Evening Concert at Dorset County Museum with the Cantamus Choir

Cantamus Choir © Maisie Hill 2017

Cantamus Choir © Maisie Hill 2017

On 9 September 2017, The Cantamus Choir will be performing at the Dorset County Museum from 7pm to 9pm.

Cantamus members are now in their fifth year of singing together and aim to introduce audiences to less familiar pieces, both sacred and secular, as well as performing some well known works.

The musical director, Malcolm Knowles, was a choral scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, and studied singing in the UK and Austria. He has had a long, distinguished career as a tenor soloist in sacred and secular choral music and in opera. He is the former musical director of the New Elizabethan Singers (Bridport) and the Simeon Singer (Ampleforth).

Cantamus is a small group of singers whose aim is to select and perform the very best, often unfamiliar, sacred, secular and consort music, and bring it through occasional performances to a wider audience in the west Dorset and east Devon areas. Our mission is to offer sublime music, sung to a high standard, to those who are perhaps unaware of its sheer beauty and range of emotions.

This concert will take listeners through five centuries of song writing.  Opening with Monteverdi’s ‘Sfogava con le stelle’, the first half will also include works by Byrd and Gibbons as well as four extracts from Purcell’s masque The Fairy Queen.

In the second half we’ll move into the 19th and 20th centuries, with works including folk songs arranged by Vaughan Williams and Holst, and the haunting ‘Sleep’ by modern US composer Eric Whitacre.

Tickets are available at the museum at £8 each (or £10 on the door)

For further information on tickets and this event contact the Museum on on 01305 756827 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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The Occasional Singers present ‘Music for a Summer’s Evening’

The Occasional Singers

The Occasional Singers

On Sunday 5th July Dorset County Museum will be the venue for ‘Music for a Summer’s Evening’, a concert presented by The Occasional Singers, a mixed-voice choir based in Dorchester.

The Occasional Singers will be joined by celebrated local pianist Duncan Honeybourne in a programme of English music including works by Elgar and Vaughan Williams. A special feature will be works native to Dorset: poems of William Barnes set by Ian Purseglove and Henry Balfour Gardiner, and choral settings of Dorset folksongs, directed by Richard Hall and David Bruce-Payne.

Doors will open early at 6.00pm to allow time to look around the Museum first, and the concert will then begin at 7.30pm. Light refreshments will be available, for which a small donation would be much appreciated. The choir is non-profit making, and all proceeds from the evening will go to the Museum’s Collections Discovery Centre Development.

Tickets cost £8 each and are available in advance from Dorset County Museum’s shop, by phoning 01305 756827, or on the door.