• Welcome to The Wessex Festival 2014
  • The planning for this year’s Festival is well under way, with all concerts and church services confirmed and rehearsals booked for the Festival choirs.

    The Wessex Festival 2014 is the second Festival since our move from Milton Abbey. The beautiful church of St Martin’s in the grounds of Bryanston School near the historic Georgian market town of Blandord Forum is the epicentre of the Festival with satellite events taking place in a number of picturesque villages near to Bryanston. The Festival comprises 2 choral and orchestral concerts with the Festival Singers and Wessex Chamber Orchestra (Dorset’s professional chamber ensemble), a concert of Baroque masterpieces by Excelsior – the Festival’s semi-professional octet, an organ recital, 4 services with music provided by Wessex Voices and Dorset Chamber Choir, an evening of Folk music and a guided walk through some glorious Dorset countryside. All in all, a packed 4 days from 14-17 August.

    Festival Director, David Everett, has put together an eclectic programme. Music by Haydn is heavily featured this year, with two masses, an anthem and an organ concerto. Beautiful Baroque includes the music of Monteverdi, Gibbons and Purcell and promises to be an entrancing evening of sublime music. We’re marking 2 anniversaries this year: 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the death of George Dyson and also the 70th birthday of Christopher Dowie, who has spent half his life living and working in Dorset. He was Organist and Choirmaster of Wimborne Minster for many years and has performed frequently with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Chorus.

    More information can be found elsewhere on this website and this will be updated regularly. The Box Office will be opening after Easter.