Saturday 5th May 10.00am Stuart Centre, Sherborne Girls
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*
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.
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.
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.
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
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