With a nineteenth season in 2018, and many new tourism awards under its belt, the first weekend in May now means only one thing – wonderful music of all kinds at the acclaimed Sherborne Abbey Festival.

The 2018 programme, taking place from 4th8th May is full of exciting and adventurous concerts. There’s something for all tastes and ages with up to 70% of all performances free entry, making it one of Dorset’s most welcoming and accessible musical events. Everything from Intimate Sinatra with Matt Ford, popular Swing, Big Bands and Close Harmony to a Concerto Feast with Adrian Brendel, Rachmaninov to Taverner with the Tallis Scholars, Gospel from the London Adventist Chorale and much more is on offer.

As always, local young musicians and singers have a major role with concerts by jazz, madrigal, choral and chamber ensembles from Sherborne School, Sherborne Girls and Leweston. A much anticipated highlight is the performance by Sherborne Festival Chorus, a non-auditioning community-based choir of 140 people, this year appearing with Sherborne Classical Players presenting Mozart’s Requiem.

Described as ‘A lovely gem of a festival’ by long-time supporter Dr Carol Colburn Grigor CBE (The Dunard Fund),  Sherborne Abbey Festival is organised entirely by volunteers and is centred in and around the 8th Century Abbey Church in Sherborne. The combination of classical music, internationally renowned performers and exploring all that Sherborne and Dorset has to offer, is irresistible to visitors.

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