22 October • Nocturne: The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin




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

“It is a great treat and privilege to sit so close to Lucy Parham at the piano and hear this wonderful music. It stimulates the emotions and brings one closer to the composers we play. It is also exciting to give some kind of living presence to these fascinating musical geniuses who lived so long ago”
Dame Harriet Walter


The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin

with pianist Lucy Parham, narrated by Dame Harriet Walter and Guy Paul

Sunday 22 October


8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)

£24 / £22 members & concessions

27 October • Rodney Branigan

Ever seen someone play two guitars at once? Rodney Branigan can play two better than most can play one! US born Rodney relocated to the UK after learning his craft across the pond and has since been stunning audiences around the world with his jaw-dropping guitar skills and delightful song writing ability.

He’s played Glastonbury, he tours the globe, he’s the official face of Yamaha guitars, and he’s opened for Jack Johnson, G Love & The Special Sauce, Billy Sheehan, Show of Hands and Billy Bragg.

‘Impossibly talented’ Music connections USA

‘A living legend’ BBC Cambridge


Rodney will be joined on the night by local support band Sandtimer.  Weymouth based group Sandtimer is a British indie-folkband featuring close vocal harmonies and intricate, Appalachian-infused guitar textures.



Friday 27 October
Music – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£12 / £10 members & concessions

29 October • Martin Alvarado: Tango De Amor

Buenos Aires-born troubadour Martin Alvarado is Argentina’s finest tango vocalist. His mesmerising voice has been enchanting audiences around the world for 14 years performing his acclaimed repertoire of Piazzolla, classic tangos and South American songs, as well as his own songs.

In Tango de Amor he is joined by a phenomenally creative pianist and bandoneon player from Finland, Mikko Helenius, whose cool Scandinavian personna is the perfect foil for Alvarado’s passionate Latino charisma, both bringing some surprises and comedy along the way.

Also on stage will be two of Argentine tango’s most elegant and artistic dancers, Miriam Orcutt and Dante Culcuy, World Tango Championships finalists in 2015. Get set to be transported to the sultry sensual world of Buenos Aires.

‘Totally mesmerising, a tango epiphany.’ Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction presenter



Sunday 29 October

Music / Dance – Corn Exchange

For combined tickets, just book both events and the discount will be applied (but to save on booking fees, you may prefer to book this combination by phone)

2-3pm: Tango lesson with Miriam and Dante: (£8, or combined ticket with the concert and social: £20 / £18 members and concessions)

3-6pm: Tango milonga (social dance) with DJ Michael Cummings (free with ticket for the show) – no booking required

7-9pm: Performance including interval (£14 / £12 members and concessions, or £20 / £18 combined with the lesson and social)


1 November • The Book Of Darkness and Light

Three chilling tales. Two ghostly performers. One thrilling night. Legend has it that many years ago a book of terrifying tales was found. Now, you are invited to discover the secrets of The Book of Darkness & Light… if you dare!

Join The Storyteller and The Musician for an evening of spine-tingling tales and haunting live music. Three ghostly stories to delight and horrify, accompanied by the beautiful sounds of the violin. Be thrilled, chilled and thoroughly entertained by this charming storytelling experience. But, be warned, once the pages of the book are opened, anything could happen.

Wednesday 1 November
THEATRE – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£12 / £10 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5 
(Age guidance 14+)

2 November • Northern Harmony Concert and Workshop

Based in Vermont USA, Northern Harmony’s brilliant young singers have won a worldwide reputation for their remarkable command of harmony singing styles from across the globe: South African songs and dances, traditional music from Corsica, Georgia and the Balkans, American shape-note singing, and renaissance works.

A workshop will precede the concert in which Northern Harmony will teach a selection of South African songs and dances, contemporary American shape-note songs, and songs from Georgia and the Balkans.

Thursday 2 November

JOIN IN – St Peter’s Church

Combined workshop & concert tickets, £18 / £14 – just book both and the discount will be applied

Workshop 6-7pm, tickets £8 / £6 members & concessions

Concert 7.30pm, tickets £12 / £10 members & concessions


8 November • Music At Ashton Barn

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
7.30pm (doors & bar 7pm)
£18 / £16 members & concessions including complimentary drink

22 November • Mike Denham Speakeasy

We are delighted to welcome back pianist Mike Denham for the second of his regular Speakeasy nights for 2017 where he will be joined on stage by renowned banjo and guitar player Tom ‘Spats’ Langham. ‘Spats’ has performed 1920s and ‘30s jazz all over the world, as a soloist and with top bands including The Pasadena Roof Orchestra. His trio Hot Fingers has toured Dorset on several occasions, playing to sell out audiences.

Mike and Spats first performed together on a hotel cruise boat on the River Seine, and since then they’ve created many a memorable musical evening together.



With Tom ‘Spats’ Langham
Wednesday 22 November
JAZZ – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£13 / £11 members & concessions


26 November • Joglaresa – The Enchantress of Seville


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
2.30pm (doors & bar 2pm)
£15 / £13 members & concessions

3 December • Kathleen Ferrier – Whattalife!


Whattalife! is a new one woman play with music. Kathleen Ferrier was one of Britain’s phenomenal women of the 20th Century. Whattalife! tells her story from her debut as a singer in 1940, her meteoric rise and her tragic death in 1953.

Professional actress and contralto, Lucy Stevens has researched and created a unique and totally engaging performance, the text is taken straight from Kathleen’s letters and diaries. Sung music from her repertoire is woven through the text.



Sunday 3 December
THEATRE / Music – Corn Exchange
2.30pm (doors & bar 2pm)
£14 / £12 members & concessions

9 December • Police Dog Hogan

Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic eight-piece, combining fiddle, banjo and mandolin, bass and drums, accordion, trumpet and acoustic guitar. Add in knockout four-part harmonies and it makes for an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking bluegrass. With a line-up that includes banjo player and much-loved columnist for The Guardian, Tim Dowling, their literate and carefully crafted songs veer from the wistful and poetic to flat-out, foot-stomping tales of doomed barbecues, French mustard and condemned Victorian scoundrels.

‘One of our favourite new bands’ The Telegraph

‘Wonderful!’ Radio 2


Saturday 9 December
Music – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£15 / £13 members & concessions