music festival set to hit high note

Dorset Echo:

6:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A feast of entertainment is on offer as a free music and arts festival run by young people returns to Dorchester.

Farewell concert for a popular teacher

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11:00am Wednesday 18th June 2014

A POPULAR teacher will be giving a farewell concert with the Thomas Hardye Singers in Dorchester on July 5.

Fine folk festival at Petherton

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12:00pm Saturday 14th June 2014

THE third Petherton Folk Fest will be held in South Petherton, Somerset, on Saturday, June 21.

Church concerts will raise cash to restore antique organ

Dorset Echo: The Grove Singers

2:00pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

A PAIR of summer fundraising concerts are planned for All Saints Church in Wyke Regis, Weymouth, to raise cash to spruce up an historical organ.

Humble instrument used to technical brilliance

Dorset Echo: SOUND IDEAS: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

11:28am Wednesday 30th April 2014

THE UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN Lighthouse, Poole

Classical composers at the peak of their powers

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12:00pm Saturday 16th November 2013

Shaftesbury Orchestra’s winter concert features two works by classical composers at the peak of their powers: Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Brahms Symphony No 4.

World-class woodwind maestros at the peak of their profession

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12:00pm Saturday 16th November 2013

Richard Hosford Trio

Fox festival first

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12:00pm Saturday 5th October 2013

THE centrepiece of this weekend’s Cattistock Fox Festival is an oratorio penned by musician Nick Morris.

Reggae night is back!

Dorset Echo: Revellers at the Corn Exchange reggae party

12:00pm Saturday 5th October 2013

DORCHESTER’S Old Skool Reggae Night is back by popular demand for another year.

REVIEW: Big band sounds good

Dorset Echo: Dorchester Big Band

12:00pm Saturday 21st September 2013

I HAVE enjoyed performances from Dorchester Big Band in the Colliton Club on several occasions, but the superior sound of this group in Weymouth Bay Methodist Church blew me away.

Weymouth Music Club

10:39am Wednesday 5th December 2012

What better way to spend a wintry Sunday afternoon than to listen to real live music beautifully played?

Leading string quartet to be ensemble-in-residence for Weymouth

Dorset Echo: The Zelkova Quartet

10:00am Saturday 24th November 2012

IN AN exciting new departure for the Weymouth Lunchtime Chamber Concerts, one of Britain’s leading young string quartets, the Zelkova Quartet from Manchester, are coming to the town as Ensemble-in-Residence for the 2012-13 season.

Get into the groove with colourstrings

2:20pm Wednesday 12th September 2012

YOUNG musicians are in for a treat as Bridport Arts centre launches two new courses this autumn.

That'll Be The Day, Lighthouse, Poole

2:10pm Sunday 12th February 2012

NOTHING succeeds like success, as they say. And 25 years on the road with an ever-changing programme of popular music from the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies most definitely qualifies as success for this talented team.

Tuba sounds at Weymouth church

Dorset Echo: Matthew Blunt

12:30pm Tuesday 22nd November 2011

THE Encore singers are joining forces with tuba players Matthew Blunt and Henry Lindsay for a concert at St Edmund’s Church in Weymouth.

Uplifiting tunes from London Community Gospel Choir in Weymouth

Dorset Echo: The London Community Gospel Choir

12:00pm Tuesday 22nd November 2011

AWARD-WINNING gospel music comes to Weymouth this month as a warm-up to the impending festive season.

Real live wires in Bridport

Dorset Echo: Live/Wire

12:00pm Saturday 10th September 2011

THE Electric Palace will be rocking out next Saturday with AC/DC tribute band Live/Wire and their special guests The ZZ Tops. Live/Wire are the unique six man tribute to one of rock music’s greatest bands AC/DC, complete with cannons, a wall of Marshalls and more than two hours of High Voltage Rock ’n’ Roll. Both eras of AC/DC are included in the show, with two very individual singers treading the boards and the frenzied schoolboy antics of Angus Young are faithfully reproduced. It is all backed up by a thundering freight train of a rhythm section. The show packs in the classics like Highway To Hell, Thunderstruck and Back In Black into a two-hour plus show. Live/Wire also throws in a few surprises for hardcore (and not so hardcore) fans to savour.

