Sat 23 March 2019 |Clare Teal and her Trio |Swing’s The Thing

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 23 Mar
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £23 / £21
  • 1 Hour 45 Mins

Jazz vocalist and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal and her Trio feature the very best of popular music from the golden age of song in this upbeat and uplifting new show.

The evening will feature standards from the grand masters of the Great American Song Book and witty urbane song stylists of the 50’s & 60’s Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh & Dave Brubeck. There’s always a nod to more contemporary writers and originals too.

Clare and her Trio’s fabulous arrangements interspersed with warm and witty storytelling guarantee a night to be remembered.

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

Sun 24 March | Nick Cope

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 24 Mar
  • 14.30
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 0-8
  • £9 / £7 / £28

Nick Cope’s family performances are legendary: with songs about head lice, dogs eating soap and dragons called Keith “Even the shyest of kids will warm to his unpretentious style.” **** (Fest Magazine)

For close to 10 years Nick has been writing, performing and recording music for children and their families and has established a fanatical army of little people and their parents from all over the world. If you haven’t heard his songs or seen his shows before come and find out what you’re missing.

His five CDs of original songs have become a must have for thousands and thousands of young families all over the world. Nick performs all over the UK at theatres and art centres and at many of the established art, music and literary festivals including the Edinburgh fringe and Book festival. He has just published 3 story books for young children based on his songs and is releasing a new Album this Christmas.

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

Tues 26 March • Northern Harmony (concert and workshop)

  • St Peter's Church
  • Tues 26 March
  • 6.30pm (workshop) 8pm (concert)
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • Workshop: £9/£7 Concert: £13/£11 Combined Ticket: £19/£17

Led by Larry Gordon, Northern Harmony’s 14 brilliant young singers return with another thrilling mix of world harmony traditions including South African songs and dances, traditional polyphony from Georgia, Corsica and the Balkans, American shape-note singing and quartet gospel, as well as renaissance motets. Based in Vermont, they are renowned for their remarkable command of the different singing styles and vocal timbres of these varied traditions.

To book both events and benefit from the combined ticket discount, please add both events to your online booking: the discount will be applied automatically. Any problems, just give us a call…

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

Fri 29 March | Pop Club Birthday Bash

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 29 Mar
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £5

Pop Club is celebrating its 18th birthday and you are invited! Inspired by shows such as Later with Jools Holland and Top Of The Pops, the young people of Pop Club have curated

an evening of musical entertainment featuring multiple stages filled with music of many genres and styles, such as pop, rock, folk, soul and more. Come and be in our studio audience, celebrate with us and help Pop Club to continue working with Dorset’s young people building musical skills and confidence in a safe, fun and exciting environment.

 

Find out more about becoming a member of Pop Club here.

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

Sat 30 Mar | Flanders and Swann: At The Drop of (Another) Hippopotamus

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 30 Mar
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £17 / £15

Comedian Tim FitzHigham and BBC Radio 4 musical maestro Duncan Walsh Atkins return with another selection of songs from those ingenious comedy songsmiths, Michael Flanders and Donald Swann. They have starched their beards and trimmed their dinner jackets, and are ready to bring you an evening of wit and wordplay.

Lifelong fans and the uninitiated alike will delight to see the boys breathe new life into all the classics, The Hippopotamus (Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud), The Gnu, The Gas Man Cometh and many more – plus a few new hidden gems along the way!

By arrangement with the estates of Michael Flanders and Donald Swann.

‘Such energy and relish… caught the period remarkably well… well worth seeing’ The Independent

Having delighted audiences across the globe for the past decade, the Rolls Royce of Flanders and Swann show is now coming to Dorchester!

So join Duncan, Tim and the Hippo for the most sublime Flanders and Swann show since… well, since Flanders and Swann themselves!

By arrangement with the estates of Michael Flanders and Donald Swann.

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

Sun 7 April | Tumlyn Brass Quintet

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  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 7 Apr
  • 15.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £14 / £12

A wonderfully eclectic afternoon programme that will include music by Malcolm Arnold, Thomas Tallis and Holst and Lennon/McCartney. Local actress and poetry recitalist Jan Wyld will read from writers and poets as diverse as Hardye, Carol Ann Duffy, Shakespeare, Roger McGough and Roald Dahl.

The Tumlyn Brass Quintet was formed in 2017 by Dorset- based professional musicians who are passionate about making good music. They perform a wide variety of styles, such as only perhaps a brass quintet allows, drawing on a vast experience of playing with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, D’Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra and Bournemouth Brass.

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

Fri 12 Apr | Hazel O’Connor: Hallelujah Moments

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 12 Apr
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £20 / £18

THIS SHOW IS NOW SOLD OUT!

One of the first major female stars of the 80’s, singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor rose to fame in 1980 starring in the film Breaking Glass . Hazel’s ageless songs include Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother, Monsters in Disguise, Calls The Tune, If Only, Give Me An Inch , Blackman and  Hanging Around.  Accompanied by virtuoso saxophonist Clare Hirst (The Belle Stars, Communards, David Bowie) and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards and vocals, this is a powerful blend of voices and musicianship. Unmissable.

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

SOLD OUT!

Sat 13 Apr | Fever: Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 13 Apr
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £14 / £12

Peggy Lee was one of the great figures of jazz and American popular song, with a career spanning six decades. Sinatra called her ‘regal’; Duke Ellington called her ‘the queen’. She wrote and sang for Disney’s Lady And The Tramp and had a string of hits stretching from her early days with Benny Goodman until the 1990s.

In this wonderful show, jazz vocalist Jo Harrop pays tribute to the sultriest songstress of all, delivering moving renditions of classics such as Fever, Why Don’t You Do Right and The Folks Who Live On The Hill. Featuring Alex Webb on piano, Henry Gilbert on bass, Joel Prime on drums and special guest Tony Kofi on alto sax.

“This girl was born to sing jazz!” Blues & Soul magazine

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

Wed 17 April | The Nash Ensemble

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 17 Apr
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £22 / £20

Richard Hosford (clarinet)
Adrian Brendel (cello)
Ian Brown (piano)

Trio No 4 in B flat for clarinet, cello and piano, ‘Gassenhauer’ Op 11 – Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata for cello and piano in D minor – Claude Debussy
5 Bagatelles for clarinet and piano Op 23 – Gerald Finzi

Trio for clarinet, cello and piano in A minor Op 114 – Johannes Brahms

The Nash Ensemble has won numerous accolades including The Edinburgh Festival Critics award and two Royal Philharmonic Society awards in the chamber music category. This concert brings together Richard Hosford, Principal Clarinet with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Brendel, one of the most versatile and original cellists of his generation, and Ian Brown, a musician of great versatility whose career embraces chamber music, solo and duo playing and conducting.

“Is there a better-equipped, more polished, stylish, or characterful chamber music group than the Nash Ensemble anywhere on the planet?” Herald Scotland

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

Wed 24 Apr | Wyvern: Words Take Wing

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 24 Apr
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £13 / £11

This original folk-drama draws on the notebooks of writer Thomas Hardy.  In a private journal he recorded reports and anecdotes from local papers and magazines such as the Dorset County Chronicle that amused or interested him.  They tell of 19th century lives and dreams, hopes and dispair, love and laughter.

Musicians and actors of the group Wyvern have traced snippets and jottings that Hardy wove into his poems and novels, where the words have ‘taken wing’ from dry prose to rich imaginative literature. These extraordinary stories, always observant and often quirky are brought to life through carefully chosen extracts, lively music and dramatic readings.

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