Fri 26 July | Spooky Men’s Chorale | SOLD OUT!

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 26 July
  • 8.00pm
  • £22 / £20 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins
  • Seated

THIS SHOW HAS NOW SOLD OUT.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INCLUDED ON OUR WAITING LIST, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH BOX OFFICE ON 01305 266926.

The Spooky Men wooed us with an outstanding concert at the end of summer 2018 and now they’re back! They are the gift that keeps on giving… as thunderous as a herd of wildebeest, as sly as a wagonload of Spike Milligans and as sonorous as a cloister of monks. They emerged blinking-eyed from the Blue Mountains of NSW fifteen years ago and armed with no more than their impressively cavernous vocal chords, a nice line in deadpan, improbable facial hair and an ill-matched set of hats, have been gleefully impressing audiences throughout Australia, NZ and the UK ever since.

Their 2019 tour includes material from a brand new album, and a winning spectrum of Georgian songs, pindrop-beautiful ballads, highly inappropriate covers, and immaculate man anthems.

You must see them. Really, you must.

‘Inspired – and a triumph of choreography! Catch them on the road – a fantastic night out is guaranteed!’ Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

Sun 28 July | A Summer Sunday with Dillie Keane | SOLD OUT!

  • Whitcombe Manor
  • Sunday 28 July
  • 12 noon
  • £30
  • Seated

THIS SHOW HAS NOW SOLD OUT.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INCLUDED ON OUR WAITING LIST, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH BOX OFFICE ON 01305 266926.

This year we have a real treat for our summer fundraiser at beautiful Whitcombe Manor! 

The outrageously funny, Olivier Award-nominated actress, singer and comedian Dillie Keane is making a special trip to Dorset for one afternoon only to play and sing her repertoire of original songs – from gorgeous songs of love to songs of downright filth. 

Not for the fainthearted!  But very very funny.

Join us for a unique experience in lovely surroundings – as ever, your ticket includes a complimentary glass of bubbly and delicious canapes, creating a perfect summer afternoon of pleasure.

 “Keane, whose piano-playing remains as sprightly and inventive as ever, prompts gales of laughter with merely the raising of a quizzical eyebrow.”  The Times

By the kind invitation of Minette and Alec Walters

Sponsored by The Gallery on the Square

Thur 8 August | The Pirates of Penzance |

  • Nothe Fort
  • Thursday 8 August
  • 7.00pm
  • £16 / £14 / £45 family ticket (4 people, max. 2 adults)
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins
  • Bring a chair

Join us at seaside for the jolliest maritime musical comedy of all time in the wonderful setting of Weymouth’s Nothe Fort.

A swashbuckling farce of brilliant humour and razor-sharp wit, the Pirates of Penzance is complete with brave(ish) pirates, a completely dotty Major-General, his beautiful unwed daughters and a bumbling bunch of hopeless but hilarious policemen.

With such famous songs as I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General, A Policemen’s Lot Is Not A Happy One, and Poor Wand’ring One to name but a few, this is a fantastic family friendly mix of comic characters, witty dialogue, and great tunes. Perfect entertainment for a summer’s evening…

The young singers bring rich tones and harmony to the work along with impressive acting skills…a musical event to remember
Dorset Echo
of The Mikado

Fri 13 September | Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 13 September
  • 8.00pm
  • £13 / £11 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins (approx)
  • Seated

2017 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winners Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente are a vocal/guitar duo like no other.

Calling the Isle of Lewis and Spain home respectively, their music traverses nationalities. Vocals in in Gaelic, Scots and English, their music cover centuries old ballads meet Gaelic puirt a beul, songs from the mines and cotton mills, as well as some original writing.

Josie’s voice, crystal clear. With its slight island twang, equally at home in any of these domains. Accompanied by Pablo’s dynamic, sensitive guitar playing, they illuminate the lyrics. The music at times sparse and haunting, at others driving and all consuming, will leave you stunned.

They are both accomplished musicians in their own right. Josie Duncan a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied with some of the masters of the Scottish and Gaelic traditions. Pablo Lafuente studied guitar and fiddle at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music and has put down cultural roots in Scotland, exploring the tradition to its deepest core.

