The Art of Sound

A Sprig of Thyme

GILLINGHAM Singers Choir will be peforming folk and jazz songs at St James’ Church in Shaftesbury on Tuesday 23rd May. The Sprig of Thyme is a charming cycle of 11 English, Scottish and Irish folk songs arranged by John Rutter for mixed choir. Although the collection includes songs in a variety of styles, they all…

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Jump in and join the Bath Festivals

BATH Festivals, combining the city’s long-established music and literary festivals, opens on 19th May with the always eagerly anticipated Party in the Park, followed by nine days of varied and exciting events. The line up includes some of the world’s best known authors, a debate on the American political scene, three months into Donald Trump’s…

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Sarum Voices, in London and Salisbury

SARUM Voices, the Salisbury-based vocal ensemble, will be performing at the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music in May. They will be performing at the festival’s gala concert on Saturday 13th May at St George’s, Blooms­bury. The following Friday, 19th May, Salisbury audiences will have the chance to hear some of the music from the…

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Register now for BSO live in the classroom

TEACHERS are being invited to  introduce their students to the sounds and sights of  Bournemouth Symph­ony Orches­tra, direct from the classroom. The orchestra’s popular schools’ concerts are back, with the exciting new theme of  Secrets and Codes. As part of the BSO’s Blast programme, the interactive concerts  introduce classical music and the orchestra to Key…

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New Elizabethan Singers – new date

THE West Dorset based New Elizabethan Singers were forced to postpone their January concert, but will be performing the same programme, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, at St. Swithun’s Church in  Alling­ton near Bridport on Saturday 20th May. The rescheduled concert starts at  7.30pm, and is conducted by the choir’s MD, Matt Kingston. Israel in Egypt…

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Barefoot at the organ

MICHAEL Maxwell Steer, composer, pianist and teacher, has returned to the first love of his musical life for a concert at St John’s Church in Tisbury on Saturday 20th May. The Barefoot Organist takes him, and his audience, back to the time when, as a 12-year-old boy, he took up the organ. Under the guidance…

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Jazz Missa Brevis and more

WILTSHIRE-based choir Lucis returns to the Bradford on Avon music centre on Saturday 13th May at 7.30, with music from around the world. Under the baton of their MD Francis Faux, and accompanied by Alistair Watson at the piano, the main focus of the evening will be Will Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis. The programme, which…

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Brodsky at Bradford on Avon

WILTSHIRE Music Centre welcomes the Brodsky Quartet on Friday 12th May for an evening of Bach, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Beethoven. A natural curiosity and insatiable desire to explore has propelled the quartet – violinists Daniel Rowland and Ian Belton, cellist Jacqueline Thomas and viola player Paul Cassidy – in many artistic directions and continues to…

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Mini-Festival for Bournemouth Chamber Music

BOURNEMOUTH Chamber Mus­ic has organised its first-ever mini-festival on the weekend of 13th and 14th May at Arts Univer­sity Bourne­mouth and Bourne­mouth University. The event is part of the BCMS Residency project with the Pavão String Quartet, and starts at 4pm on Saturday 13th May at AUB with an illustrated talk on female composers by…

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