Sun 22 July • John Mills with The Archaeus String Quartet

Dorchester Arts’ favourite John Mills returns with the Archaeus String Quartet to play Vivaldi, Cherubini, Ravel and Argentinian guitar masters.

 John is the only remaining pupil of one of the greatest guitar plays of the 20th century, Segovia, to be performing in public. For many he is “the guitarists’ guitarist”.

 The Archaeus quartet have a 27 year history of appearing at prestige venues such as the Wigmore hall and Purcell Room, and recording  the music of interesting, yet often neglected composers such as Leonard Salzedo,York Bowen, Cyril Scott, and Ethel Smyth.

 If you like the Four Seasons you will love the glorious Vivaldi concerto being played in this concert, and the cheering tunefulness of the Guitar Quintet by Boccherini. And all this comes with the contrasting adventurous elegance of Ravel and the rich rhythms  of the Argentinian guitar masters De Gese, Crespo, and Morel.


Sunday 22 July
3pm (doors 2.30pm)
£14 / £12 members & concessions


Fri 14 Sept | I Capuleti e I Montecchi: Bellini’s tragic Romeo and Juliet

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 14 Sept
  • 19.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £19 / £17 / £5
  • 1 Hour 45 Mins

Be thrilled by this passionate interpretation of a classic love story, Romeo and Juliet. Following their successful visit to Dorchester last September with its 1940s’ inspired Cosi Fan Tutte, Opera Holloway return with a fresh new contemporary take on one of the most famous love stories of all times, as depicted by one of Opera’s true legends, Bellini.

 Director Fiona Williams moves the action to 1950’s Naples; the stifling heat fans the flames of a budding romance. In this poor neighbourhood, controlled by the mafia, Romeo and Giulietta fight to unite their families and keep their relationship alive.

 Performing alongside piano and string ensemble and conducted by Lewis Gaston, this show will star Sophie Dicks as Romeo and Callie Gaston as Giulietta. 

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926