Three Dorset composers at Dorchester

DORCHESTER’s St Mary’s Church will be the handsome setting for a concert showcasing the work of three living Dorset composers who are also accomplished musicians – Rick Birley, Geof Edge and Tamara Konstantin – on Saturday 24th February at 7.30pm.

Over more than 30 years, Rick Birley has composed a large body of work which deserves to be much more widely known outside Dorset. This concert will feature intimate pieces for piano and solo violin and larger works for choir and orchestra.

Geof Edge, a musician who specialises in writing for children’s voices, will be familiar to many through his Apollo cantata, which was the centrepiece of the 2019 Moonbury Rings project. The Dorchester concert features Points Of Light, a thought-provoking work for choir and orchestra.

Georgian-born Tamara Konstantin, who lives in Weymouth, is a highly respected pianist and composer, whose work has been recorded for the Naxos label. Her chamber works for piano, violin and cello, with their lyrical romanticism and flowing melodies, form a perfect counterpoint to the larger-scale works in the programme.

The performers have brought together the Great Western Orchestral ensemble, with choir and soloists, a talented group of professional and semi-professional performers, all with Dorset connections, for what will undoubtedly be a memorable evening of music.