Set in Japan, The Mikado presents a tangled web of love. Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado, flees in search of his true love, YumYum, to avoid marrying a much older suitor. Yum-Yum, however, is betrothed to Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, against her will. Things, as you can see, are complicated! But can everything be righted before someone loses their head? Expect high jinx, lots of energy and clever wordplay as all is revealed.
Saturday 30 September, 7.30pm (doors & bar 7pm) Sunday 1 October, 3pm (doors & bar 2.30pm) Corn Exchange £18 / £16 (Members & Concessions) / £5 Live for 5
A brand-new musical adaptation by Chris Green of Kenneth Grahame’s well-loved classic aimed at adults and older children. Green Matthews (formerly Blast From The Past) and special guests Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer use music and song to bring this timeless tale to sparkling life. Join Ratty, Mole, Badger and of course the irrepressible Mr Toad as they embark on adventures on the river, on the road and in the dark and dangerous Wild Wood. This folk music performance uses traditional English folk melodies set to new lyrics. The four musicians paint a vivid picture of Grahame’s world – from the humble comfort of Mole End to the grandeur of Toad Hall.
Green Matthews Thursday 5 October Music – Corn Exchange 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £14 / £12 members and concessions
The third programme of words and music by Lucy Parham. Scripted and adapted from letters and diaries, Nocturne chronicles the romantic life of one the greatest and most popular composers for solo piano – Frédéric Chopin. The narrative follows his turbulent relationship with the controversial literary figure George Sand, their time together in Majorca, his fragile health and his ultimate demise in poverty in Paris at the age of 39.
The readings are interspersed with some of his most loved and poignant compositions.
In conjunction with Dorchester Literary Festival.
‘Lucy Parham’s trailblazing concerts in which she fuses music and words with the help of some of our most distinguished thespians, have become one of the must-see events on the musical calendar.’ ★★★★★ BBC Music Magazine
The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin
with pianist Lucy Parham, narrated by Dame Harriet Walter and Guy Paul
Violinist Marieke Blankestijn and clarinettist Richard Hosford are joined by friends and colleagues from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in a concert of chamber music masterpieces.
The programme features Dvorak’s glorious G major Quintet for String Quartet and Double Bass and Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Quintet. The fascinating Arcipelago Möbius by the Italian composer Ivan Fedele completes this evening of music in a beautiful rural setting.
A fundraising concert for Dorchester Arts as we work towards our aim of creating a dedicated arts and music venue in The Maltings at Brewery Square.
Wednesday 8 November CLASSICAL MUSIC – Ashton Barn 7.30pm (doors & bar 7pm) £18 / £16 members & concessions including complimentary drink
Peter and Grandad have gone camping for the weekend. Grandad says stick to the campsite but Peter has other ideas..
With new music lovingly inspired by Prokofiev’s classic, this is Peter and the Wolf as you’ve never seen it before. Created live with a variety of instruments and objects, including real musical vegetables, the show will have children ages 4+ jumping for joy.
Goblin are a children’s theatre company known for their innovative use of original music and wild creativity with a dose of anarchy.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
Sunday 12 November
FAMILY CONCERT – Corn Exchange
2pm & 4.30pm (doors & bar ½ hour before each performance)
Following their visit to Dorchester last Christmas, Joglaresa, Belinda Sykes’ groundbreaking medieval music ensemble, return to explore the roots of Iberian song – motets from the Convent of Las Huelgas, Arab-Andalusian ballads and Judeo-Spanish romanzas. With medieval and traditional instruments from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, Joglaresa perform songs kept alive through centuries of tradition – a colourful and timeless kaleidoscope connecting the Occident to the Orient, and the 11th to the 21st century.
Sunday 26 November CLASSICAL MUSIC – Corn Exchange 2.30pm (doors & bar 2pm) £15 / £13 members & concessions
Stef Conner – A Young Person’s Guide to the String Quartet
Fodé Lassana Diabaté – Sunjata‘s Time
Adam Caird and Charlotte Caird – A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas, with narrator Mark Tattersall
A festive musical treat from one of the UK’s leading contemporary string quartets. This wonderful adaptation for strings and narrator of A Child’s Christmas in Wales chronicles Dylan Thomas’s own childhood memories and remains one of his most popular and loved works. Stef Conner’s new piece is inspired by Benjamin Britten’s much-loved work of a similar name. In the extraordinary Sunjata’s Time Malian composer Diabaté magically blends the rich musical heritage of West Africa with the sounds of the western string quartet.
Sunday 17 December CLASSICAL MUSIC / SPOKEN WORD – Corn Exchange 3pm (doors & bar 2.30pm) £16 / £14 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5
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