World famous countertenor at Dorchester

ONE of the world’s leading countertenors, Andreas Scholl is coming to Dorchester to give a recital, with accompanist Tamar Halperin, on Wednesday 22nd January at St Mary’s Church, Dorchester.

The Dorchester Arts concert, which begins at 8pm, is part of Scholl’s new year tour, The Twilight People.
He and Halperin will perform a programme of music from the past 100 years, including familiar songs such as Britten’s arrangements of The Ash Grove and Greensleeves, Arvo Pärt’s extraordinarily beautiful Vater Unser, and several songs by Vaughn Williams, including his setting of In The Spring by Dorset’s own William Barnes.

There are also some wonderful discoveries and lesser-known works such as Copland’s solo arrangement of the hymn At The River and Beauty Is Life by Joseph Tawadros, which showcases Tamar Halperin’s piano playing as well as Scholl’s sublime voice.

Dorchester Arts’ artistic director Mark Tattersall said: “’I was thrilled when Andreas agreed to come and perform in Dorchester on this tour. I recently found out that singers like Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Kathleen Ferrier had performed in Dorchester in the 1950s and was determined to revive that tradition of bringing world class vocalists to the town. Andreas and Tamar’s concert in January will hopefully be the start of a new series of similarly memorable visits”.

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