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Clare Teal and Trio

Clare Teal and Trio

Jazz vocalist and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal and her Trio feature the very best of popular music from the golden age of song in this upbeat and uplifting new show.


The evening will feature standards from the grand masters of the Great American Song Book and witty urbane song stylists of the 50’s & 60’s Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh & Dave Brubeck. There's always a nod to more contemporary writers and originals too.


Clare and her Trio's fabulous arrangements interspersed with warm and witty storytelling guarantee a night to be remembered.


Saturday 23 Mar 20198:00pm Book Now (Few Seats Remaining)
Northern Harmony '19

Northern Harmony '19

Led by Larry Gordon, Northern Harmony’s 14 brilliant young singers return with another thrilling mix of world harmony traditions including South African songs and dances, traditional polyphony from Georgia, Corsica and the Balkans, American shape-note singing and quartet gospel, as well as renaissance motets. Based in Vermont, they are renowed for their remarkable command of the different singing styles and vocal timbres of these varied traditions.


Book a Northern Harmony workshop ticket and save £3.

Tuesday 26 Mar 20198:00pm Book Now
Tumlyn Brass Quintet

Tumlyn Brass Quintet

Formed in 2017, The Tumlyn Brass Quintet consists of Dorset-based musicians who are passionate about making good music.

Sunday 7 Apr 20193:00pm Book Now
Hazel O'Connor Hallelujah Moments

Hazel O'Connor Hallelujah Moments

One of the first major female stars of the 80’s, singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor rose to fame in 1980 starring in the film Breaking Glass . Hazel's ageless songs include Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother, Monsters in Disguise, Calls The Tune, If Only, Give Me An Inch , Blackman and  Hanging Around.  Accompanied by virtuoso saxophonist Clare Hirst (The Belle Stars, Communards, David Bowie) and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards and vocals, this is a powerful blend of voices and musicianship. Unmissable.

Friday 12 Apr 20198:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)
Fever: Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee

Fever: Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee was one of the great figures of jazz and American popular song, with a career spanning six decades. Sinatra called her ‘regal’; Duke Ellington called her ‘the queen’. She wrote and sang for Disney’s Lady And The Tramp and had a string of hits stretching from her early days with Benny Goodman until the 1990s.


In this wonderful show, jazz vocalist Jo Harrop pays tribute to the sultriest songstress of all, delivering moving renditions of classics such as Fever, Why Don’t You Do Right and The Folks Who Live On The Hill. Featuring Alex Webb on piano, Henry Gilbert on bass, Joel Prime on drums and special guest Tony Kofi on alto sax.


Saturday 13 Apr 20198:00pm Book Now
The Nash Ensemble

The Nash Ensemble

Richard Hosford (clarinet)

Adrian Brendel (cello)

Ian Brown (piano)


Trio No 4 in B flat for clarinet, cello and piano, 'Gassenhauer' Op 11 - Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata for cello and piano in D minor - Claude Debussy

5 Bagatelles for clarinet and piano Op 23 - Gerald Finzi

Trio for clarinet, cello and piano in A minor Op 114 - Johannes Brahms


Wednesday 17 Apr 20198:00pm Book Now
Wyvern: Words Take Wing

Wyvern: Words Take Wing

This original folk-drama draws on the notebooks of writer Thomas Hardy.  They tell of 19th century lives and dreams, hopes and despair, love and laughter. Musicians and actors of the group Wyvern have traced snippets and jottings that Hardy wove into his poems and novels, where the words have 'taken wing' from dry prose to rich imaginative literature. These extraordinary stories, always observant and often quirky are brought to life through carefully chosen extracts, lively music and dramatic readings.

Wednesday 24 Apr 20198:00pm Book Now
Gigspanner

Gigspanner

Known for his work with Steeleye Span, Peter Knight and Gigspanner bring new life to older tunes, and his own compositions, which range across the genres of folk, celtic, traditional, rock, and more modern, ambient sounds.


Their 2015 album Layers of Ages featured on Album of the Year listings for The Telegraph, R2 magazine and BBC Radio. They have established themselves as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene, inspiring Maverick magazine to write "Gigspanner are making some of the most beautiful music the genre has to offer" 5*****

Saturday 4 May 20198:00pm Book Now
Megson: Contradicshun

Megson: Contradicshun

Four times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees make a welcome return to Dorchester Arts following a storming debut show here a couple of years ago. Comprised of husband and wife Stu and Debbie Hanna, their live performances draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.  They have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour.

Friday 10 May 20198:00pm Book Now
Kokoro: A Night in Vienna

Kokoro: A Night in Vienna

Kokoro, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary music ensemble, make a welcome return with an evening of music from the 2nd Viennese School.


Composers of the Second Viennese School shifted from the big and emotional work of the romantic period at the turn of the 20th Century to a stripped back style of music and composition.  This evening will explore the three leaders of this new music movement as they changed the face of music including a chamber version of Schönberg’s exquisite tone poem, Verklärte Nacht.

Sunday 12 May 20197:00pm Book Now
Frank Griffith & Tina May: Jazz Meets Broadway

Frank Griffith & Tina May: Jazz Meets Broadway

The songs of the Broadway and West End stage have historically provided a rich trove of repertoire for jazz artists. The Frank Griffith 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.

Saturday 8 Jun 20198:00pm Book Now
Albert Lee and His Band: In Concert

Albert Lee and His Band: In Concert

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.

Sunday 9 Jun 20198:00pm Book Now
Carismático Tango Band

Carismático Tango Band

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.

Friday 21 Jun 20198:00pm Book Now
Sunday 30 Jun 20197:00pm Book Now (Not Open For Sale)
Cara Dillon: Wanderer Tour

Cara Dillon: Wanderer Tour

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.

Saturday 22 Jun 20198:00pm Book Now
Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason

Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason

Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his sister Isata are among the brightest young stars on the classical scene. This special performance is a rare opportunity to see them together on stage for a programme of carefully selected pieces for piano and cello by Beethoven, Lutoslawski, Barber and Rachmaninov.

Sunday 17 Nov 20197:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)