Author Michael Morpurgo stars at Festival

Author Michael Morpurgo stars at Festival

War Horse – Only Remembered has been announced as one of the star performances at the 2015 Festival.

Author Michael Morpurgo tells the powerful and deeply-moving story of young Albert and his beloved horse Joey. Seen through the eyes of Joey, who witnesses the pity of war on both sides of the trenches, as he moves from life on a farm in peaceful Devon to the devastation of the Western Front in the First World War.

Michael is joined by acclaimed musicians John Tams and Barry Coope, who accompany him with the rousing yet haunting songs specially composed by John Tams for the National Theatre’s award-winning production of War Horse.

“War Horse the book was inspired by a fireside chat in a Devon pub, over 30 years ago, with a veteran of the First World War. It has since been a National Theatre play, a symphony concert piece, a radio play and the Spielberg movie. But this concert version adapted by John Tams (the song-maker of the NT production, now four years into its London run) and sung by John Tams himself and Barry Coope, is the closest of all the adaptations to the original book, in which the voice of the storyteller is the voice of Joey, the horse on a Devon farm, sold away to the army to go to the front in 1914. And it’s the version in which, as the reader of the story on stage, I am most involved. Every time I read it, with John and Barry’s glorious music interwoven with the words, I feel as if I’m telling it for the first time, as if I was there, as the old soldier in the pub was, all those years ago.” – Michael Morpurgo

For those who would like to speak with him, Michael will be at the back of the Abbey after the performance.

See ticket prices and how to book

Friday 1st May | 8.00pm Sherborne Abbey


Sherborne Abbey Festival _ War Horse

“A captivating and poignant experience – read with so much expression by Michael, and the songs so simply presented, so
familiar, taking on new life as an integral part of the story. By the end of the performance there was scarcely a dry eye in the audience.” – Hector Gilchrist for


Book of Revelation Reading

Book of Revelation Reading

A dramatised Reading of the Book of Revelation takes place in Sherborne Abbey at 7.30pm on 22nd November.

Admission is FREE but donations are welcome.


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Live Junction at Plush Festival

Live Junction at Plush Festival

Live Junction
Saturday 23rd August, 7.30pm
Interval ~ BBQ serving organic venison burgers & salads*

Tickets £20 / £10 under 16’s
Special offer – free drink included with your ticket
Book online at or
buy tickets on the door
*weather permitting
“Live Junction sessions are always a joyful surprise and delight…they transport you down little known byways with a verve, musicality and cluster of sheer brilliant talents that you don’t often get to see.”
Max Reinhardt – Late Junction, BBC Radio 3


Inspired by BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, Live Junction brings you the best of classical, jazz, folk and world music combined into one inspiring programme led by pianist Holly Cullen-Davies. The evening will feature music from Romania, Ireland and Argentina played by stunning violinist Georgina Leach who crosses seamlessly between classical and folk fiddle, proving the incredible versatility of her instrument. Classical pieces include the powerful and virtuosic Rachmaninov Prelude in G minor and English composer Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio, with Adrian Brendel on cello.

Rising star Bruno Heinen brings contemporary jazz from his album Tierkreis, which delicately arranges Stockhausen’s original pieces for Music Box using original boxes that have been passed down through Bruno’s family.

Celebrated singer and violinist Alice Zawadzki brings her distinctive sound to the group with original arrangements of songs from Greece, France and Scotland, while jazz guitarist Kristian Borring joins with new material: ‘Kristian has a hyper-cool and low-key approach to jazz guitar, but reprises it with warmth, confidence and a rhythmic hipness that’s thoroughly contemporary.” (John Fordham, The Guardian). Both artists have just released great new albums this year. Here’s a review of Alice’s China Lane.

in addition, Tommie Black-Roff from Teyr will inspire and delight with his accordion driven nu-folk, while multi-instrumentalist Zoot Lyman joins the group with a surprise or two up his sleeve…


Visiting Dorset for the weekend? We can recommend Places to Stay and more – just get in touch on or 020 3286 1885

Michael Chance at Mapperton

Michael Chance at Mapperton

Michael Chance, Britain’s famous leading counter-tenor, is returning to sing in Mapperton’s All Saints Church at 7pm on Saturday 25 October 2014.  He will be accompanied by forte pianist Maggie Cole, who has also performed at Mapperton before.  Their programme of Schubert and Dowland promises to be special since it will be performed on a 1795 forte piano, the musicians judging that the piano’s tone quality is ideal for both composers.

Tickets are £25 and can be reserved at or 01308 862645.

Visit the events page at Mapperton

Visit Michael Chance’s website

Sherborne Abbey Summer School

Sherborne Abbey Summer School

The programme is now available for Sherborne Abbey Summer School with booking available online.

4th – 6th August 2014

3 Study Days, each exploring an aspect of Christian Spirituality


Each of these three study days considers a particular view of God and how we as his creatures fit into the plans he has for all of his creation. We shall explore the visions of God and creation enacted by Thomas Traherne, the Celtic Church and SS Francis & Clare.

Monday 4th August 2014 10 am – 4pm
A Place in Creation
Dr Elizabeth S Dodd

Tuesday 5th August 2014 10 am – 4pm
Joining the Dance
Revd Sr AnnMarie Stuart F.J., MA

Wednesday 6th August 2014 10am – 4pm
Francis & Clare
Revd Sr AnnMarie Stuart F.J., MA

Each Study Day will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a two hour lunch break from 12-2 pm
Tickets £10 per day, £17 for two days or £24 for all three from the Parish Office on 01935 812452 (office hours only) or call at 3 Abbey Close, Sherborne, DT9 3LQ



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