The Art of Sound

Summer sensations with Artsreach!

SUMMER 2019 brings a host of exciting, colourful and musical delights to Artsreach audiences across Dorset.The newly launched summer programme has nine different companies and performers visiting 18 rural venues, with everything from world music to wildlife puppets, outdoor drama to opera. The season starts with virtuoso kora player Modou Ndiaye, songwriter, drummer and percussionist,…

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From Japan to Dorset

PIANIST Ronan Magill returns to the Tincleton Gallery for two concerts on Friday and Saturday 26th and 27th April. Ronan is a winner of British Int­er­national Piano Competition for Contemporary Music and was the last pupil of Benjamin Britten. He is travelling from  Japan to Dorset for two candlelight concerts. On Friday, he will offer…

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Easter in Martock with Yeovil Band

YEOVIL Concert Band makes its fourth visit to All Saint’s Church in Martock on Saturday 27th April, for its annual Easter concert. The programme includes a selection of show tunes, folk songs, operatic and classical music. Since the wind band was formed in 1999 with just eight members, it has gone from strength to strength….

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Dorset festival founders join in Dorchester

THE Nash Ensemble comes to Dorchester Corn Exchange on Wednesday 17th April, to perform a programme of music by Beet­h­oven, Debussy, Finzi and Brahms. Cellist Adrian Brendel joins clarinetist Richard Hosford and pianist Ian Brown for the concert, which starts at 8pm with Brahms’ trio for clarinet, cello and piano in A minor. The event…

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Welsh National Opera comes to the Octagon

OPERA lovers in South Somerset are in for a treat on Thursday 11th July when Welsh National Opera brings Donizetti’s Don Pasquale to Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre. A comic opera with wonderful music, Don Pasquale is staged with a new and updated libretto by Daisy Evans, who has also directed this small-scale touring production, with an…

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Marta from Covent Garden to Castle Cary

SINGER Marta Fontanals-Simmons takes a break from prep­arations for her Glyndebourne debut to return home to Castle Cary on Friday 24th May. It’s a busy year for the Somerset born mezzo, who is singing in Faust at the Royal Opera House until 5th May, and will be taking part in Bath Festival’s Song Play concerts…

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Alfie in the golden era of songs

ALFIE Boe comes to Bourne­mouth International Centre on Saturday 13th and Southampton May­flower on Sunday 14th April, where there are a handful of tickets left at each venue. The tour celebrates the release of his new album As Time Goes By. The record, released last Novem­ber, celebrates the golden era of music from the 30s…

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Grange Choral in Spring

GRANGE Choral Society gives its  spring concert at Christchurch Priory on Saturday 13th April, at the end of its 50th anniversary year. The programme includes a selection of favourite opera choruses and arias, conducted by the choir’s MD Marcio da Silva. They will be joined by soprano Helen May, tenor Leonel Pinheiro and bass Vedat…

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Dvorak at GMC

GILLINGHAM Methodist Church continues its 2019 musical season on Saturday 13th April when the Gillingham Singers return for their Spring Concert. The choir will perform Dvorak’s Mass In D with a guest flautist. For more details, telephone Music at GMC director Gordon Amery on 07817 379006 or visit the website, www.musicatgmc.org.uk

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Composer search

BOURNEMOUTH Symphony Orc­hestra has joined up with Allianz Musical Insurance to search for a Young Composer-in-Association, and you have until Friday 10th May to apply. The competition is open to UK- based composers aged between 18 and 30. The winner will have the opportunity to develop her or his compositional technique and experience in a…

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