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.
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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.