Three days of music and fun in Lyme Regis to help RNLI

Dorset Echo: Lyme Regis town crier Phil Street

1:00pm Friday 22nd July 2011

LymeRegisTV and Woodmead Halls presents Woodfest: Three Days of Music from Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis from Friday until Sunday with proceeds to the RNLI.

Loaded, cocked and ready to rock in Weymouth

Dorset Echo: Big Gunz

12:20pm Friday 22nd July 2011

COME with me on a journey through time... back to an era where men were men but dressed like women, where spray-on Spandex strides are the regulation uniform, where hair is back-combed and sprayed to a perfect bird’s nest, where metal is the only currency of any value and the music is ROCK, with a capital ARRRRGH...

Dorset ensemble hits all the right notes

Dorset Echo: Dorset Sinfonia

12:00pm Tuesday 5th July 2011

A LEADING Dorset ensemble will be giving a delightful summer concert in Weymouth next week.

Get grove-y at family day out on Portland

Dorset Echo: Stomping Goats

12:30pm Friday 1st July 2011

WELL, the Weymouth Pavilion is still standing after Sepultura’s bowel-loosening grindcore spectacular on Wednesday night.

Nowt queer about folk festival in Wessex

Dorset Echo: Veteran drummer Dougie Cooper performing with the Tony Sampson Orchestra in 1947

12:30pm Friday 27th May 2011

THERE will be dancing in the street and elsewhere next week when the Wessex Folk Festival returns to Weymouth quayside next weekend.

ELO Experience, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

3:03pm Friday 12th November 2010

THIS highly polished band clearly went down well with fans of the Electric Light Orchestra, aka ELO, receiving a standing ovation for their perfect performance of the original’s best-known numbers.

Michael Roach, Forest Arts Centre

7:45pm Sunday 26th September 2010

Michael Roach may be a traditional American bluesman steeped in the roots of early 20th century East Coast music but he’s a long way removed from your stereotypical back door man.

Malcolm Archer, St Stephen’s Church, Bournemouth

7:44pm Sunday 26th September 2010

In one of the most thrilling organ recitals it has been my privilege to hear, Malcolm Archer of Winchester College took this recently restored instrument to new elevations.

MGMT, O2 Academy, Boscombe

7:43pm Sunday 26th September 2010

IT'S been more than two years since indie-pop band, MGMT, made waves in the industry with their infectious beats and now the duo are back.

Daniel Campbell, Richmond Hill URC

7:41pm Sunday 26th September 2010

Daniel Campbell, Richmond Hill URC Blowing someone else’s trumpet, in this instance Alfred Hollins’ brilliant Trumpet Minuet, Danny Campbell, organist of Richmond Hill URC pulled out all the stops in this final concert of the summer series.

Al Green & Michael McDonald, Windsor Hall, BIC

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11:39am Sunday 27th June 2010

ROUSING a near full house from its sun-drunk stupor is a tall order, lucky then that we were afforded the skill of a blue-eyed soul man as seasoned as Michael McDonald on a sticky Saturday night.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Choral Spectacular, Lighthouse, Poole

10:39am Sunday 27th June 2010

WITH a guarantee of no rain and glorious music the punters unpacked their picnics on the artificial turf and made ready for the second evening of the BSO’s Indoor Outdoor Festival.

A Night Out With George - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Lighthouse, Poole

8:19am Saturday 26th June 2010

This first BSO Indoor Outdoor Festival seems to have hit all the right notes as a sell-out event under the roof of the Lighthouse.

Annie Get Your Gun, Wimborne Musical Theatre, Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

6:36pm Friday 25th June 2010

IT’S astonishing how many classic hits are tucked away inside this show – and even if you weren’t aware where they came from on the way in, be prepared to be singing them all the way home!

HMS Pinafore, Opera della Luna, Lighthouse, Poole

6:35pm Friday 25th June 2010

THE ever excellent Opera della Luna triumphs again with this joyous production of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic HMS Pinafore.

Joe Longthorne: Pier Theatre, Bournemouth

8:20am Friday 25th June 2010

Where can you find Tony Bennett dueting with Max Bygraves or Dorothy Squires doing a turn with Ken Dodd and Tom Jones?

