Larmer Tree Festival 2014 – Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset/Wiltshire border

Dorset Echo:

1:33pm Monday 21st July 2014

IT was left to the brilliant young singer-songwriter Tom Odell to close this year’s special festival. One of the many highlights of this most eclectic of gatherings, where you can always discover unexpected gems around every leafy corner.

Hall and Oates rock the BIC

Dorset Echo: Bournemouth International Centre will host the TUC

7:59am Friday 18th July 2014

Daryl Hall and John Oates played to a full house at the BIC on Thursday night

Broadway Showtunes, Big Little Theatre School, Pavilion Theatre

Dorset Echo:

11:28am Friday 18th July 2014

EVER had trouble deciding which West End or Broadway show to go to?

True murder mystery style

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10:51am Friday 18th July 2014

MURDER PLAY West Stafford Village Hall EVERONE loves a good thriller, but in Brian Burton’s short mystery drama, the main characters soon find that murder is no joke.

Players inject life into play

Dorset Echo:

10:50am Friday 18th July 2014

WESSEX SCENES Max Gate, Dorchester

Simply spectacular - why you shouldn't miss The Lion King

Dorset Echo:

9:12am Thursday 17th July 2014

FROM the moment giraffes on stilts graced the stage and a giant elephant walked down the aisle, it was clear this was going to be something very special.

David Gray, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

Dorset Echo:

8:42am Thursday 10th July 2014

This is David Gray's second visit to Bournemouth in a little over a month. The first time round he played a few songs as part of the Wave 105 gig and in my opinion was easily the best artist there (and there were a fair few quality acts). This time he is back on his own and we get the whole evening to listen to this talented man.

Noel Coward’s Private Lives, Wessex Actors Company, Kingston Lacy

Dorset Echo: AL FRESCO ACTORS: Private Lives

10:24am Sunday 6th July 2014

Noel Coward’s deliciously wicked romp through the trials and tribulations of marriage rarely fails to elicit belly laughs in buckets.

George Benson, BIC

Dorset Echo: Too cool: George Benson looking forward to London

7:42am Friday 27th June 2014

IT’S not every day that a 71-year-old succeeds in selling out a venue like the BIC’s Windsor Hall.

Thriller Live, Pavilion, Bournemouth

Dorset Echo: Thriller Live, Pavilion, Bournemouth

11:10am Sunday 22nd June 2014

AS slick and well oiled as a dancing machine, Thriller Live thrilled the sell-out audience at the Pavilion on Saturday night.

Bournemouth Bach Choir, Christchurch Priory

Dorset Echo: Bournemouth Bach Choir, Christchurch Priory

10:54am Sunday 22nd June 2014

THE ‘fire and brimstone’ quality of Mendelssohn’s dramatic oratorio Elijah inspired the Bournemouth Bach Choir to new heights of choral singing under Tim Hooper’s infectiously charismatic approach.

A recital in two halves

Dorset Echo: GOOD SHOW: Alasdair Beatson

1:00pm Friday 20th June 2014

ALASDAIR BEATSON, PIANO CONCERT MARINE THEATRE, LYME REGIS

Youth theatre's wonderful portrayals

Dorset Echo: NOBLE QUEST: Dorchester Youth Theatre Intermediates perform Quest of a Play

12:00pm Friday 20th June 2014

DORCHESTER YOUTH THEATRE JUNIORS – TOO MANY APPLES

Lily Allen raises a smile

Dorset Echo: Lily Allen raises a smile

12:00pm Friday 20th June 2014

LILY ALLEN – SHEEZUS

Isle of Wight Festival - day three

Dorset Echo: Isle of Wight Festival - day three

7:22am Monday 16th June 2014

US rockers Kings of Leon brought the Isle of Wight Festival to a spectacular close last night with a loud and proud rendition of Sex On Fire.

Isle of Wight Festival - day two

Dorset Echo: RHCP in action. Pic: rockstarimages.co.uk

9:47am Sunday 15th June 2014

THEY'RE the band every festival organiser's been trying to book for years.

Isle of Wight Festival, day one

Dorset Echo: Starsailor perform on day one

9:09am Saturday 14th June 2014

THE Isle of Wight Festival got off to a scorching start in more ways than one with revellers basking in the sun and the quality of the first day line-up.

Little Mix, Salute Tour, BIC

Dorset Echo: Little Mix

8:07am Thursday 5th June 2014

THEY may have started life as Tulisa’s little muffins but the Little Mix girls are already more successful than their X-Factor mentor could ever dream of.

BSO Lighthouse Annual Benevolent Fund Concert, Lighthouse, Poole

Dorset Echo: Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play Lighthouse, Poole

6:26pm Sunday 1st June 2014

MIKHAIL Glinka is widely regarded as the father of Russian classical music.

