Wed 23 May • Stacey Kent • I Know I Dream

The internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated vocalist, Stacey Kent, returns to Dorchester for a very special show, featuring music from her latest album ‘I Know I Dream’ (Sony Music/Okeh).

This beautiful collection of songs, includes American Standards, Bossa Nova classics, Chansons, as well as original songs and reprises of some of Stacey’s most loved repertoire – including numbers co-written by Nobel prizewinner Kazuo Ishiguro, whose songwriting partnership with Stacey has formed an essential plank of her repertoire.


Stacey’s international touring schedule keeps her on the road for most of the year, so her return to Dorchester provides a rare opportunity for UK fans see her ‘live’ in concert.

Wednesday 23 May
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£23 / £21 members & concessions

Thurs 24 May • Call Mr Robeson: A Life, with songs

Paul Robeson: world-famous American actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When he gets too radical and outspoken for the establishment’s liking, he is branded a traitor to his country, is harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel.

This roller-coaster journey in words and music through Robeson’s remarkable life highlights how his pioneering and heroic political activism led many to describe him as the forerunner of the civil rights movement. It features some famous songs (including a dramatic rendition of Ol’ Man River), speeches, and a spectacularly defiant testimony to the Senate House Un-American Activities Committee.

Show length: 80 minutes (no interval)

Ahead of his performance at Dorchester Arts, Nigerian-born Tayo Aluko will be presenting a talk about this Paul Robeson-inspired play, ‘Call Mr Robeson’ at Shire Hall on Wednesday 23 May.

If you buy combined talk and Call Mr Robeson play tickets you will receive a £1 discount on your purchase.

Corn Exchange
Thursday 24 May
£13 / £11 Members and concessions
Live for £5


Thurs 31 May • Calan

Fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life

Introducing a new generation to Welsh music, Calan are bringing their infectious rhythms and high energy routines to celebrate the release of their latest album, Solomon.

They come with accordion, harp, guitar, fiddles and Welsh bagpipes along with a virtuoso performance from a champion step dancer.

A fresh and vibrant sound with a pounding beat set against the backdrop of old traditions. Songs include the legend of Wales’ very own fairy realm with a tale of magic, myth and mischief along with some of the most beautiful and haunting melodies.

‘…..a diverse ride between giddy Welsh reeling, healthy acoustic folk-pop with upfront attitude and brashness of youth.”  (FROOTS)

“…there’s nowt as dear as folk – especially when played with the grace, daring and sheer joy this multi- instrumental five-piece bring to a winning selection of reels, jigs and hornpipes” (THE MIRROR)

“Folk just got a kick up of the Noughties… ..stunning use of instrumentation, gorgeously crafted songs, sprightly foot-tappers, verve and raw excitement” (BELFAST TELEGRAPH)

Thursday 31 May
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£16 / £14 members & concessions

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

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.

This concert features their BBC Music Magazine award-winning interpretation of Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Requiem Mass for six voices, 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 the epitome of Renaissance polyphony. 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.

Tenebrae Workshop

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 at a very accessible price of £5. After the workshop, participants can observe the full ensemble in rehearsal for the evening concert in St Mary’s Church.

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



Workshop: 12pm-2pm (Town Hall)



Sat 2 June • Tenebrae: Workshop

In connection with the Spanish Glories… concert the same evening, this is a tremendous opportunity (at a very accessible price) to work with Tenebrae’s Artistic Director, Nigel Short. Following the workshop in the Town Hall participants are also able to move to St Mary’s Church where they will have a chance to observe the full ensemble in rehearsal for the evening concert.

Saturday 2 June
Workshop: 12pm-2pm (Town Hall)


Fri 8 June • Black Water County

This six-piece folk/punk band from Bournemouth have built a reputation as an exciting live act at festivals in recent years, and now the time has come for their own tour. Their energetic live shows, which feature the dual lead vocals of Tim and Shan, are a thing of local legend and awe here in their home county of Dorset.

Smashing their way into the UK folk punk scene since 2013, Black Water County bring an energetic live show of stout quaffing, banjo breaking and tin whistle mangling original music, along with trads and shanties that have been given a good kick up the arse and a slap around the face.

‘High octane performance style and strong influences from Flogging Molly, The Rumjacks, The Dreadnoughts, The Pogues and the Levellers what is there to not like about Blackwater County?’ (

‘A strong dual vocal, multi-instrumentation and an almost swashbuckling attitude to stage presence.’ (

Singer Tim Harris met guitarist Brad Hutchings-Clarke through a shared love of all things folk and punk, and with the addition of Andy L Smooth on drums, Gavin Coles on banjo and Shan Byrom on tin whistle, Black Water County was born, later completed with Russ Scagell on fiddle.

After five busy years of relentless performing and two EP releases, Black Water County have earned their place on the gig circuit, having played on the same bills as bands such as Less Than Jake, The Rumjacks and The Dreadnoughts. Multiple festivals slots at the likes of Boomtown Fair and Camp Bestival have moulded BWC into an intense, entertaining unit.

Friday 8 June
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£12/£10 members & concessions

Please note this event is standing only



Sat 16 June • Sing Gregorian Chant workshop

Sing Gregorian Chant workshop: Put Out Into The Deep – Chant for St Peter, Apostle and Fisherman

John Rowlands Pritchard

This workshop is a chance to experience Gregorian chant in a friendly context. The course is open to all: women and men, singers and non-singers. Beginners are encouraged to join, together with experienced singers. The work will be structured around the traditional Benedictine monastic hour services recited mainly in English.

The day will conclude with an informal performance of a sequence of chant with readings, followed by Compline. Come along and join in an entertaining, friendly, informative and enjoyable experience.

JOIN IN – St Peter’s Church
Saturday 16 June
10am – 5pm
£15, to include refreshments


Fri 22 June • The Producers

Over more than 25 years and thirteen albums the Producers have gigged their version of the blues round the clubs, theatres and festival of the world and have become firm favourites in Dorchester.

 The band are really something special and have retained their freshness and originality through their various changes of line-up. Not content with playing predictable covers and ‘hand-me-down’ American music, their sets effortlessly combine original songs and seriously reinvigorated classics stamped with their own characteristic identity.

The Producers
Friday 22 June

BLUES MUSIC – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£14 / £12 members & concessions


Thurs 5 July • Martin James Bartlett

Rescheduled from March

Martin James Bartlett impressed us with this superb musicianship 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

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


Fri 6 July • Moscow Drug Club

Moscow Drug Club inhabit a curious and wonderful musical place where 1930s’ Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, and where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an after-hours jam with the local Tziganes. Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen & Bertolt Brecht, they provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience. You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with us as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club…this way please & mind the stairs!


Moscow Drug Club
Friday 6 July
MUSIC – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£13 / £11 / £5 Live for 5