TAKE part in a workshop or watch a concert to be given by a unique world music choir.

Northern Harmony, based in Vermont, USA, will perform in St Peter’s Church, Dorchester, on Thursday, November 2 at 7.30pm. The concert will be preceded with a workshop between 6pm and 7pm for any interested singers.

The 16 brilliant singers of Northern Harmony present a thrilling mix of world harmony traditions including South African songs and dances, traditional polyphony from Georgia, Corsica, and the Balkans, American shape-note singing and quartet gospel, and renaissance motets.

Through 17 European tours since 1993, Northern Harmony have won a wide reputation for their remarkable command of the different singing styles and timbres appropriate to these different traditions.

Their two and a half month 2017 tour includes the UK, France, Switzerland, Germany and the northeastern USA.

In the workshop, Northern Harmony will teach a selection of South African songs and dances, contemporary American shape-note songs, and songs from Georgia and the Balkans. In their teaching they pay close attention to the distinctive authentic vocal timbres and body language associated with the various singing traditions. With several Northern Harmony singers helping to lead each vocal part, the teaching is particularly efficient and gratifying.

Tickets for the workshop are £8 full price or £6 for Members of Dorchester Arts, under-18s or those on low income, concert tickets are £12 full price or £10 for members of Dorchester Arts, under-18s or those on low income A combined workshop and concert ticket is available for £18 full price, £14 members and concessions.

Contact Dorchester Arts box office at the Corn Exchange for tickets and more information.

*Northern Harmony will also performing in Wootton Fitzpaine near Lyme Regis on Saturday (4) at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost £9 (or £7 for under 18s). They are available from the Self Service Box Office in reception at The Charmouth Medical Practice, which is next to The Royal Oak, on The Street, Charmouth. Call 01297 560948 for more information. Doors open at 7pm.

There will be a bar and raffle and proceeds will go to the hall.