The Correspondents + Movits, 60 Million Postcards, Bournemouth

4:56pm Tuesday 22nd June 2010

“THERE is a new thing, called Electro Pop Swing,” announces Dean Hewitson, manager of the first Electro Swing Night at 60 Million Postcards, and despite the bizarre amalgamations that hit the music scene in short-lived yet trendy waves, it might just be true.

Tony Jacobs Swing Jazz Cabaret, Regent Centre, Christchurch

5:52pm Monday 21st June 2010

IT’S not just the memories, it’s the quality. That’s what Tony Jacobs believes keeps the music of the great American swing composers from Irving Berlin onwards alive, and with a high spirited tribute show like this who could disagree?

Seussical the Musical, BOS Musical Company, the Regent Centre

8:20am Monday 21st June 2010

Packed with everything from planets as small as a speck of dust to elephants with wings, it would have taken a cynic beyond redemption not to warm to this inspiriting production based on the charmingly rambling musings of Dr. Seuss.

Bournemouth Bach Choir, Christchurch Priory

8:20am Monday 21st June 2010

The Armed Man, Karl Jenkins’ multilingual masterpiece emerged from the millennium celebrations and is a pointed and poignant castigation of warmongers.

Blondie, O2 Academy

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8:00am Monday 21st June 2010

Everybody knows more Blondie songs than they think.Having arrived at the O2 expecting to know three of four songs, I found myself singing along for most of the hour and a half set.

The Producers: Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

8:14am Friday 18th June 2010

THE irony of being in a band that first hit the road 20 long years ago, travelled the world, were praised by all and sundry but then ended up back where they first started is clearly not lost on The Producers.

The Rusty and Not So Rusty Musicians Orchestra: Lighthouse, Poole

8:55am Monday 14th June 2010

What a privilege! Every year the BSO - a world class orchestra by anyone’s reckoning - invites rusty musicians across Dorset to dust off their instruments, attend a series of workshops and then play a full scale concert alongside the pros.

John Otway: Forest Arts, New Milton

2:51pm Saturday 12th June 2010

ONE of the great eccentrics of our age, John Otway careers happily through a life that is an object lesson in controlled chaos.

Kenny Rogers, Windsor Hall, BIC

Dorset Echo: Kenny Rogers

4:18pm Thursday 10th June 2010

Country music legend Kenny Rogers strode onto the BIC stage to wild applause from his adoring audience and then proceeded to throw insults and 10 dollar bills at them in equal measure.

Plan B + Bombay Bicycle Club, Bournemouth Uni Summer Ball

10:23am Tuesday 8th June 2010

WITH a shortened version of his current live tour set, Plan B and his band put on one of the best headline shows of recent Summer Ball history.

Souled Out, Mr Kyps

3:28pm Sunday 6th June 2010

IT’S rare I dust off my dancing trousers these days, but with these boys it’s rude – and frankly impossible – not to cut a rug.

Black Dyke Band, Pavilion, Bournemouth

11:54am Sunday 6th June 2010

THE idea was for a once only charity event - 12 years and 17 concerts ago. Now a permanent fixture on the town's cultural calender, this latest of the Wessex Heartbeat's Best Of British Brass nights brought a practically full house once again for the band who started it all, Yorkshire's ever bravura brilliant - accompanied by their latest enormous cup trophy to prove it - Black Dyke Band.

From the Jam + One Man Destruction Show, Mr Kyps

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12:56pm Thursday 3rd June 2010

The Bank Holiday weekend rocked ’n’ rolled its way into Kyps on Saturday night with From the Jam and One Man Destruction Show both entertaining the crowd in their own impressive ways.

The Priests, BIC

4:14pm Wednesday 2nd June 2010

Introducing the show, the Priests promised a “sermon, raffle and collection-free zone”, much to the audience’s amusement.

Stereophonics, BIC

Dorset Echo: Stereophonics, BIC

10:15am Wednesday 2nd June 2010

“IT’S good to be back at the seaside,” said Kelly Jones as his band neared the end of this triumphant return and judging by the regularity of their visits, it’s a surprise the boys don’t have their own beach hut.

Joe Bonamassa, BIC

7:27pm Monday 31st May 2010

IT’S five years since Joe Bonamassa played his first UK gig at Mr Kyps, a smaller, more intimate venue, along the Wessex Way in Poole.

Beyond the Barricade, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

3:42pm Sunday 30th May 2010

IT’S the non-stop showstoppers musical express from Saigon to Paris.



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