Wave 105 Live, BIC

Dorset Echo: Paloma Faith. Picture by rockstarimages.co.uk

10:39am Sunday 1st June 2014

IF you’re looking for value-for-money, then look no further than a Wave 105 FM concert.

REVIEW: Dorset Chamber Orchestra fills St Mary's church with beautiful music

Dorset Echo: REVIEW: Dorset Chamber Orchestra fills St Mary's church with beautiful music

9:00am Friday 30th May 2014

I was part of a capacity audience at St Mary’s church in Dorchester where we were treated to a wonderful evening of fine orchestral music from the Dorset Chamber Orchestra under the direction of its conductor Dr Robert Jacoby.

REVIEW: Full house at the Pavilion for Jesus Christ Superstar

Dorset Echo: Full house at the Pavilion for Jesus Christ Superstar

9:00am Friday 30th May 2014

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Weymouth Pavilion

REVIEW: Family Guy and Ted creator is back with a really wild Western

Dorset Echo: REVIEW: Family Guy and Ted creator is back with a really wild Western

9:00am Friday 30th May 2014

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST (15) ****

REVIEW: Tom Cruise is back battling otherworldly invaders in Edge of Tomorrow

Dorset Echo: REVIEW: Tom Cruise is back battling otherworldly invaders in Edge of Tomorrow

9:00am Friday 30th May 2014

CINEWORLD, PLAZA, ODEON EDGE OF TOMORROW (12A) HHHH IIn 2005, extra-terrestrials tangled with Tom Cruise in War Of The Worlds and came off second best.

REVIEW: Disney's re-imagination of Sleeping Beauty is a visually stunning fantasy

Dorset Echo: REVIEW: Disney's re-imagination of Sleeping Beauty is a visually stunning fantasy

9:00am Friday 30th May 2014

MALEFICENT (PG) **** CINEWORLD, PLAZA AND ODEON Disney’s empowerment of female protagonists, which snowballed in the delightful Frozen, continues apace in Robert Stromberg's fantastical live-action fairytale.

Oh What A Lovely War, The Lighthouse, Poole

Dorset Echo: Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play Lighthouse, Poole

3:05pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

The production of Oh What a Lovely War by the students of the Arts University Bournemouth in collaboration with the new music group of the BSO; Kokoro, displayed an array of breath-taking talent.

Dark comedy yet full of pleasurable moments

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

3:00pm Monday 26th May 2014

POVERTY, hardship, brutality and murder – it all sounds like a gruesome evening ahead yet Angel Exit Theatre have created a dark comedy that is full of pleasurable moments, music and visual fun that transcends the real-life story.

Artists show their work in chapel

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

3:00pm Monday 26th May 2014

ARTIST Mart Tebbs will be showing an installation including four 8’ x 4’ panels at Othona, West Dorset, during Dorset Art Weeks.

Michael Bolton, BIC

Dorset Echo: Picture: www.rockstarimages.co.uk

1:45pm Sunday 25th May 2014

One of the great things about this job is that occasionally you go to a gig that you would not normally be attracted to and leave at the end of the night having seen a true musical talent that would have otherwise passed you by. Well tonight was one of those nights.

A dandy performance celebrating Gershwin from the BSO

Dorset Echo: The Pavilion Theatre

12:13pm Sunday 25th May 2014

An all-American programme centred upon the music of Gershwin, and conducted by North Carolina-born David Charles Abell, rounded off the BSO’s Saturday Nights at Seven series with some of the most enjoyable works from across the pond.

The Seekers at the BIC: thanks so much for all the memories

Dorset Echo: Picture: www.rockstarimages.co.uk

12:17pm Saturday 24th May 2014

When people are on their feet to welcome a band on stage before a note's been sung you know you're in for a special night.

Don Williams, BIC

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9:54am Saturday 17th May 2014

THIS review is probably one of the hardest I've ever had to write, not because it's hard to find positive things to say - quite the opposite - but because music has the power to transport us back in time and produce such a range of emotions that can render us speechless.

Paul Hollywood, Get Your Bake On, Pavilion Theatre

Dorset Echo: From a job offer at the Chewton Glen to soggy bottoms - Paul Hollywood speaks ahead of first Bournemouth e show

8:07am Wednesday 14th May 2014

People gathered in their hundreds – an army of wannabe bakers or perhaps just those who wanted 90 minutes up close and personal with a man who isn’t exactly uneasy on the eye.

