Diary dates for Plush Festival

Diary dates for Plush Festival

Following another hugely successful Sherborne Abbey Festival, we turn our attention to more upcoming local events to get excited about.

Our neighbours at Plush Festival always offer an inspiring programme of music at the intimate venue of St Johns, Plush. Founded by cellist Adrian Brendel 22 years ago (Adrian, who performed for us so wonderfully last weekend), the 2018 festival is guest-curated by pianist Tim Horton.

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Season highlights include talented vocal group Fieri Consort singing Renaissance motets on Friday 3 August. Described by John Rutter as “some of the best young singers in Britain today”, their a cappella Gesualdo will be interweaved with contemporary piano music performed by Tim.

Tim has invited Italian virtuoso pianist Filippo Gorini – a protegé of Alfred Brendel described as “fearless” and “breathtaking” – to perform in two daytime concerts on Saturday 4 August. After solo Schumann and Beethoven in the Lunchtime Concert, Filippo will come together with Tim for a dynamic rendition of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring for Four Hands.

Sir András Schiff descends on Plush on Monday 6 August for Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book II. Sadly the concert has now sold out, but do consider making the journey to London to see him perform the same work at the BBC Proms on Wednesday 29 August. His performance of Book I was among the Guardian’s Top 10 Classical Music highlights of 2017. Tickets are available from this Saturday onwards: https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e92fbp.

From 14-15 September, Tim assembles a unique “Plush Ensemble” consisting of Tim Horton, Adrian Brendel, Bjørg Lewis, Ruth Gibson, Jim Clark, Rachel Roberts and Cerys Jones. They perform Beethoven, Brahms, Berg and beyond.

The next day (Sunday 16 September) four of these leading musicians give a day of free masterclasses to instrumentalists aged 11-18. Applications are open now: www.plushfestival.com/education. Students aged Under 21s get access to £5 tickets to all concerts that haven’t sold out.

To view the programme in full, please visit www.plushfestival.com/whats-on.

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.

What’s on 5th May

What’s on 5th May

Saturday 5th May 10.00am Stuart Centre, Sherborne Girls

Sherborne Girls Directions and Parking

Workshop: Dorset Dance Tunes and Folk Concert, with Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson

 

The workshop will explore some of the wonderful jigs, hornpipes, waltzes and polkas that form Dorset’s rich tradition of dance music – a tradition stretching back to the eighteenth century. The morning ends with a free concert (starting approx. 12.15pm) to which all are welcome. Tim Laycock is a professional folk musician and actor with a particular interest in the folk traditions of Dorset and is artist-in-residence for the National Trust at Hardy’s cottage. Colin Thompson is a leading exponent of the English style of fiddle playing and, together with Tim, performs regularly in folk concerts all over Dorset.

Music is provided, and the workshop is open to all players of acoustic instruments.

The Workshop is a ticketed event but the concert afterwards is *FREE ENTRY*


 

*FREE ENTRY*

Saturday 5th May at 10.30am Sherborne Abbey | Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Sherborne School Close Harmony

 

The Sherborne School Close Harmony group and a smaller Barbershop group perform a breadth of repertoire including new takes on the musical world of the 1930s and 1940s. From Show Boat through Miss Otis regrets, The Long Day Closes, Java Jive and Sailing By to a snazzy arrangement of Blue Moon (marked to be performed as ‘cool — almost groovy’), this recital represents joyful unstuffiness at its best.

 


 

*FREE ENTRY*

Saturday 5th May at 1.30pm Sherborne Abbey | Wessex Big Band

 

Wessex Big Band’s programme of popular music from the 1930s to the present day, played in Big Band Style, will include favourites by Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Count Basie, etc. A vocalist will provide added variety to the programme. Although most of the members are amateur musicians, the band is renowned throughout southern England for enthusiastic and entertaining performances.

 


 

*FREE ENTRY*

Saturday 5th May at 3.30pm Castleton Church | Catch Me if You Can: Rossignol

Rossignol’s 2018 concert explores the very early discovery that it is possible to sing or play the same tune at different times. From the medieval round Sumer is Icumen in to Baroque fugues, imitation has influenced composers such as Byrd, Purcell and of course J S Bach, as the programme will show.

 


 

*FREE ENTRY*

Saturday 5th May at 5.00pm Castleton Church | A Celebration of Nature

Helen Habershon & Friends

 

Composer Helen Habershon and friends including John Wilks (flute) and Arturo Serna (cello) present a delightful programme of music and poetry inspired by nature, featuring her own works, as heard on Classic FM, as well as music by Bach and Debussy.

 


 

Saturday 5th May at 7.30pm Sherborne Abbey | Festival Concerto Feast

Adrian Brendel, cello, Ruth Rogers, violin, and Iuventus Chamber Orchestra

Thomas Hull, conductor

A generous portion of two all-time favourite concertos balanced by two wrongly-neglected symphonies, topped with a double helping of acclaimed soloists with close links to Dorset. The programme features the hugely popular Bruch Violin Concerto, Schumann’s beautiful Cello Concerto and two magnificent symphonies by Haydn and Schubert, all conducted by Thomas Hull.

