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.

Fri 4 October | Patience | Opera Anywhere

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 4 October
  • 7.30pm
  • £20 / £18 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins
  • Seated

An approachable and inspired production featuring a cast of fine young singers.

Patience, a light opera, by Gilbert and Sullivan is the duo’s extremely witty, infrequently performed little masterpiece about the Aesthetic Movement of the 1880s, with willowy poets, sighing maidens, hearty milkmaids and burly officers galore. Every tune is memorable, every word worth hearing, and the humour is as fresh as it was at the first performance.

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.

Wed 22 January 2020 | Andreas Scholl with Tamar Halperin | The Twilight People

  • St Mary's Church, Dorchester
  • Wednesday 22 January 2020
  • 8.00pm
  • £30
  • Seated

Andreas Scholl is among the world’s finest countertenors. We are thrilled that St Mary’s Church, Dorchester is one of the venues he has selected for his 2020 tour entitled The Twilight People. He will be accompanied by the equally talented pianist Tamar Halperin in a programme of music that treads a path through a wide literary and musical heritage from the past 100 years.

This fascinating programme includes familiar songs such as Britten’s arrangements of The Ash Groveand Greensleeves, Arvo Pärt’s extraordinarily beautiful Vater Unser, and several songs by Vaughn Williams, including his setting of In The Spring by Dorset’s own William Barnes. There are also some wonderful discoveries and lesser-known works such as Copland’s solo arrangement of the hymn At The River and Beauty Is Life by Joseph Tawadros, which showcases Tamar Halperin’s piano playing as well as Scholl’s sublime voice.  

With repertoire that ranges over five centuries, Dr. Tamar Halperin performs worldwide as a soloist and with various chamber groups. While the focus of her activities is Baroque music, Ms. Halperin is also an enthusiastic performer of classical and contemporary music.