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Wed 8 December

St Mary's Church, Dorchester DT1 2LY


£15 / £13 members and concessions


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‘Every item is a distinctive delight, beautifully sung, interspersed with perfectly judged readings.’

Dame Emma Kirkby

‘Assured and polished.’

Classic FM

‘Expect true class.’

The Guardian

Join Opus Anglicanum on a Christmas journey 800 years back in time, visiting entrancing music and words from our mediaeval past.

On this inspiring journey we encounter festive music performed for centuries in great cathedrals as well as more intimate works, such as those written for seasonal feasts in collegiate halls; but the identity of most of our composers remains a mystery.

Featuring Christmas music from the raucous to the sublime, masterworks include Perotin’s Beata viscera, music from the Eton Choirbook, and as a finale, Obrecht’s dazzling Factor orbis, where multiple Advent texts and chants combine in an intricate ‘musical sermon’.

Our readings, performed by BBC Radio’s Zeb Soanes, invite the listener to encounter great mediaeval spiritual thinkers, poets and artists. Their words – spanning a thousand years from the fifth-century eloquence of Chrysostom via the glorious ninth-century antiphon O Oriens, to the wisdom of Lancelot Andrewes – illuminate the surrounding music.

St Mary's Church is accessible for wheelchair and pushchair users, it has a small lipped step however the side enterance can be used.

The fully-licenced bar will be open in the interval to serve a limited range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. This will be situated in the church hall.

Tickets can currently be purchased online or by telephone. The telephone line will be manned between 9.30am and 1.30pm Monday to Friday. At all other times please leave your name, telephone number and ticket requirements and we will call you back.

We are not currently able to welcome visitors for advance face-to-face ticket sales.

No booking fees are charged, but a £1 Future Fund levy is included in most ticket prices to support our work. This levy is included in the published ticket price. Concessionary prices (for events promoted by Dorchester Arts): where available, these are offered to under 18s, students, those in receipt of benefits and people on low income regardless of age.

Please note that outdoor performances will go ahead come rain or shine. Cancellation will only occur in extreme circumstances and we will notify ticket holders immediately should such a situation arise.

Covid-19-related ticket policy

We are operating a ticket-less system at the present time. On arrival at events, please give your name and reference number at the box office to gain entry. Once checked in, a wrist band will be available. We will ask you to help yourself to these wrist bands in order to minimise contact.

If you are unable to attend a performance due to a positive Covid-19 test result, displaying Covid-19 symptoms or have been instructed to self-isolate, please contact us to exchange your ticket for an alternative event (of equivalent value) or claim a refund. Please contact Dorchester Arts as soon as you are aware of a problem. Tickets cannot be reimbursed once an event has passed.

Dorchester Arts is a registered charity, so if you feel able, please consider forfeiting your refund as a donation.

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