Sat 8 Jun | Frank Griffith & Tina May: Jazz Meets Broadway

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Saturday 8 June
  • 8.00pm
  • £15 / £13 members and concessions
  • 2 Hours (approx)
  • Seated

The songs of the Broadway and West End stage have historically provided a rich trove of repertoire for jazz artists. The Frank Griffith Quartet (Frank Griffith – sax and clarinet, Robin Aspland – piano, Jeremy Brown- bass, Rod Youngs- drums) along with singers Tina May and Michael Roberts will present an evening of gems from Guys and Dolls and West Side Story as well as Sondheim’s song Here’s to the Ladies Who Lunch. There will also be a premiere of Frank and Tina’s new song, Lucky Lady.

Vocalist, Tina May, was the first winner of the Worshipful Company of Musicians Young Jazz Artist Award and has fifteen CDs to her name. Tina recorded “Sings the Ray Bryant Songbook” in 2002 featuring her lyrics to the legendary pianist’s tunes. She has appeared with Stan Tracey at St Paul’s Cathedral performing Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts.

Vocalist, Michael Roberts has appeared with the likes of Frank Sinatra Jr, Sir John Dankworth, Imelda May and Supergrass.

American saxist and clarinetist, Frank Griffith, has been resident in the UK since 1996 and his Nonet appeared regularly at the Ealing Jazz Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Pizza Express and Ronnie Scotts. He curated and led the Festival Tentet for the Billy Strayhorn Centenary Concert at Cadogan Hall as the part of the 2015 London Jazz Festival. Frank has also played with and/or arranged for Sir John Dankworth, Dame Cleo Lane, Kenny Wheeler, Mel Torme, Ron Carterand Lionel Hampton.

Sun 9 June | Albert Lee and his band: In Concert

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Sunday 9 June
  • 8.00pm
  • £25 / £23 members and concessions
  • 2 Hours (approx)
  • Seated

Double Grammy Award Winner Albert Lee is a legend of rock and roll, country and blues. Co-writer of Country Boy and a member of The Everly Brothers, Emmylou Harris’s Hotband and Bill Wymans’ Rhythm Kings, he has had a lifetime of playing with some of music’s greatest legends including Glen Campbell, Dave Edmunds, Dolly Parton, Bobby Bare, Joan Armatrading, Ricky Scaggs, Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, The Blue Caps, Robert Wells and Earl Scruggs.  He also toured with his own band, Hogan’s Heroes for many years.

Fri 21 June | Carismático Tango Band

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 21 June
  • 8.00pm
  • £14 / £12 members and concessions
  • 2 Hours (approx)
  • Seated

Enjoy a night of Latin American musical virtuosity, passion and dance. A new ensemble of professional musicians led by virtuoso accordionist Karen Street featuring the brilliant, emotionally charged compositions of Argentinian composer Saúl Cosentino alongside music by his mentor Astor Piazzolla and Karen’s own creative and nuanced compositions. Featuring Karen Street on Accordion, Jonathon Taylor on piano, Andy Tweed on saxophones, Dave Manington on bass and Rob Millett on percussion.

Tango is a dance and music style born in the slums of Buenos Argentina in the 1880’s. From its beginnings as a highly improvised dance form it became an international dance craze at the start of the 20th Century. The music also evolved along many different paths. Carismático’s focus is is Tango Nuevo, a style created by Astor Piazzolla who wished to compose for the concert platform rather than the dance hall.

Sat 22 June | Cara Dillon | Wanderer Tour

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Saturday 22 June
  • 8.00pm
  • £22 / £20 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins
  • Seated

This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences for over 20 years. According to Mojo magazine she has “Quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice”. Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will be performing material from her new album “Wanderer” which is a collection of beautiful and moving songs recorded in an intimate setting with her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. Every note and word sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs. Legions of fans will attest to their impassioned performances with Cara’s warm and natural stage presence something to savour.

Thur 4 July | Dorchester Piano Quartet

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Thursday 4 July
  • 11.30am
  • FREE (donations welcome)
  • 1 Hour approx.
  • Seated

de Falla – Suite of Spanish Folksongs for violin and piano

Dvorak – Piano Quartet in D major

Manuel de Falla’s Spanish Folksongs (1914) proved so popular that they were arranged for a number of different instruments. In this version, the violin imitates the voice of the original and also the style and techniques of a Spanish guitar. 

Folksong, especially Slavonic-style melody, influenced Dvorak’s piano quartet. Dvorak wrote it at a time when composing came easily to him – the result is a fluent and sunny work.

Fri 5 July | Alistair McGowan | Introductions to Classical Piano

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 5 July
  • 8.00pm
  • £17 / £15 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins
  • Seated

Alistair McGowan is a hugely popular impressionist, stand-up comedian, actor, writer…and latterly, pianist. 

After the success of ‘The Piano Album’ (Sony Classical) Alistair is on tour with this tremendous show bringing together all his  talents. The evening will feature classical piano pieces from his album, alongside short pieces by composers as varied as Philip Glass, Chopin, Grieg, Debussy, John Field and Bill Evans. Join Alistair as he talks a little about the history of each piece, each  composer  and  the problems and benefits of starting to learn the piano at the age of 49. 

Expect a lot of beautiful  music  (with  the  odd  mistake!) and  more than a  sprinkling  of  his  trademark  impressions. 

Photo credit: Christopher  Dunlop

Fri 26 July | Spooky Men’s Chorale

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

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

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

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)

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.