Sat 14 September | La Boheme (Opera Holloway)

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Saturday 14 Spetember
  • 7.00pm
  • £18 / £16 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins (Approx)
  • Seated

Opera Holloway are delighted to be performing Puccini’s La Boheme, a thrilling and passionate love story, as depicted by one of Opera’s true legends. La Boheme depicts the ever-changing fortunes of the lives of four flatmates, reluctant to leave their student days behind them. Conducted by Lewis Gaston and directed by Fiona Williams, we follow the unfolding love story of Mimi and Rudolfo from its joyous beginnings to the bitter end. Opera Holloway’s production moves the action to a seaside town, on the south coast of England. Four young men are living the youthful dream, yearning for love and not working too hard. Their flat is run down and they’re content to live on take-aways. They complain when they run out of money and have perfected the art of dodging the landlord. Their lives are filled with trips to the pub, late night dancing and girls. 

Until Mimi knocks on the door. Rodolfo opens it, eyes and hands meet and a passionate affair begins. We follow the impoverished lovers as their relationship unfurls on the chilly promenade.  

This contemporary new production of Puccini’s classic tear-jerker, captures the raw, consuming power of young love performed in Opera Holloway’s trademark intimate and immediate style.

Fri 20 September | Beverley Craven | Strings Attached | with special guest Judie Tzuke

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 20 September
  • 8.00pm
  • £27
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins
  • Seated

Beverley Craven makes a welcome return to the Dorchester Arts stage. With two of her favourite musicians and a string quartet ensemble this intimate ‘one-off’ show will feature songs and stories spanning her (almost) 30-year career as a singer/songwriter and performer. Featuring special guest star, Judie Tzuke.

Fresh from the highly acclaimed, sell-out Woman To Woman UK tour with fellow artistes Julia Fordham and Judie Tzuke, This intimate ‘one-off’ show will feature songs and stories spanning her (almost) 30-year career as a singer/songwriter and performer.

The Brit Award winner first shot to fame in 1991 when her debut album, featuring three of her top 20 hits, reached number 3 in the UK charts. A humorous and highly entertaining evening is in store as Beverley bares her soul and music onstage with classic songs such as Holding On, Loves Scenes, Memories and Promise Me. Her witty narrative, unforgettable melodies and poignant sentiments will leave you with a warm glow of nostalgia, or maybe even the odd tear…

Wed 25 September | Quentin Collins Sextet

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Wednesday 25 September
  • 8.00pm
  • £14 / £12 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins (Approx)
  • Seated

As one of the hardest working and in-demand internationally renowned jazz trumpet players, Quentin Collins, has formed an all-star band which is a progression of his quintet with alto sax ace, Tom Harrison. On this tour, Quentin celebrates the release of his new album ‘Road Warrior,’ featuring the star of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, pianist Dan Nimmer. Road Warrior is a musical depiction of life as a touring musician, which all of these artists know too well. Tonight’s group is an all star British lineup;

 

Quentin Collins – Trumpet

Tony Kofi – Alto Saxophone

Leo Richardson – Tenor Saxophone

Steve Hamilton – Piano

Larry Bartley – Bass

Winston Clifford – Drums

 

About the album;

As one of the hardest working and in-demand internationally renowned jazz trumpet players, Quentin Collins, has formed an all-star band which is a progression of his quintet with alto sax ace, Tom Harrison, which gave birth to the Quentin Collins Sextet. Quentin’s overarching ambition was to record an album, consisting of original material, with the joint collaboration of a select all-star US rhythm section and an established UK-based horn section. The end result is a flat-out outstanding collection of contemporary straight-ahead material, equally written by Collins and Harrison. As background, Quentin met in-demand US pianist Dan Nimmer (Wynton Marsalis) while touring with The Kyle Eastwood Band, where Collins has been a regular for 10+ years. Collins was so impressed with Nimmer’s playing that he invited him to be a part of the new project. Nimmer graciously accepted the offer, and suggested that the incredible drummer, Willie Jones III from New York City, joined the line-up. In addition, one of Nimmer’s close friends from high school, NY bassist Joe Sanders, rounded out the most impressive roster. Collins further decided to stretch the front line with young tenor sax sensation, Leo Richardson, whose debut album Quentin produced on the Ubuntu Music record label. By chance, Tom Harrison also went to music college with Richardson, which made the ensemble that much more synchronistic. Road Warrior is a musical depiction of life as a touring musician, which all of these artists know too well. One track in particular, Look Ahead (What Do You See?), is a spiritual journey into the future, written for Collins’ son, asking him to project many years ahead and dream an outcome. To round out the total team, Harrison asked the iconic Jazz Messenger’s legend, sax titan Jean Toussaint, to join the family in performing on two tracks and to produce the album. Collins, by contrast, asked the multi-talented composer/arranger/musician Troy Miller (Laura Mvula) to be the engineer to mix the album.

