The Art of Sound

Crossover harp-violin duo

TWO outstanding musicians, whose repertoires span the classical and folk worlds, harpist Catrin Finch and violinist Aoife Ni Bhriain come to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Friday 16th February. The partnership of these two great musicians, the world-renowned Welsh harpist and one of Ireland’s foremost traditional fiddle players who is also a classical…

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The Perks Ensemble opens Concerts in the West 2024

THE 2024 series of Concerts in the West opens on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th February with three concerts with the Perks Ensemble – Oscar, violin, and Elliott, viola, Perks and Alexander Ullman, piano, who have been part of Concerts in the West in previous years and this year are joined for the first time…

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Musical poems and masterpieces

BOURNEMOUTH Symphony’s February programme is a rich combination of classical favourites, rarities and masterpieces, with some of the world’s great soloists joining the orchestra. All the concerts featured here are at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre, but many also have performances at other regular venues – Bristol’s newly refurbished and reopened Beacon (formerly the Colston Hall),…

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A monarch of the sea sails into Bath

ONE of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best-loved operas, HMS Pinafore, sails into Bath next week, from Wednesday 24th to Saturday 27th January when the always-inventive Opera della Luna makes its Theatre Royal debut as part of its 30th anniversary tour, with its much-praised production of the show that gave the world “the Monarch of the Sea…

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New festival for Shaftesbury

SHAFTESBURY has a new festival, celebrating the baroque, specifically the glorious music of the 17th and 18th centuries. There are concerts, talks and a screening of a film about one of the greatest stars of the period, from 23rd to 28th January, with most events are at Shaftesbury Arts Centre. The festival – the latest…

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Operatic chiller for Ustinov

THERE is little in the way of festive cheer in Benjamin Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw, but it is a brilliant and thrilling stage version of Henry James’ famous novella – and we all love a good ghost story at Christmas, don’t we! A new production opens at Bath Theatre Royal’s Ustinov Studio…

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Andreas Scholl at Dorchester

ANDREAS Scholl, one of the world’s greatest counter-tenors, is coming to St Mary’s Church, Dorchester, on Monday 5th February, for one of only two UK concerts next year. He will be accompanied by his wife, Israeli harpsichordist, pianist, musicologist and composer Tamar Halperin. Their previous recital in 2020 was a memorable concert and, predictably, a…

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Concerts in the West tour for Fitzroy Quartet

THE Fitzroy Quartet comes to Dorset and Somerset for the November tour of Concerts in the West to Bridport, Ilminster, Crewkerne and Uplyme, from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th, with a programme of string quartets by Haydn, Szymanowski and Debussy. The Fitzroys are Dan-Iulian Drutac and Jure Smirnov Ostir, violins, Matthew Maguire, viola, and Michael…

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A MUSICAL OFFERING

A MUSICAL OFFERING: One of the imposing 18th century sets for The Score, designed by Robert Jones, who also designed the costumes. The play stars Brian Cox as Johann Sebastian Bach and is set at the court of Frederick II (The Great). It runs to 28th October.

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A musical journey back to the 17th century

TRAVEL 400 years back in time on Saturday 14th October for a musical journey that will take the audience from England’s Chapel Royal to the cutting edge of Venetian musical innovation. The Gramophone-nominated Ensemble Pro Victoria will be giving a concert at St Mary’s Church, Dorchester, at 7pm. Led by Humphrey Thompson and Toby Ward…

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