Music at The Abbey November 2017 - July 2018



Saturday 28th April 2018 at 7.30pm

The Dorset Opera Festival is getting together with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to present the 'opera stars of the future' from their famed Jette Parker Young Artists' Programme. Hear excerpts from operas you know and love - as well as one or two you don't. Held at Bryanston each July and now in its 44th year, the Dorset Opera Festival is recognised as the South West's own mini-Glyndebourne, international. Opera stars partake in fully-staged productions alongside a summer school chorus of up to 80 young artists and a full orchestra. We are delighted to welcome The Dorset Opera Festival to Milton Abbey for this debut event.

Tickets: Chancel £40 Aisles £20 (restricted main view + video monitors)


Saturday 26th May 2018 at 7.30pm

Rosemary Fraser and Elizabeth Sheppard – violin, Aidan Fisher – viola, Michael Moorsom – cello

After completing their studies at Trinity College and the Royal College of Music, the members formed The Keysworth String Quartet. They quickly earned an enviable reputation for their large and varied repertoire and have performed at many fine venues across the South of England including Salisbury Cathedral, Wimborne Minster and Milton Abbey, and various stately homes such as Montacute, Trafalgar House and St Giles House. This programme has been chosen as a celebration of the rural idyll in which Milton Abbey is set, including 'Spring' by Vivaldi, Haydn's 'Lark' quartet, Mozart's 'Bird-catcher's Song', the 'Flower Duet' by Delibes, and Puccini's 'Crisantemi'.

In 1918 Debussy and Parry died, and Bernstein was born, so to mark these 100th anniversaries we will also include some of their music.

Tickets £12 Concessions £10 Under 18's £6


Saturday 16th June 2018 at 7.30pm

Winner of the Brighton Male Voice Choir competition 2017. It is over 90 years since their predecessors, the Bournemouth Labour Choir, joined with the Springbourne Male Voice Choir and gathered on the steps of Bournemouth Town Hall for their first performance as Bournemouth Male Voice Choir to sing at
a reception held by the Mayor in 1922. Today The Choir is 60 strong, partly because of its modern approach to music and also complemented by recent recruitment drives where people were invited to "Learn to Sing" and join.The choir generally sing classical sacred music in the first half of their concerts, with a more popular slant to the second half. For this concert a section of the first half will contain a few songs relating to the first World War to complement the Abbey focus on this in 2018.

Tickets £12 Concessions £10 Under 18's £6


Sunday 1st July 2018

1000 years of Majesty: at 6.00pm

The Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir was formed in 1972 to perform with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. The Choir has been independent since 1978 and has become one of the most highly regarded choirs in the south west of England.

Over the last few years, the Choir has also appeared abroad in Italy, Austria and Hungary. Its repertoire spans the 16th to the 21st centuries and its concerts range from small-scale a cappella programmes to performances of the great choral works.

In this special concert, we celebrate 1000 years of the life of Milton Abbey with music that spans this period, combining a number of choral favourites in a programme designed to make the most of the Abbey's wonderful acoustic.

A complete performance of Parry's Songs of Farewell marks a local connection – Parry was born in Bournemouth.

Tickets £14 Under 18's £2


Saturday 7th July at 7.00pm

Tallis 40 part Motet
Spem in alium nunquam habui

A programme of magnificent motets to include Gabrieli, Lotti, Striggio and others.

Gavin Carr, conductor.

Tickets £16 Nave / £12 Aisles / £5 off under 18s


Saturday 21st July at 6.30pm

Seventh Heaven - Great choral classics from seven centuries and seven countries.

A concert of music spanning seven centuries from the 15th century right through to the 21st century and from seven countries: Portugal, Germany, Russia, America, France, England and Ireland. Composers whose works are being performed include Byrd, Parry, Rachmaninov and Eric Whitmore.

Adults £10 Under 18's £5

BOX OFFICE Tickets on line or by post enclosing a SAE and Cheque payable to Milton Abbey Heritage Trust, Milton Abbey, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT110BZ


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