28 August • Maumbury Rings Music Day

Back for another year, Maumbury Rings Music Day features bands local and afar of Dorchester, brought to you by Dorchester Town Council this event is free admission, with a licenced bar and plenty food stalls to choose from.

Live music from Blackwater County, The A Listers, Hardy and the Monuments, Outlander, Set Adrift and Diniwe and the Hadedas.

28 August 2017
Maumbury Rings
1.30pm – 10pm
Free

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30 August • Spooky Men’s Chorale

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The Spooky Men’s Chorale 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. The manchoir 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 wooing audiences throughout Australia, NZ and the UK ever since.

Renowned for a combination of Visigothic bravado, absurdist humour and eye-moistening tenderness, the Spookies, in middle age, are more masters of their territory than ever before, with five critically-acclaimed albums under their belt. For their 2017 UK tour, they will revisit their much loved b(l)ack-catalogue, forays into immense Georgian anthems, tender arrangements of traditional and contemporary classics, their own uniquely entertaining songs and choreography.

Their last UK tour saw a large number of sell-out concerts at major venues and a whole raft of ecstatic festival audience reactions. 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

“High camp, epic folly – probably the best programming choice of the entire summer festival circuit’– The Irish Times

“Highly theatrical, they veer from weird to touching and back again. Grown up entertainment in the best, most infantile way. Don’t miss an opportunity to see them” – Daily Telegraph

Wednesday 30 August
Corn Exchange
8pm
£16 / £14 (Members & Concessions)

Priority Booking for this performance is available to members until Wednesday 12 April 2017 at 9:00am

Sold Out

7 September • A Sophisticated Lady: The Songs of Ella Fitzgerald • The Frank Griffith Quartet feat. Tina May

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Celebrating the rich century of song that Ella Fitzgerald has given us, internationally recognised British singer, Tina May, will be presenting her renditions of hand-picked songs from Ella’s varied repertoire including classics such as How High The Moon and Every Time We Say Goodbye. Tina will be accompanied by USA saxophonist and clarinettist Frank Griffith and his quartet (Robin Aspland, piano, Jeremy Brown, bass and Rod Youngs, drums), who came to our attention in last year’s Kind Of Blue – Revisited.

The show will also feature the premiere of Frank’s composition “Ellabration”  with lyrics by Tina May.

Thursday 7 September
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£15/£13 members & concessions

 

8 September • Cosi Fan Tutte (Opera Holloway)


Opera Holloway visit Dorchester with a hilarious production of Così Fan Tutte. Set during World War Two, sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella appear as Landgirls forced to watch their boyfriends go off to war earlier than expected. Through trickery and  plenty of comical disguises, their sweethearts seek to find out how faithful the two girls really are. With sublime music by Mozart and an astonishingly talented cast performing with string quartet and piano accompaniment, this will be a captivating show.


Friday 8 September

Corn Exchange
7.30pm
£18 / £16 (Members & Concessions)

 

 

24 September • Mikado Workshop

Come and join the Opera Anywhere team for their 2 performances of The Mikado on the 30th September and the 1st October!

Opera Anywhere will be running a Mikado masterclass for singers from 11am to 3pm on Sunday 24th September… cost per singer is just £25 and an additional £5 if you need a copy of the Mikado score to be provided.

 

Sunday 24 September
Corn Exchange
11am
£25

 

30 September – 1 October • Mikado (Opera Anywhere)


The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan

Set in Japan, The Mikado presents a tangled web of love. Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado, flees in search of his true love, YumYum, to avoid marrying a much older suitor. Yum-Yum, however, is betrothed to Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, against her will. Things, as you can see, are complicated! But can everything be righted before someone loses their head? Expect high jinx, lots of energy and clever wordplay as all is revealed.

Saturday 30 September, 7.30pm (doors & bar 7pm)
Sunday 1 October, 3pm (doors & bar 2.30pm)
Corn Exchange
£18 / £16 (Members & Concessions) / £5 Live for 5

30 September  7:30pm   

1 October      3pm       

 

5 October • The Wind in the Willows: A Folk Opera

A brand-new musical adaptation by Chris Green of Kenneth Grahame’s well-loved classic aimed at adults and older children. Green Matthews (formerly Blast From The Past) and special guests Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer use music and song to bring this timeless tale to sparkling life. Join Ratty, Mole, Badger and of course the irrepressible Mr Toad as they embark on adventures on the river, on the road and in the dark and dangerous Wild Wood. This folk music performance uses traditional English folk melodies set to new lyrics. The four musicians paint a vivid picture of Grahame’s world – from the humble comfort of Mole End to the grandeur of Toad Hall.

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Thursday 5 October
Music – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£14 / £12 members and concessions

6 October • Dave O’Higgins Quartet

Dave O’Higgins’ saxophone sound is highly personal and recognisable, with a clear sense of melodic development and adventure. He has a wide palette, from Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane and Joe Henderson through to Stanley Turrentine and Michael Brecker. The quartet has been together for five years – Sebastian de Krom (drums), Geoff Gascoyne (bass), and Graham Harvey/Rob Barron (piano). They are a band that is unashamed to swing, drawing on blues and functional harmonies and the great tome of jazz vocabulary.

 

‘O’Higgins plays with quite exceptional fluency and his fund of ideas never runs out.’ The Observer

Friday 6 October
JAZZ – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£14 / £12 members and concessions

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.

‘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

 

 

The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin

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

Sunday 22 October

CLASSICAL MUSIC – Corn Exchange

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

 

 

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