The Art of Sound

A Renaissance and Baroque tapestry

MUSIC from the Renaissance and Baroque periods are woven into a fascinating musical tapestry in Historical Fiction, at Dorchester’s St Mary’s Church on Sunday 12th June at 7pm. Making a welcome return to Dorchester Arts, saxophonist Christian Forshaw is joined by soprano Grace Davidson and Libby Burgess, organ. The programme includes Handel’s Eternal Source of…

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Tragedy and satire from ETO at Bath

ENGLISH Touring Opera makes a welcome return to Bath’s Theatre Royal on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st May with productions of arguably the world’s favourite opera, Puccini’s achingly sad and beautiful La Bohème and the colourful satire, The Golden Cockerel by Rimsky-Korsakov. The two operas both date from the period of the late 19th and…

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Leeds prize-winner at Sidmouth

ISRAELI pianist Ariel Lanyi, the third prizewinner at the 2021 Leeds International Piano Competition, is giving a concert for Sidmouth Music at the town’s parish church on Saturday 28th May, rescheduled from February. Lanyi, the Roslyn Lyons Bronze Medal.at Leeds last year, is playing a programme of Schumann, including Kinderszenen, Albeniz’ Iberia Book III, and…

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Songs of nature

DORSET’s Quangle Wangle Choir, much loved community choir, celebrates the natural world at its concert at Broadwey on Saturday 14th May at 7.30. The theme is “Heaven in a Wild Flower” (William Blake) so expect songs about the natural world, as we;; as Vincent van Gogh, a fossil tree dreaming of time gone by, butterflies…

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Invitation to the Bath party

BATH’S biggest free party is back, with the free opening celebrations of this year’s Bath Festival, on Friday 13th May from 5pm. After two years’ Covid-enforced absence, the festival organisers are delighted to invite the crowds back for a massive colourful party, taking over venues across the city. Whatever your taste in music, whether it…

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Star soloist trio on tour

CONCERTS in the West brings a brilliant trio, a violinist, violist and pianist, all soloists in their own right, on the May tour, to Bridport Arts Centre and Ilminster Arts Centre on Friday 6th and the Dance House at Crewkerne on Saturday 7th May. Thom, Upshaw and Strong are prize-winning violinist Eloisa-Fleur Thom, the American…

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Impressionist at the piano

MULTI-talented impressionist Alistair McGowan  comes to Poole’s Lighthouse Arts Centre on Thursday 5th May with The Piano Show, showcasing his new-found skills as a concert pianist as well as the comedy impressions for which he is best known. The show features music spanning the history of the piano, from the 17th century world of Bach…

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Lehar classic welcomes MPO back

AFTER a two-year pandemic hiatus, Milborne Port Opera is back on stage at the village hall from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd July, performing Franz Lehar’s ever-popular confection The Merry Widow. The operetta, set in Paris,  is the story of the young, beautiful and recently widowed Hanna Glavari, whose Pontevedroan banker husband has left her…

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Frome Festival back with full line-up

FROME Festival is back this year, after last year’s Covid-reduced programme, with a full line-up of great performances and participation events from Friday 1st to Sunday 10th July. Headline names for 2022 include Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley, hosting an opening night party at the Cheese and Grain; followed by legendary singer guitarists Andy Fairweather…

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