Sun 29 April • Bach Before Leipzig • Elicia Silverstein & Christopher Bucknall

Bach Before Leipzig
Elicia Silverstein and Christopher Bucknall

Two rising stars on the European early music scene, Italian-based American violinist Elicia Silverstein and British harpsichordist and conductor Christopher Bucknall, team up to present a recital of some of Bach’s most varied, nuanced and fascinating instrumental music. The works on the programme, which range from intimate and conversational to dramatic and toccata-like, from dance music to intense counterpoint, were all composed during Bach’s time in Weimar and Cöthen, prior to his famed stay in Leipzig.

Sunday 29 April
Dorchester Corn Exchange
3pm (doors & bar 2.30pm)
£15 / £13 members & concessions / £5 live for 5

Sat 2 June • Tenebrae: Spanish Glories of the 16th Century

Following their sell-out debut appearance in Dorchester in summer 2016 we promised to bring Tenebrae back, and are delighted to welcome them to St Mary’s Church with their sublime Spanish Glories… programme.

Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine) and recently nominated for the USA’s top musical honour,  a Grammy Award, Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision.

In this concert they present their BBC Music Magazine award-winning interpretation of Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Requiem Mass for six voices, written in 1603 and published in 1605. This masterpiece is one of a handful of large-scale works which enjoys mainstream appeal in the 21st century. For many, it represents what Renaissance polyphony is, what it sounds and feels like, and how expressive it can be. The programme also features a selection from Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories and Lamentations for Holy Saturday alongside the captivating Versa est in Luctum by his contemporary Alonso Lobo.

As with their last visit, there we will be a workshop in the afternoon (Town Hall, 12 noon – 2pm) – an absolutely unmissable opportunity to work with Nigel Short himself and only costing £5. After this, participants will be able to go to St Mary’s Church where they will have a chance to observe and join the full ensemble in rehearsal for the evening concert.

Sepulto Domino, from Victoria's Tenebrae Responsories – sung b…

The beautiful sound of Victoria's Tenebrae Responsories, sung by Tenebrae Choir, conducted by Nigel Short.Hear them at St John’s Smith Square's incredible Holy Week Festival 2017. More here:

Publié par Classic FM sur vendredi 7 avril 2017


Saturday 2 June
Concert: 7pm (St Mary’s Church)
£25 / £23 members & concessions 



Workshop: 12pm-2pm (Town Hall)



Thurs 5 July • Martin James Bartlett


Martin James Bartlett wowed us with this superb talent in 2016 at the Corn Exchange. He returns by popular demand this spring with a new programme including works by Bach, Schuman, Chopin and Beethoven. Having won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014, Bartlett has gone on to perform with major orchestras in the UK and Europe and in 2017 was a finalist at the prestigious Van Cliburn Competition in the USA.

The concert will open with a short performance by Hannah McFarlane, a tremendously talented young cellist from Dorchester.


‘The wit and colour in pianist Martin James Bartlett’s playing was thrilling.’ The Times


J.S. Bach: Keyboard Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV.826

R. Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15

Chopin: Selected works

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109

Wednesday 14 March
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£15 / £13 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5