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.

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