Sun 18 Aug | The Legend of King Arthur (Boxtree Productions)

  • Maumbury Rings
  • Sunday 18 August
  • 5.00pm
  • £11 / £9 / £36 family ticket (max. 2 adults)
  • 2 Hours (Approx)
  • Bring a chair

Pack up a picnic and join us in the open air to enjoy this classic tale of Arthur, a sword and the Knights of the round table. With inventive staging, original songs and magical storytelling, you and your family will be talking about this experience for years to come!

Arthur is fed up! He is tired of his knuckles being rapped by his teacher, being ignored by his parents and bullied by his brother Kay. However, little does he know that there is prophecy of a hero, destined to pull the sword from the stone and unite Britain, it couldn’t possibly be little Arthur could it? With Merlin and his knights by his side, will Arthur be able to reunite Britain and thwart the evil plans of Morgan Le Fay?

Our guide to getting the best out of your evening

Bring whatever you need for a cosy afternoon or evening. Sun shades, sun cream, warm woollies, blankets, waterproofs and insect spray!

Low backed chairs, rugs and a cushion are always nice. Combine comfort and style!.

Bring friends and family (family tickets are available. The more the merrier for a fun day or night out!

Pick a great spot and enjoy the atmospheric surroundings

It’s very helpful to safely find your way back to the car for evening performances.

Although refreshments are also available from an hour before each performance.

Fri 13 September | Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 13 September
  • 8.00pm
  • £13 / £11 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins (approx)
  • Seated

2017 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winners Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente are a vocal/guitar duo like no other.

Calling the Isle of Lewis and Spain home respectively, their music traverses nationalities. Vocals in in Gaelic, Scots and English, their music cover centuries old ballads meet Gaelic puirt a beul, songs from the mines and cotton mills, as well as some original writing.

Josie’s voice, crystal clear. With its slight island twang, equally at home in any of these domains. Accompanied by Pablo’s dynamic, sensitive guitar playing, they illuminate the lyrics. The music at times sparse and haunting, at others driving and all consuming, will leave you stunned.

They are both accomplished musicians in their own right. Josie Duncan a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied with some of the masters of the Scottish and Gaelic traditions. Pablo Lafuente studied guitar and fiddle at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music and has put down cultural roots in Scotland, exploring the tradition to its deepest core.

Sat 14 September | La Boheme (Opera Holloway)

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Saturday 14 Spetember
  • 7.00pm
  • £18 / £16 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins (Approx)
  • Seated

Opera Holloway are delighted to be performing Puccini’s La Boheme, a thrilling and passionate love story, as depicted by one of Opera’s true legends. La Boheme depicts the ever-changing fortunes of the lives of four flatmates, reluctant to leave their student days behind them. Conducted by Lewis Gaston and directed by Fiona Williams, we follow the unfolding love story of Mimi and Rudolfo from its joyous beginnings to the bitter end. Opera Holloway’s production moves the action to a seaside town, on the south coast of England. Four young men are living the youthful dream, yearning for love and not working too hard. Their flat is run down and they’re content to live on take-aways. They complain when they run out of money and have perfected the art of dodging the landlord. Their lives are filled with trips to the pub, late night dancing and girls. 

Until Mimi knocks on the door. Rodolfo opens it, eyes and hands meet and a passionate affair begins. We follow the impoverished lovers as their relationship unfurls on the chilly promenade.  

This contemporary new production of Puccini’s classic tear-jerker, captures the raw, consuming power of young love performed in Opera Holloway’s trademark intimate and immediate style.

Wed 25 September | Quentin Collins Sextet

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Wednesday 25 September
  • 8.00pm
  • £14 / £12 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins (Approx)
  • Seated

As one of the hardest working and in-demand internationally renowned jazz trumpet players, Quentin Collins, has formed an all-star band which is a progression of his quintet with alto sax ace, Tom Harrison. On this tour, Quentin celebrates the release of his new album ‘Road Warrior,’ featuring the star of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, pianist Dan Nimmer. Road Warrior is a musical depiction of life as a touring musician, which all of these artists know too well. Tonight’s group is an all star British lineup;

 

Quentin Collins – Trumpet

Tony Kofi – Alto Saxophone

Leo Richardson – Tenor Saxophone

Steve Hamilton – Piano

Larry Bartley – Bass

Winston Clifford – Drums

 

About the album;

As one of the hardest working and in-demand internationally renowned jazz trumpet players, Quentin Collins, has formed an all-star band which is a progression of his quintet with alto sax ace, Tom Harrison, which gave birth to the Quentin Collins Sextet. Quentin’s overarching ambition was to record an album, consisting of original material, with the joint collaboration of a select all-star US rhythm section and an established UK-based horn section. The end result is a flat-out outstanding collection of contemporary straight-ahead material, equally written by Collins and Harrison. As background, Quentin met in-demand US pianist Dan Nimmer (Wynton Marsalis) while touring with The Kyle Eastwood Band, where Collins has been a regular for 10+ years. Collins was so impressed with Nimmer’s playing that he invited him to be a part of the new project. Nimmer graciously accepted the offer, and suggested that the incredible drummer, Willie Jones III from New York City, joined the line-up. In addition, one of Nimmer’s close friends from high school, NY bassist Joe Sanders, rounded out the most impressive roster. Collins further decided to stretch the front line with young tenor sax sensation, Leo Richardson, whose debut album Quentin produced on the Ubuntu Music record label. By chance, Tom Harrison also went to music college with Richardson, which made the ensemble that much more synchronistic. Road Warrior is a musical depiction of life as a touring musician, which all of these artists know too well. One track in particular, Look Ahead (What Do You See?), is a spiritual journey into the future, written for Collins’ son, asking him to project many years ahead and dream an outcome. To round out the total team, Harrison asked the iconic Jazz Messenger’s legend, sax titan Jean Toussaint, to join the family in performing on two tracks and to produce the album. Collins, by contrast, asked the multi-talented composer/arranger/musician Troy Miller (Laura Mvula) to be the engineer to mix the album.

