The Art of Sound

WÖR brings 18th century Flemish music to life

AN energetic group of young musicians from Belgium proved such a hit on their first visit to Dorset in 2019, that they are back for a second tour, with Dorset’s Artsreach and Somerset’s Take Art rural touring arts charities, continuing in Somerset on 28th February. Almost 300 years ago, some musicians from around Antwerp, Brussels, Gent and…

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Emma Johnson comes to Shaftesbury

BRITAIN’S favourite clarin­ettist, Emma Johnson, makes her Shaftesbury debut on Saturday 28th  March. Born in Hertfordshire, she joined the National Youth Orchestra at the age of 15, and three years later won the BBC Young Musician of the Year contest, playing Crusell’s Second Concerto. She made her Barbican debut the following year, and since then…

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Somerset Songfest

SOMERSET Chamber Choir will return to King’s College Chapel in Taunton on Sun­day 16th February at 4pm for a concert of music by Brahms, Strauss and Elgar. Conducted by Richard Laing, the choir will be joined by mezzo-soprano Karen Wise and accompanied by pianist Anita D’Attellis. The works span just 27 years in composition but…

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St Valentine’s flute

CHERUBIM, the music trust based in Tisbury, has arran­ged a Valentine’s Flute Night on Satuday 15th February. The venue is Cravenplan, Wilbury Barn in Swallow­cliffe and the music starts at 7.30pm. The musicians are the Eos Flute Collective, led by Octavia Lamb, and the programme includes the  Carmen Fantasy, arranged for the ensemble by young…

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Concerts in the West mixes the media

CONCERTS in the West continues the 2020 season with a second mini tour in February, featuring a unique trio of tenor, pianist and mixed media artist. The three-date series starts with a coffee concert at Bridport Arts Centre on Friday 21st February. The three artists, John Reid, piano, Nicholas Mulroy, tenor, and mixed media artist…

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Explore percussion with Ensemble Bash

ONE of the world’s most innovative percussion groups, Ensemble Bash, is coming to Salisbury Arts Centre on Saturday 15th February, with a performance that mixes contemporary classical, jazz and music theatre, pushing the boundaries of percussion. Since its inception in 1992, the group has been dedicated to commissioning new repertoire for percussion and has worked…

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Between the acts at Drury Lane

THE Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, has been dazzling and delighting audiences for nearly 320 years. Get a taste of the interval music that entertained those early audiences at a fascinating period instrument recital at Dorchester Corn Exchange on Sunday 23rd February, at 2.30pm. Indoor Fireworks: Entertainments from Drury Lane gives a taste of what was…

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Armonico returns to Octagon

THE Armonico Consort and Baroque Orchestra are back at the Octagon in Yeovil to perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor at 7.30pm on Tuesday 11th Feb­ruary. Written over the final 25 years of his life and completed a year before he died in 1749, the work, a musical setting of the complete Ordinary…

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Beethoven and Brahms with the Heath Quartet

AVON Valley Concerts 2020 continue on Friday 7th Feb­ruary when the Heath Quartet comes to Ringwood’s Trinity Centre. Violinists Oliver Heath and Sara Wolstenholme, with violist Gary Pomeroy and cellist Chris Murray, will play Beethoven’s   Quartet in D major, op.18/3 and Quartet in C major, op 59/3 as well as Brahms’ Quartet in A minor,…

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Unforgettable brass

SHERBORNE Town Band visits All Saints in Martock on Saturday 8th February for the next concert in the Guardians of Martock Church series. The long-established band has built up a tradition presenting a varied programme of unforgettable  brass band music. The music at Martock starts at 7.30pm. For more information, telephone  01935 829576 or visit…

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