New Exhibition | 10-16 August

New Exhibition | 10-16 August

Diary date | Friday 10th – Thursday 16th August

THE BEATING HEART OF SHERBORNE

A revealing new exhibition of Sherborne Abbey by the artist James Budden

Not just a beloved landmark but a bustling building full of life, love and worship; Sherborne Abbey sets the scene for a variety of exciting events throughout the year – including of course the award-winning Sherborne Abbey Festival.

From fanfares to film sets, this vaulted ceiling has seen it all. Now various aspects of the Abbey building, with  the events and people connected to it, are to be revealed and celebrated in a stunning new collection of works by the artist James Budden, who lives and works close by.

This free-entry exhibition, which takes place in the South Choir Aisle, will be set as a three-part series celebrating the music, the people and the architecture of this living landmark.

Many of the works included in this exhibition were drawn and painted during live performances at the 2018 Sherborne Abbey Festival where James was artist-in-residence.  Starting with a blank canvas, James would paint from the moment the music started; the final brush stroke made as the last note was played. This created a range of works as lively and diverse as the music they were painted to.

Visitors can expect innovative new views of the building and the people who work there, along with a peek into the creative process through accompanying photographs documenting the artist’s journey by photographer Tara Bradford.

WHEN | Friday 10th August – Thursday 16th August : *10am – 5pm (11am – 5pm on Sunday)

*Unless a memorial or other service is taking place

WHERE | South Choir Aisle, Sherborne Abbey

Exclusive Preview of Works | Thursday 9th August 6pm – 8pm

10% of sales from the exhibition will be donated to Sherborne Food Bank

For more information and images, or to arrange an interview with the artist, please contact Ruth Graves either by email ruth.graves101@gmail.com or phone 07546 312614

Another successful Festival closes

Another successful Festival closes

Blue skies and music in the air as Sherborne celebrates another successful Festival

The nineteenth annual award-winning Sherborne Abbey Festival took place on a sunny May bank holiday weekend as thousands flocked to twenty five different concerts in the town, around seventy percent of which were free-entry.

A hugely varied programme, with the London Adventist Chorale and director Ken Burton bringing Gospel singing to the Abbey on the opening night (with an afternoon workshop at Sherborne Abbey Primary School beforehand) while, in contrast, Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars closed the Festival in a magnificent fashion with Rachmaninov’s Vespers.  For a complete change of tempo, audiences experienced a real treat when the Festival swung into Sinatra mode with Matt Ford, who sings regularly with the John Wilson Orchestra in London, backed by the hugely talented Tippett Quartet and the Matt Skelton Quintet.

The Festival Chorus and Sherborne Classical Players performed to a packed capacity Abbey for Mozart’s Requiem starring soprano Rebecca Outram, messo-soprano Louise Innes, tenor Rhys James Batt and baritone Craig Bissex while Thomas Hull directed Adrian Brendel and Ruth Rogers in the hugely popular Bruch’s Violin Concerto and Schumann’s beautiful Cello Concerto.

As usual, the Festival’s world-class performances are interspersed with concerts given by exceptionally talented local musicians and students, ranging from early music, madrigal and chamber music to jazz and barbershop. Not forgetting the popular Saturday morning workshop and performance which this year featured Dorset dance tunes and folk.

For the first time the Festival introduced an Artist in Residence – James Budden – whose work was created during several of the live performances and will be available in print after the event.

This year the event has been awarded Gold in the Dorset Tourism Awards and joint Event/Festival of the Year, followed by a Silver Award in the same category for the whole of the South West region.  Judges thought the Festival was ‘Just Beautiful’ and its success is a fitting tribute to a dedicated team of volunteers who work so hard to make it happen year on year.

As has always been the case, proceeds from the Festival are reinvested in projects that enhance the musical life of Sherborne Abbey and the town. Together with continued financial support for the Abbey Choir and the upkeep of the organ, Festival funds this year have provided grants to local young musicians in order to help them to further their musical careers.

See the Festival Gallery HERE

The twentieth annual Festival takes place in 2019 from 3-7 May

 

Sherborne Young Musician of the Year FINALS

Sherborne Young Musician of the Year FINALS

Sherborne Abbey Festival is a proud supporter of Sherborne Young Musician of the Year. It is just one of the ways we give back to the community and to young musical talent.

Do join us on 19th May at the Finalists Concert and award ceremony.

The Fine Times Recorder Festival Preview

The Fine Times Recorder Festival Preview

ONE of the world’s leading cellists, Adrian Brendel, and the wonderful Tallis Scholars choral ensemble are among the highlights of this year’s Sherborne Abbey Festival, from 4th to 8th May.

Brendel, the son of the legendary pianist Alfred Brendel, and director of Music at Plush festival in Dorset, will be the soloist in Schumann’s Cello Concerto at the Festival Concerto Feast at the Abbey on Saturday 5th. Ruth Rogers, the brilliant young violinist from Shaftesbury, will play Bruch’s much-loved Violin Concerto, and the concert, conducted by Thomas Hull, will also include symphonies by Haydn and Schubert.

The Tallis Scholars and their conductor Peter Phillips, favourites at Sherborne, will end the festival with Orthodoxy: Rachmaninov to Tavener at the Abbey on Tuesday 8th. The programme will include Rachmaninov’s Vespers and Sir John Tavener’s Great Canon.