Adrian Brendel is a cellist of international repute, well-known locally as the co-founder of Music at Plush, an annual summer music festival in Dorset. He has appeared all over the world and his much-heralded Beethoven Cello Sonata recordings were chosen as the top recommendation on BBC Radio 3’s Building a Library.

Described as “the finest of the younger generation of violinists”, Ruth Rogers is well known in Dorset as the former Co-Leader of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. For this concert, her group – the Iuventus Ensemble – has expanded to form the Iuventus Chamber Orchestra, which comprises the same outstanding musicians that were handpicked to perform in last year’s Festival with violinist Nicola Benedetti.

“… Adrian is an artist of the highest rank. His command of the cello is total and his engagemet with the music was highly sensitive and technically extremely polished.”

Calgary Herald Photo: Jack Liebeck

“From the moment Ruth Rogers walked on to the stage, it was clear even before a single note was heard that here was an artist who simply exuded great warmth and personality! The playing, of course, was quite superb.”  Plymouth Herald

 

FURTHER INFORMATION AND HOW TO BOOK TICKETS

Festival Day One – all you need to know

Festival Day One – all you need to know

Two FREE concerts and two ticketed concerts kick off day one of our award-winning Festival. We hope you can join us for our nineteenth award-winning season.

See the full line up until Tuesday 8th

 

Friday 4th May 1.30pm Sherborne Abbey

Sherborne School Chamber Concert

For the curtain-raiser to the 2018 Abbey Festival, the Music Scholars of Sherborne School perform as part of a flute trio, piano trio and wind quintet, in music by Danzi, Ibert, Honegger and Haydn. Some particularly talented musicians, all in their final term, will also give outstanding solo performances in music by Martinu, Beethoven, Mozart and Fauré.

*FREE ENTRY*

 


Friday 4th May 3.00pm Cheap Street Church

Kieran White and Elizabeth Kenny

‘Tis Nature’s Voice; Music for Tenor and Lute:
Discover some of the most exquisite writing of the 17th century in a collection of English songs, French airs de cour and Italian airs, written for the respective national courts. These beautiful songs are written for the forces of tenor and lute by composers including Purcell and Monteverdi.

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Friday 4th May 4.45pm BSR, Sherborne School

I Got Rhythm: Sherborne School Swing Band

The Swing Band’s ever-popular annual Festival concert has become so well attended that it has moved venues several times in order to accommodate larger audiences. This year’s performance, in the school’s biggest venue, offers something for everyone in an upbeat celebration of big band music. Think Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Charlie Mingus, superb improvised solos, and some Frank Sinatra numbers featuring the band’s latest vocalists. Arrive early for a good seat.

*FREE ENTRY*

 

 


Friday 4th May 8.00pm Sherborne Abbey

A Joyful Noise: London Adventist Chorale

Ken Burton, conductor

The London Adventist Chorale, awarded Choir Of The Year in 1994 and BBC Gospel Choir Of The Year in 1995, presents a mainly a cappella repertoire which draws from the sounds of both gospel and the Western sacred choral tradition, to create a vocal blend which is unique in the British choral world, and where complex rhythms and exquisite eightpart harmonies contrast with deeply emotive singing. Songs include the popular Joshua, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, and Going Home.

“The quality of tone, superb control and perfect interpretation are the hallmarks of a choir at peak power, 28 singers with an impeccable blend of harmony.”

Tony May, Cross Rhythms

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The Gentlemen of St John’s at Bryanston

The Gentlemen of St John’s at Bryanston

The Gentlemen of St John’s are all members of the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, undergraduates at the University.  The Choir has earned world-wide acclaim by singing an extensive repertoire in a wide diversity of styles.

By kind permission of The Head and The Director of Music we invite you to attend a concert by:

 

THE GENTLEMEN OF ST JOHN’S

THE CHORAL SCHOLARS OF ST JOHN’S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE

THE MARK ELDER CONCERT HALL

BRYANSTON SCHOOL, BLANDFORD DT11 0PX

WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL 2018 AT 7.30 PM

 

24th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

2018 is the twenty-fourth consecutive year we have been privileged to hold an annual concert in aid of Save the Children.  On this occasion we are, once again, delighted to welcome a group of seven Choral Scholars who will be singing a programme of music ranging from the early sixteenth century to contemporary close-harmony arrangements.  An Organ Scholar will accompany the choir for part of the programme.

Wine and soft drinks (at a cost of £3.00 and £2.00 respectively) will be on sale prior to the performance & during the interval.

Adult ticket(s) £15.00 | Student ticket(s) £8.00

Tickets available by calling t: 01258 452640 | Click here for more details and ticket booking form

 

Anne C Dearle

Chairman, Blandford Branch, Save the Children

Lewth Cottage, 1 Dunstan Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3SE.

REGISTERED CHARITY No 213890

BLANDFORD BRANCH

 

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