Fri 27 September | An Audience with Jonathan Agnew

Jonathan Agnew Image supplied courtesy of Philip Brown Photos
  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 27 September
  • 8.00pm
  • £22 / £20 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins
  • Seated

An Audience with Jonathan Agnew is always full of surprises and fun for cricket fans and non-lovers of the game alike.  A trip down memory lane, recounting tales from a wonderful and entertaining career on the field and in the commentary box, with film footage, audio clips and photographs on our big screen.

An Audience with Jonathan Agnew is always full of surprises and fun for cricket fans and non-lovers of the game alike.  A trip down memory lane, recounting tales from a wonderful and entertaining career on the field and in the commentary box, with film footage, audio clips and photographs on our big screen.

Jonathan Agnew – or “Aggers” as he is known to his many fans – is the BBC’s cricket correspondent and the senior member of the award-winning Test Match Special team.

Jonathan’s distinguished playing career began in 1978 when he made his debut for Leicestershire following impressive performances in club cricket.  He was to stay with the county throughout his playing career before retiring aged 30.

Jonathan began to gain experience as a journalist while still playing cricket, working for BBC Radio Leicester as a sports producer.  Following his retirement he had a brief stint as the cricket correspondent of Today newspaper before joining Test Match Special in 1990.  In April 2011 Jonathan commentated on the Royal Wedding for BBC Radio 4. He has worked at two Olympic Games for the BBC covering archery in 2012 and equestrianism in 2016 .

Jonathan is the author of many best-selling books including 8 Days A Week; Aggers’ Special Delivery; Inside the Box (with Peter Baxter); Ask Bearders (with Bill Frindall); Over To You Aggers; Thanks, Johnners: An Affectionate Tribute to a Broadcast Legend, the Jonathan Agnew’s Cricket Year series. and Aggers’ Ashes. His most recent book, Cricket: A Modern Anthology, was published in 2013.

In what little spare time he has, Aggers loves nothing more than flying light aircraft and walking his dogs through the Leicestershire countryside. He is also proud to be a Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Leicestershire and was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list for services to broadcasting.  

Sun 17 November | Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Sunday 17 November
  • 7.00pm
  • £26 / £24 members and concessions
  • 1 - 2 Hours (Approx)
  • Seated

This offer is limited to:

Individual members: 1 ticket + one accompanying ticket
Joint members: 1 ticket each

Any ticket purchases that do not comply with this will be cancelled and refunded – thanks for your understanding.

Note that this offer is available on a strictly first come, first served basis.

(On 1 Feb we expect a high volume of bookings in a short space of time, so please be advised that we will not be regularly checking the DA answer machine. If telephoning, please do not leave a message requesting tickets.)

About the show

Beethoven: Variations in F Major, Op. 66
Lutosławski: Grave
Barber: Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 6
Rachmaninov: Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 19

Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his sister Isata are among the brightest young stars on the classical scene. This special performance is a rare opportunity to see Sheku and Isata together on stage for a programme of carefully selected pieces for cello and piano.

Isata was the first of the exceptionally talented Kanneh-Mason family to reach the finals of the BBC Young Musician competition in 2014, paving the way for Sheku to eventually win in 2016. Both musicians are already in great demand from major orchestras and concert halls worldwide.  

Sheku became a household name worldwide in May 2018 after performing at the Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle.  His performance was greeted with universal excitement after being watched by nearly two billion people globally.

Isata is a postgraduate student at The Royal Academy of Music, studying piano with Carole Presland, having been awarded the Gwendoline Reich Memorial Scholarship.

She performed with Elton John in Los Angeles in 2013, and was awarded the prestigious Elton John Scholarship for her undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Hamish Milne.

The Steinway Grand Piano has been made available for this performance by The Dorset Musical Instruments Trust.

Not a member? Why not become one to take advantage of this and many other offers at Dorchester Arts.

Fri 27 Mar 2020 | Sam Avery: Toddlergeddon | BRAND NEW SHOW

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 27 March
  • 8.00pm
  • £19 / £17 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins (Approx)
  • Seated

The time is 4.17pm.
No-one is dressed yet.
Civilisation has collapsed.
Law and order has broken down.
The kids are high on sugar.
The adults have lost control.
Every conversation is an argument.
The coffee has run out. A child scribbles on the wall.
Someone spills a drink.
Everyone is shouting.
This is Toddlergeddon.

Join award-winning comedian and bestselling author Sam Avery (AKA The Learner Parent) for an evening of hilarious stand up, brand new for 2020. How do you raise a toddler with more attitude than Kanye West? Can you negotiate effectively with a pre-schooler who knows you’re clueless? And will any of us survive Toddlergeddon?