As always, Sherborne Abbey Festival, under the direction of its founder chairman and artistic director John Baker, includes a packed programme featuring talented local musicians, many from Sherborne area schools; many of the concerts are free.

On Friday 4th, there is an afternoon recital, ‘Tis Nature’s Voice, featuring tenor Kieran White and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, at the Cheap Street Church. The programme features 17th century English songs, and French and Italian airs, including works by Purcell and Monteverdi.

Sherborne School Swing Band gives a lively concert, I Got Rhythm, at the Big School Room, Sherborne School, on Friday at 4.45pm, and the day ends with A Joyful Noise with London Adventist Chorale at 8pm.

Dorset’s musical historian Tim Laycock and fiddler Colin Thompson lead a workshop of Dorset dance tunes and folk concert at the Stuart Centre at Sherborne Girls on Saturday 5th at 10am.

Later that day the concerts will include Somewhere Over The Rainbow with Sherborne School Close Harmony at the Abbey at 10.30am, Wessex Big Band at the Abbey at 1.30pm, Rossignol exploring the art of the fugue at Castleton Church at 3.30pm and A Celebration of Nature with composer Helen Habershon at Castleton Church at 5pm.

Sherborne Young Singers will take the audience at Cheap Street Church back to the 1950s on Sunday 6th at 3.45pm in Salad Days, songs from Salad Days and The Boyfriend.

Jazz and the great legacy of Ol’ Blue Eyes will be celebrated at the Big School Room on Sunday evening at 7.45pm when Matt Ford sings Sinatra, with the Matt Skelton Quintet.

On bank holiday Monday 7th, Andrew Earis, director of music at St Martin in the Fields, will give an organ recital in the Abbey at 10am, followed by Schola Cantorum from Leweston School with Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat, at 12.30pm. Samantha Muir and Lara Taylor will give a programme of music from Renaissance France, Brazil, Madeira and Hawaii, on the guitar, ukulele and machete de braga, at Castleton Church at 2.45pm.

Monday’s programme comes to an emotionally powerful conclusion in the Abbey with Sherborne Festival Chorus and Classical Players, soloists and conductor Paul Ellis, performing Mozart’s Requiem.

The last day of the festival, Tuesday 8th, begins with Pocket Sinfonia’s reinterpretation of favourite classics – including Grieg’s Holberg Suite and Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony – at the Cheap Street Church at 11am.

The Madrigal Society of Sherborne Girls gives an eclectic programme from folksongs and spirituals to Bridge and Rutter at the Abbey at 1.30pm and Sherborne Girls String Orchestra will play a concert at Cheap Street Church at 4.30pm.

Read the original feature at The Fine Times Recorder

Pictured: The Tallis Scholars, Adrian Brendel, Kieran White & Elizabeth Kenny and Matt Ford

Adrian Brendel | Patron of Sherborne YMOTY

Adrian Brendel | Patron of Sherborne YMOTY

Sherborne Abbey Festival, supporter of Sherborne Young Musician of the Year, is delighted to share the news that Adrian Brendel, who will be performing at the 2018 Festival, is to become the new Patron of Sherborne YMOTY:

SHERBORNE YOUNG MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR 2018

Sherborne Douzelage is pleased to announce that Adrian Brendel has agreed to be the new Patron of the Sherborne Young Musician project. He is one of the most versatile and original cellists of his generation and has travelled the world as soloist, collaborator and teacher. Adrian is Artistic Director of the Plush Festival, held every summer in Plush, Dorset since 1995 and on 18th March this year he gave a concert in Sherborne along with Wessex Strings.

The third Sherborne Young Musician competition will take place on 19th May 2018. Young teenage solo musicians have put in their nominations and will be busy practising their pieces of music. This is a joint project run by Sherborne Douzelage, Sherborne Abbey Festival and the secondary schools in Sherborne. The more senior teenage musicians have already been judged and five selected to go to a Douzelage International Young Musician festival in Granville France in July.

The Sherborne Young Musician Competition is run along the lines of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and is for strings, woodwind, brass and piano players as well as solo vocalists. The Musical Director is Jamie Henderson of Sherborne School and the adjudicator in Andrew Trewhella from Wellington School. There will be a final competition round followed by a concert in the Tindall Hall at 7:30 pm on Saturday 19th May. Tickets are £10, including a glass of wine and will be available from Sherborne TIC, Winstone’s books and from Mary Clothier on 01963 251255.

{Kevin Waterfall said:} “As with the 2016 events that were such a success this project is a wonderful opportunity for our young musicians and for audiences to experience excellent music, to mix with their peers from across Europe and gain awards for their performances” We have been fortunate to have received excellent support from Sherborne Abbey Festival, Simon Digby Charitable Trust, The Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, The Old Fosterians and Sherborne Kitchens. Douzelage is very grateful to these organisations for their donations and support. In addition we are very fortunate that Wessex strings have hosted fund raising concerts for this project and that we have sponsorship from local music shops.

Local business supporters or entrants can contact Kevin Waterfall at Kevin.waterfall@btinternet.com or 07825 152251.

 

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