17th November, and members of…

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Salisbury’s Father Willis dismantled for restoration

SALISBURY Cathedral’s famous Father Willis organ, installed in the 19th century, is being dismantled for restoration, the first for 50 years. The original cost of installing the organ was £3,500, a sum that was given by Miss Chafyn Grove. The organ case cost £,1000 to build, and the blowing apparatus an additional £800-1,000. By comparison, the…

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Choral masterpieces at Bridport

THE New Elizabethan Singers will perform two of the great choral works of the turn of the late 19th century for their winter concert on Saturday 2nd February. The concert, at St Swithun’s Church, Bridport (pictured), features Bruckner’s monumental setting of the Te Deum, first performed in 1885, and the colourful, operatic Messa di Gloria…

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Showcasing the cello

BOURNEMOUTH Symphony Orchestra’s artist in residence, cellist Johannes Moser, will give a recital at Poole’s Lighthouse, on Wednesday 6th February. Johannes will be joined by pianist and recital partner Andrei Koro­bein­ikov for an evening that will showcase the versatility and beauty of the cello in a programme featuring music from the 19th and 20th centuries…

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Reimagining the Classics with BSO Resound

THE ongoing collaboration between Artsreach, Dorset’s rural touring charity, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra continues with a first visit to the rural county by BSO Resound, on 2nd and 3rd February at Sandford Orcas and Studland. Following the autumn visits by the Resonate Strings and Brass ensembles, the orchestra’s newest ensemble BSO Resound, the world’s…

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Philippa Mo at Sladers Yard

VIOLINIST Philippa Mo continues her West Bay series of concerts playing Bach’s complete works for solo violin with a recital at Sladers Yard on Saturday 2nd February. Over the course of six concerts, Philippa is playing Bach’s complete works for solo violin, Fantasias by Telemann and other mainly baroque works. The February concert, which begins…

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