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Mikado (Opera Anywhere)

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 Sep 20177:30pm Book Now
Sunday 1 Oct 20173:00pm Book Now
The Wind In The Willows

The Wind In The Willows

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.

Thursday 5 Oct 20178:00pm Book Now
Dave O'Higgins Quartet

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.

Friday 6 Oct 20178:00pm Book Now
Nocturne (Lucy Parham)

Nocturne (Lucy Parham)

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.

Sunday 22 Oct 20178:00pm Book Now
Rodney Branigan 2017

Rodney Branigan 2017

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.

Friday 27 Oct 20178:00pm Book Now
Martin Alvarado: Tango De Amor

Martin Alvarado: Tango De Amor

Buenos Aires-born troubadour Martin Alvarado is Argentina’s finest tango vocalist. His mesmerising voice has been enchanting audiences around the world for 14 years performing his acclaimed repertoire of Piazzolla, classic tangos and South American songs, as well as his own songs.


In Tango de Amor he is joined by a phenomenally creative pianist and bandoneon player from Finland, Mikko Helenius, whose cool Scandinavian personna is the perfect foil for Alvarado’s passionate Latino charisma, both bringing some surprises and comedy along the way.


Also on stage will be two of Argentine tango’s most elegant and artistic dancers, Miriam Orcutt and Dante Culcuy, World Tango Championships finalists in 2015. Get set to be transported to the sultry sensual world of Buenos Aires.

Sunday 29 Oct 20177:00pm Book Now
Northern Harmony

Northern Harmony

Based in Vermont USA, Northern Harmony’s brilliant young singers have won a worldwide reputation for their remarkable command of harmony singing styles from across the globe: South African songs and dances, traditional music from Corsica, Georgia and the Balkans, American shape-note singing, and renaissance works.


A workshop will precede the concert in which Northern Harmony will teach a selection of South African songs and dances, contemporary American shape-note songs, and songs from Georgia and the Balkans.

Thursday 2 Nov 20177:30pm Book Now
Music At Ashton Barn

Music At Ashton Barn

Violinist Marieke Blankestijn and clarinettist Richard Hosford are joined by friends and colleagues from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in a concert of chamber music masterpieces.


The programme features Dvorak’s glorious G major Quintet for String Quartet and Double Bass and Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Quintet. The fascinating Arcipelago Möbius by the Italian composer Ivan Fedele completes this evening of music in a beautiful rural setting.

A fundraising concert for Dorchester Arts as we work towards our aim of creating a dedicated arts and music venue in The Maltings at Brewery Square.

Wednesday 8 Nov 20177:30pm Book Now
Mike Denham & Spats Langham

Mike Denham & Spats Langham

We are delighted to welcome back pianist Mike Denham  for the second of his regular Speakeasy nights for 2017 where he will be joined on stage by renowned banjo and guitar player Tom ‘Spats’ Langham. ‘Spats’ has performed 1920s and ‘30s jazz all over the world, as a soloist and with top bands including The Pasadena Roof Orchestra.  His trio Hot Fingers has toured Dorset on several occasions, playing to sell out audiences.


Mike and Spats first performed together on a hotel cruise boat on the River Seine, and since then they’ve created many a memorable musical evening together.

Wednesday 22 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now
The Enchantress of Seville

The Enchantress of Seville

Following their visit to Dorchester last Christmas, Joglaresa, Belinda Sykes’ groundbreaking medieval music ensemble, return to explore the roots of Iberian song - motets from the Convent of Las Huelgas, Arab-Andalusian ballads and Judeo-Spanish romanzas. With medieval and traditional instruments from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, Joglaresa perform songs kept alive through centuries of tradition - a colourful and timeless kaleidoscope connecting the Occident to the Orient, and the 11th to the 21st century.

Sunday 26 Nov 20172:30pm Book Now
Police Dog Hogan

Police Dog Hogan

Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic eight-piece, combining fiddle, banjo and mandolin, bass and drums, accordion, trumpet and acoustic guitar.  Add in knockout four-part harmonies and it makes for an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking bluegrass. With a line-up that includes banjo player and much-loved columnist for The Guardian, Tim Dowling, their literate and carefully crafted songs veer from the wistful and poetic to flat-out, foot-stomping tales of doomed barbecues, French mustard and condemned Victorian scoundrels.

Saturday 9 Dec 20178:00pm Book Now
Ligeti Quartet: A Child's Christmas in Wales

Ligeti Quartet: A Child's Christmas in Wales

Stef Conner - A Young Person’s Guide to the String Quartet


Fodé Lassana Diabaté - Sunjata‘s Time


Adam Caird and Charlotte Caird - A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas, with narrator Mark Tattersall


A festive musical treat from one of the UK’s leading contemporary string quartets. This wonderful adaptation for strings and narrator of A Child’s Christmas in Wales chronicles Dylan Thomas’s own childhood memories and remains one of his most popular and loved works. Stef Conner’s new piece is inspired by Benjamin Britten’s much-loved work of a similar name. In the extraordinary Sunjata’s Time Malian composer Diabaté magically blends the rich musical heritage of West Africa with the sounds of the western string quartet.  

Sunday 17 Dec 20173:00pm Book Now