The Art of Sound

Rulers of the Queen’s Navy

HISTORIC Nothe Fort at Weymouth must be the perfect setting for a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s naval satire, HMS Pinafore. Opera Anywhere will be staging this comic opera at the fort on Friday 16th July. Much-loved and enjoyed by Dorchester Arts audiences in previous years, Opera Anywhere presents energetic and accessible versions of favourite…

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Carmen reimagined with Concerts in the West

CONCERTS in the West stages a new musical play inspired by one of the world’s best-loved operas, Bizet’s Carmen, for its 23rd-24th July tour to Bridport, Ilminster and Crewkerne. Carmenco, a small ensemble of classical guitarists, flautist, mezzo soprano and two actors, brings Clare Norburn’s new concert-play to life, at Bridport Arts Centre at 11.30am…

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Ferio returns for Concerts in the West

CONCERTS in the West, the organisation which brings rising stars of the chamber music scene to venues in Dorset, Somerset and east Devon, has been unable to tour during the Covid lockdowns. Now back to performing live, the first series of live concerts brings the Ferio Saxophone Quartet, for three recitals on 18th and 19th…

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BSO Resound premiere

THE Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s BSO Resound ensemble is giving the world premiere of Emanation, by Shirley J Thompson, at a concert on Thursday 17th June at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre. Commissioned by Allianz Musical Insurance, (AMI), to celebrate its 60th anniversary, Emanation reflects on 60 years of the independent living movement and its impact on the…

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Grant to support Wells Cathedral music

WELLS Cathedral has been awarded £25,000 by the Cathedral Music Trust to support its internationally renowned music department. Music is a major part of the life of Wells Cathedral and has been throughout its history. The significant reduction in income faced by the Cathedral over the last year has presented challenges to this long tradition…

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An amazing return to music-making

ONE of the highlights of this year’s Bath Festival was the performance of the Gesualdo Six at the Roman Baths, singing a programme of Renaissance and recent choral works. It was good to be back, says the Gesualdo’s tenor Michael Craddock.. How has it felt performing for the 1st time since the restrictions have lifted? We…

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Live arts back in Bath

THE Bath Festival 2021 opened with a dramatic flourish on Monday 17th May, one of the first arts festivals in the UK to welcome back live audiences to indoor events. Bath Festival Orchestra played the opening concert in the newly refurbished historic Bath Abbey to a sell-out audience. The space in the abbey’s nave was…

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Music returns to Tincleton

MUSIC will be returning to Tincleton Gallery at the Old School, Tincleton near Dorchester, in June, after a year in which the pandemic forced cancellation of the planned series of chamber concerts. The concerts will follow the same format, two recitals, on Friday and Saturday, both at 8pm, usually with the same programme; booking is…

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Concerts in the West are back

ANOTHER sign of musical life returning to the region comes with the news that from June, Concerts in the West will be organising tours of outstanding young chamber musicians to regular venues, including the arts centres at Bridport and Ilminster, and the Dance House at Crewkerne. The June tour features the Ferio Saxophone Quartet, Huw…

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