Thurs 3 October | Magellan – Circumnavigation | We Sail to Prove the Earth is Round

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Thursday 3 October
  • 8.00pm
  • £12 / £10 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins
  • Seated

A folk musical telling the story of love divided by the greatest voyage of exploration the world has seen. Bob Whitley (guitar and mandola) and Lee Cuff (cello) perform in 16th century costumes which will take you back 500 years to a time when at a time when the sailors’ greatest fear was falling over the edge of the earth.

Magellan’s Circumnavigation was the greatest voyage of human exploration, at a time when sailors believed in gigantic sea monsters, demons, boiling seas at the Equator and magnetic rocks that drew the nails out of the timbers. The sailors also believed that the world was flat and feared they would disappear over the edge.

This musical story is set against the background of the voyage and follows an ordinary sailor and his wife mirroring the parallel story of Ferdinand and Beatriz Magellan.

Bob Whitley is a Poole-based songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer who has been delighting audiences across the Dorset folk scene for over 20 years. Playing a wide range of instruments, including guitar, bouzouki and mandola, he writes songs inspired by history, politics and the events of his own life. Throughout his two decades at the heart of the local folk scene, Bob has played at virtually every folk club and festival in Dorset and many in the surrounding area, and has also supported some of the genre’s most beloved artists, including Pete Moreton, Faustus, Nancy Kerr and James Fagin, John Tams and Barry Coope, Jez Lowe and Roy Bailey.

Lee Cuff is a Dorset based cellist and vocalist. He began his musical career as a classically trained string player and chamber singer, later studying string tuition. Stepping beyond the confines of the classical genre, Lee was drawn into the rich and diverse world of folk music. As the lead vocalist of folk trio Kadia he shares fresh and uplifting interpretations of traditional songs and tunes alongside original music.

As a session musician, Lee has recently worked with folk artists such as Ange Hardy, and he is part of a long term collaboration with duo Ninebarrow.

Fri 4 October | Patience | Opera Anywhere

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 4 October
  • 7.30pm
  • £20 / £18 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins
  • Seated

An approachable and inspired production featuring a cast of fine young singers.

Patience, a light opera, by Gilbert and Sullivan is the duo’s extremely witty, infrequently performed little masterpiece about the Aesthetic Movement of the 1880s, with willowy poets, sighing maidens, hearty milkmaids and burly officers galore. Every tune is memorable, every word worth hearing, and the humour is as fresh as it was at the first performance.

Fri 1 November | Seventh Avenue Arts presents: Simon & Garfunkel Through The Years | BRAND NEW SHOW!

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 1 November
  • 8.00pm
  • £18 / £16 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins
  • Seated

Simon & Garfunkel Through The Years returns in 2019 with an all new production. Featuring a full live band, moving video footage and stunning vocal harmonies, this spectacular concert takes audiences on a journey through songs and history of Simon and Garfunkel.

Hear all of the hits such as The Sound of Silence, Mrs Robinson, The Boxer and the iconic Bridge Over Troubled Water as well as hits from Paul Simon’s solo career such as Call Me Al, Kodachrome and 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover in this unmissable show. Don’t miss your chance to see Simon and Garfunkel Through The Years.

One of the greatest tribute shows anywhere in the world” – Stuart Cameron, BBC and ITV Broadcaster