Music at St Giles

THE second annual series of Music at St Giles concerts at St Giles House, the ancestral home of the Earls of Shaftesbury, at Wimborne St Giles, begins on Wednesday 24th May, from 7pm with a recital by Sunwook Kim.

The 29-year-old Korean pianist is a former BSO Artist-in-Residence and became a great audience favourite  when he played with the orchestra at Poole and other venues.

Born in Seoul, Sunwook Kim (pictured), who now lives in London, came to international recognition when he won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006.

His programme at St Giles House opens with Bach’s Italian Concerto in F Major, followed by Beethoven’s most popular piano sonata, No 2, “Moonlight,”  and Debussy’s expressive collection of 12 preludes, each with a title describing the soundworlds explored within.

The concert series is arranged by Dougie Scarfe, chief executive of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, in conjunction with Lord Shaftesbury, whose family has musical connections going back to the 3rd Earl and Handel.

The second concert, on Thursday 15th June, features BBC New Generation Artists the Van Kuijk String Quartet. The quartet won first prize at the Haydn competition and the Beethoven prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. Their recording of the Mozart String Quartet has received rave reviews in the press.

The St Giles House concert includes Webern’s Langsamer Satz, Mozart’s String Quartet No.19 in C Major and Schubert’s String Quartet No.10 in E-flat Major.

The concerts are followed by a two-course dinner in the state dining room. For more information visit