Fri 26 October | Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 26 October
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £13 / £11 / £5
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins

A chance meeting at their local Black Fen Folk Club in Cambridge uncovered Hannah and Ben’s shared musical passions and sympathies, that over time has developed into a unique and intimate show of American roots and English folk music.

Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage are a folk duo that look and sound classically timeless, yet feel refreshingly unique.

Fleetingly, they may evoke a memory of Gram and Emmylou, Shirley and Davey, or Gillian and David but their warm distilling of influences from both sides of the Atlantic produces a refined sound that is decidedly their own.

Their unique unplugged presentation creates a widescreen, cinematic soundscape with open spaces and atmosphere, giving their beautifully pure vocals room to share the songs’ emotion and narrative.

The material is as joyful and fun as it is intense, but the common factor is the duo’s warmth and confidence in each other; their natural ease and connection is clearly evident on the recorded music, and a genuine pleasure to witness on stage.

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

Sat 27 October • Graffiti Classics

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 27 Oct
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £14 / £12 / £5

16 strings, 8 dancing feet and 4 voices with 1 aim: to make classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating for everyone, young and old. Graffiti Classics burst the elitist boundaries of the traditional string quartet with their hilarious all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy show.

 

It’s a classical concert, a gypsy-folk romp, an opera, a stand-up comedy set and a brilliant dance show all rolled into one! From Beethoven to Bluegrass, Bach to Brahms, Strauss to Saturday Night Fever, Offenbach to Elvis, there really is something for everyone and Graffiti Classics never fail to get audiences laughing, clapping and singing along. Kids and adults alike love the uplifting and virtuosic variety of musical styles, all tied together with cheeky audience interaction.

 

Graffiti Classics were formed by a group of young graduates from London’s top musical conservatoires, including the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Music, who met whilst street performing in London’s Covent Garden. They decided that classical music should be made fun and inclusive for everyone through interaction and comedy, creating a unique and world-class jaw-dropping comedy show.

 

 

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

Fri 2 November | Cloudbusting: 40 Years of Kate Bush

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 2 Nov
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £15 / £13
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins (inc. interval)

It’s 40 years since The Kick Inside announced to the world the genius of Kate Bush. Who better to celebrate this musical landmark than five-piece band Cloudbusting? Performing the music of Kate Bush with authenticity and passion they put on a superb show at the Corn Exchange in 2017 and return this autumn with a brand new show, 40 Years of Kate Bush.

A celebration of The Kick Inside, the show includes Wuthering Heights, The Saxophone Song and The Man with the Child in his Eyes, plus a vibrant choice of classics that could leave no Kate Bush fan disappointed.

Please note this is a seated event.

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

Wed 7 November • The Men Who Marched Away – Songs of the Great War • GreenMatthews

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 7 Nov
  • 20:00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £12 / £10 / £5 (live for 5)
  • 2 hrs (inc. interval)

Created to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Great War, musicians Chris Green and Sophie Matthews use music and song to tell the story of ‘The War to End All Wars’. A scintillating mixture of soldiers’ songs, music hall numbers, war poems set to new music and original compositions. Featuring a host of wartime standards such as Pack Up Your Troubles, Tipperary and Goodbyeee as well as brand-new musical settings of poems by lesser-known war poets such as May Wedderburn Cannan and C. Fox-Smith.

“Haunting and eclectic… a great memento” English Dance and Song

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

Sun 18 November | Lucy Parham | Rêverie, The Life and Loves of Claude Debussy

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 18 Nov
  • 19.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £24 / £22
  • 1 Hour 50 Mins

“One of the must-see events on the musical calendar” BBC Music Magazine

Last year Lucy Parham brought us the extraordinary Nocturne, narrated by Dame Harriet Walter and Guy Paul. She returns with another brilliant narrator, Henry Goodman, in Rêverie, The Lives and Loves of Claude Debussy – a fitting programme for the centenary year of the composer’s death. 

Rêverie evokes Debussy’s complex emotional life through a personal and revealing journal, illuminated by a sequence of his most famous and atmospheric solo piano works.

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

Wed 21 Nov•Mike Denham SpeakEasy with Michael McQuaid

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 21 Nov
  • 20:00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £14 / £12

We are delighted to welcome back pianist Mike Denham for the second of his regular SpeakEasy nights for 2018. Mike’s guest this time around is the excellent Australian musician Michael McQuaid.  Michael has toured the world as a featured artist and bandleader, and has established an international reputation.  A mere youngster (in his 30s!) he plays 1920s/30s jazz and swing with remarkable energy and originality. 

 

McQuaid is a multi-instrumentalist, regularly performing on clarinet, saxophones, trumpet and even occasionally piano.

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

Thur 22 November | Dorchester Piano Quartet | Mozart

  • Corn Exchange
  • Thur 22 Nov
  • 13.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • Free (donations welcome)

Jennifer Curiel (violin), Pasha Willis (viola), Sally Flann

(cello), Peter Oakes (piano)

Programme:

Mozart Violin Sonata in E minor, K304

Mozart Piano Quartet in E flat, K493

 

This popular quartet returns for the third of their regular visits to Dorchester Arts. Mozart’s minor-key works have a very special emotional depth, and this poignant violin sonata is no exception. The piano quartet reveals a different, but equally well-known Mozart, with mellow humour and geniality, and Mozart’s inevitable melodic abundance.

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

Sat 24 & Sun 25 November | HMS Pinafore | Opera Anywhere

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 24 & Sun 25 Nov
  • Sat 24 19.30 / Sun 25 15:00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £20 / £18 / £5

Following last year’s marvelous performance of The Mikado, Opera Anywhere return with another Gilbert and Sullivan classic HMS Pinafore as part of their annual Gilbert and Sullivan Festival on Tour. 

This is a tale of mismatched love across different social classes. Climb aboard to find out if love prevails and enjoy a feast of fun along the way. Hip hip hooray!

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

Fri 30 Nov • King for a Day: The Nat King Cole Story (Featuring Atila)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 30 Nov
  • 20:00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £18 / £16

King for a Day, is the brand new concert from acclaimed jazz vocalist, Atila, celebrating one of the defining voices of the Twentieth Century: Nat ‘King’ Cole. Featuring world-class live music from Atila and his stellar group of musicians, alongside narration and projected archive images and footage, this is a unique concert celebrating his incredible career.

This thoughtful and entertaining new show takes a fresh look at the life and work of the timeless Nat King Cole – whose vocal styling in songs such as Nature BoyUnforgettable and When I Fall in Love defined a golden era of music and earned him a place in the history of American music as one of the most iconic vocalists of all time.  

Following sell out shows at London’s Hippodrome and Ronnie Scott’s, and featuring many of Nat King Cole’s most celebrated songs, alongside stylish reworkings of his lesser-known gems, this is a unique evening of music celebrating one of music’s all-time greats

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

Fri 7 December • Mad Dog Mcrea

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 7 Dec
  • 20.00
  • Standing
  • Suitability: All
  • £16 / £14 / £5

Mad Dog Mcrea return to shake the Corn Exchange with their unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies, Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. 

The gig will also feature songs from their most recent album, Almost Home, produced by Sean Lakeman and fuelled with all the essential Mad Dog energy and antics. A perfect start to the Christmas party season! 

‘Rowdy, heartfelt, room shaking and spirit-stirring music that only the dead can’t enjoy.’ ltdstate.com

Please Note: Standing performance

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