Sherborne Abbey Festival 2014

The 15th Annual Sherborne Abbey Festival 2014 from 2nd – 6th May promises the most exciting programme ever, including Sir James Galway, Stacey Kent, Cardinall’s Musick & The Jiving Lindy Hoppers

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Sir James Galway performs

The living legend of the flute…

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The Fieri Consort Workshop

A Madrigal workshop at Sherborne Girls School

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Swinging at the Cotton Club

With the Jiving Lindy Hoppers

Swing by the event

The Cardinall's Musick

with William Byrd’s ‘The Great Service’

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As Plato said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

For the 15th Sherborne Abbey Festival we invite you to enjoy the choral beauty of Byrd’s ‘The Great Service’ and, sung for the first time in Sherborne Abbey, Elgar’s ‘The Apostles’, which is probably the biggest and most beautiful work that he wrote. For the first time at the Festival we will have professional dancers on stage with ‘Live from the Cotton Club’ and from the USA we welcome the amazing jazz singer Stacey Kent. In case that is not enough to whet your appetite we are privileged to welcome the man with the golden flute, none other than the incredible Sir James Galway – and these are just the headline acts in a wonderful five days packed with a further eighteen concerts to tempt you, most of which are free.

This year the festival has once again taken responsibility for funding the choir and providing music lessons for choristers. We have also paid for the maintenance of the Abbey organ and bought a new piano for the Choir Vestry for practices. In addition, we donated £3000 to The Rendezvous young people’s centre in Sherborne to provide music lessons for their students ~ all thanks to our Festival supporters and visitors.

— John Baker, Artistic Director

Sherborne Abbey

Sherborne Abbey is at the centre of Festival activities, offering a stunning backdrop and unforgettable venue as well as a magnificent and spiritual place to visit. Visit the Abbey website to find out more about its history.

Welcome to Sherborne

If you are visiting Sherborne, welcome, and we hope you enjoy your time here.  There are a host of good reasons to visit Sherborne and Dorset all year round – visit our information page for more about the town.

Eat & Drink locally

Sherborne has so many great places to eat and drink, offering something for everyone.  From a takeaway panini to a locally-sourced a la carte dinner, a frothy cappucino to a local beer… there’s plenty of places to enjoy.

Explore the County

Sherborne is perfectly placed to explore all that Dorset has to offer, so why not stay a while and venture out and about to the surrounding countryside, Dorset towns and Jurassic Coast. See our ideas for days out and places to stay.

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In his book England’s Thousand Best Churches, Simon Jenkins lists Sherborne Abbey in the top 18 of England’s churches and credits it with some of the finest vaulting in the country. He writes, “I would pit Sherborne’s roof against any contemporary work of the Italian Renaissance“.

To encounter great music in these beautiful surroundings is something rather special. These moments of real magic are available all too rarely. So why not come and join the growing number of people who return year after year to enjoy our Festival in the wonderful setting of Sherborne Abbey (and other nearby venues) – once experienced, never forgotten.

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