Dorset Chamber Orchestra will welcome a local celebrity to its Concert for Youth, taking place on Saturday, March 14.

Martin Clunes will narrate Zoo Tales, created by Liz Sharma. Zoo Tales is a musical story aimed at younger audiences, and follows what happens in a zoo at night when a group of clever, music-loving animals organise a party. The performance will feature music from Dorset Youth Choirs.

The Concert for Youth will also include a solo performance by Charlotte Ballard, a flautist at the Thomas Hardye School who will play Rossini's Thieving Magpie Overture and Vivaldi's 'Goldfinch'.

Phil Humphries, a Dorset-based and internationally renowned musician, will introduce audiences to the serpent, an early ancestor of the tuba. He will perform a serpent concerto by Robert Foster.

The concert begins at 4pm in St Mary's Church, Dorchester. Tickets are £12 for adults and £1 for under-18s, available from or from Harmony Music.

Tickets are also available for the orchestra's Season Gala Concert, being held in association with Dorchester Arts on Saturday, May 9. The recital will feature a solo by Rob Burton, winner of the woodwind section of BBC Young Musician 2018.