BSO, Lighthouse, Poole: Karabits can count himself among first-rate Brahmsians

Dorset Echo: FUNDING: Lighthouse

9:51am Friday 9th May 2014

Frei aber Froh-free but joyful; Brahms musical cipher, so potently woven in to first movement of Symphony No3, equates to the overwhelming spirit of Kirill Karabits’ magnificent symphonic cycle.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Lighthouse, Poole

Dorset Echo: Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play Lighthouse, Poole

9:20am Thursday 8th May 2014

There was a buzz of anticipation at this, the BSO’s penultimate concert of the season which uniquely featured Brahms’ first two symphonies, to be followed next day by the last pair.

REVIEW: The Case of the Frightened Lady - Bridport Arts Centre

Dorset Echo: Bridport Arts Centre

8:00pm Monday 5th May 2014

WHAT does a famous whodunnit writer do when he is given only two days to write a new thriller? Easy, he gets his wife, secretary and a couple of servants to help him write it for him.

Bournemouth Chamber Music, Bournemouth University

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10:12am Monday 5th May 2014

A HIPPOPOTAMUS is perhaps one of the less likely animals to; metaphorically, rear its head at a BCMS recital.

Rick Wakeman - Journey To The Centre Of The Earth Tour, BIC

Dorset Echo: Rick Wakeman - Journey To The Centre Of The Earth Tour, BIC

7:31pm Sunday 4th May 2014

SATURDAY night’s crowd had travelled to the BIC from a number of different European countries and as far away as California and to hear Rick Wakeman, the English Chamber Choir and the English Rock Ensemble perform Journey To The Centre of The Earth in full.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Lighthouse, Poole

Dorset Echo: Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play Lighthouse, Poole

8:22am Thursday 1st May 2014

Designed with Dream Melodies in mind, this concert under the direction of Kirill Karabits extolled those virtues in Mozart and Mendelssohn.

Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip - Old Fire Station, Bournemouth

Dorset Echo: Dan Le Sac (left) and Scroobius Pip. Picture by JoLi Studios

12:05pm Wednesday 30th April 2014

Scroobius Pip even becomes peace maker at one stage. Stopping a song until the protagonist is lead away to applause.

The Larmer Tree Breakthrough Music Awards Live Finals - Sixty Million Postcards, Bournemouth

Dorset Echo: The Bleedin Noses celebrating with judges - Photo Credit Paul Bevan

11:58am Wednesday 30th April 2014

The Larmer Tree Breakthrough Live Music Awards has found two winning acts to go through to the Larmer Tree festival in July.

Omid Djalili, Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

Dorset Echo: Omid Djalili

8:02am Tuesday 29th April 2014

OMID Djalili starts his show by butting in, unseen, over the pre-recorded Tivoli theatre safety warning, implying that the room is a death trap and in the event of a fire we’re all doomed anyway.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Lighthouse, Poole

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10:49am Saturday 26th April 2014

IT’S a great little instrument, the ukulele - tuneful, portable and relatively easy to learn.

Matt Richardson, Lighthouse Poole, April 25

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8:34am Saturday 26th April 2014

MATT Richardson was sweet, silly and very funny during his stand-up comedy gig in Poole.

Dorset County Museum Music Society - The Lawson Trio

Dorset Echo: ENJOYED: The Lawson Trio

2:00pm Friday 25th April 2014

IN this, the final concert of the DCMMS 40th anniversary season, there was a return visit by the Lawson Trio, who first performed here in 2012.

Gary Barlow, BIC

Dorset Echo: Picture: www.rockstarimages.co.uk

8:08am Thursday 24th April 2014

AT the last Gary Barlow concert I went to there was a marriage proposal live on stage and comedian James Corden turned up to join in a song and dance routine.

McBusted: supergroup deliver an evening of top-class entertainment

Dorset Echo: www.rockstarimages.co.uk

8:31am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

McFLy, Busted - Busted, McFly. If I'm honest, I was never particularly good at working out which noughtie guitar band was which.

BSO and BBC singers, Christchurch Priory

Dorset Echo: Bournemouth Bach Choir, Christchurch Priory

12:59pm Saturday 19th April 2014

TO paraphrase the parable of the Lost Sheep; there is joy to be had in the return of a lost work into the fold of musical discovery. Although C P E Bach’s 1784 version of the St John Passion may, arguably, not be regarded as a masterpiece, Kirill Karabits’ resurrection of this setting after some 330 years brings justifiable satisfaction.

Susan Boyle, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

Dorset Echo: Susan Boyle at the Bournemouth Pavilion theatre - Images courtesy of Rockstarimages.co.uk

9:07am Wednesday 16th April 2014

It may have been seven years since her show stealing performance on prime time TV, but the crowds that queued outside The Pavilion proved her popularity is far from waning.

Whimsy comes with memories of Britpop

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

4:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

John Power, sporting a full untamed beard, opens his set with an epic 15-minute whimsical folk song which mentions weeping willow trees and seems to be a paean to a pastoral way of life which exists only in the imagination.



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