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Stacey Kent ‘I Know I Dream’

Stacey Kent ‘I Know I Dream’

The internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated vocalist, Stacey Kent, returns to Dorchester for a very special show, featuring music from her latest album ‘I Know I Dream’ (Sony Music/Okeh).

This beautiful collection of songs, includes American Standards, Bossa Nova classics, Chansons, as well as original songs and reprises of some of Stacey's most loved repertoire - including numbers co-written by Nobel prizewinner Kazuo Ishiguro, whose songwriting partnership with Stacey has formed an essential plank of her repertoire.

Stacey's international touring schedule keeps her on the road for most of the year, so her return to Dorchester provides a rare opportunity for UK fans see her ‘live’ in concert.

Wednesday 23 May 20188:00pm Book Now


Fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life!

Introducing the world to a new generation of Welsh music, Calan are full of infectious rhythms and high energy routines. They come with accordion, harp, guitar, fiddles and Welsh bagpipes along with a virtuoso performance from a champion step dancer.

Thursday 31 May 20188:00pm Book Now
Tenebrae: Spanish Glories of the 16th Century

Tenebrae: Spanish Glories of the 16th Century

Saturday 2 June


Concert: 7pm (St Mary's Church)

£25 / £23 members & concessions

Following their sell-out debut appearance in Dorchester in summer 2016 we promised to bring Tenebrae back, and are delighted to welcome them to St Mary’s Church with their sublime Spanish Glories… programme.

Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine) and recently nominated for the USA’s top musical honour,  a Grammy Award, Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision.

In this concert they present their BBC Music Magazine award-winning interpretation of Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Requiem Mass for six voices, written in 1603 and published in 1605. This masterpiece is one of a handful of large-scale works which enjoys mainstream appeal in the 21st century. For many, it represents what Renaissance polyphony is, what it sounds and feels like, and how expressive it can be. The programme also features a selection from Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories and Lamentations for Holy Saturday alongside the captivating Versa est in Luctum by his contemporary Alonso Lobo.

As with their last visit, there we will be a workshop in the afternoon (Town Hall, 12 noon – 2pm) – an absolutely unmissable opportunity to work with Nigel Short himself and only costing £5. After this, participants will be able to go to St Mary’s Church where they will have a chance to observe and join the full ensemble in rehearsal for the evening concert.

Saturday 2 Jun 20187:00pm Book Now
Black Water County

Black Water County

The six-piece folk/punk band from Bournemouth have built a reputation as an exciting live act at festivals in recent years, and now the time has come for their own tour. Their energetic live shows, which feature the dual lead vocals of Tim and Shan, are a thing of local legend and awe in here in their native Dorset.

Smashing their way into the UK folk punk scene since 2013, Black Water County bring an energetic live show of stout quaffing, banjo breaking and tin whistle mangling original music, along with trads and shanties that have been given a good kick up the arse and a slap around the face.

Friday 8 Jun 20188:00pm Book Now
The Producers (Blues Music)
Friday 22 Jun 20188:00pm Book Now
Martin J Bartlett NS

Martin J Bartlett NS


Martin James Bartlett wowed us with this superb talent in 2016 at the Corn Exchange.  He returns by popular demand this summer with a new programme.  Having won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014, Bartlett has gone on to perform with orchestras including BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2017 Bartlett was one of the thirty competitors at the finals of the Van Cliburn Competition, held in Fort Worth, Texas. There will be a pre-show performance by solo Cellist Hanna McFarlane.

Thursday 5 Jul 20188:00pm Book Now
Moscow Drug Club
Friday 6 Jul 20188:00pm Book Now
Geno Washington and the Ram Jam band
Saturday 14 Jul 20188:00pm Book Now
Courtney Pine & Omar

Courtney Pine & Omar

An amazing opportunity to catch British jazz legend Courtney Pine up close and personal as he returns to Dorchester, this time in the company of UK soul star Omar.

The Black Notes From The Deep project, where Courtney returns to the tenor saxophone for the first time in a decade, was launched with a sold out concert at London’s Barbican in March 2017 and was followed by a major UK tour dates and an album of the same name.

Multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine CBE is a BBC Jazz Awards and MOBO winner and Mercury Music Prize nominee. Omar, best known for the 1992 hit single There’s Nothing Like This, has a truly unique and instantly recognisable “signature” vocal sound and has collaborated with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Carleen Anderson and Angie Stone.

Don’t miss this very special concert bringing together two of the UK’s finest jazz and soul talents.

“In a Class of His Own” The Times

“Courtney Pine was one hailed as the saviour of British Jazz…he still is” The Independent

“Nothing short of breath-taking” The Telegraph

Friday 20 Jul 20188:00pm Book Now
John Mills & Archaeus Quartet
Sunday 22 Jul 20183:00pm Book Now
Elles Bailey

Elles Bailey

Elles Bailey first stepped onto the stage at Dorchester Arts.  She impressed audiences so much, she now makes a welcome return with her own show. Elles has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge. What’s more fate has blessed her with a ‘smoky vocal’ style that perfectly fits her music.  

Friday 31 Aug 20188:00pm Book Now