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THE WESSEX FESTIVAL 2015 13 -16 August The Wessex Festival 2015 is 4 days of beautiful music in beautiful churches in the heart of rural Dorset, one of the UK's most idyllic counties.

Concerts and recitals will be taking place in the Georgian Parish Church in Blandford, the magnificent Wimborne Minster, St Martin's Church, hidden in the grounds of Bryanston School and St Stephen's Church, Kingston Lacy, which is part of the Kingston Lacy estate. Performers include 3 Festival vocal ensembles, Wessex Chamber Orchestra, The Brunel String Quartet and young Dorset musicians.

Wimborne Minster and Blandford Parish Church

Festival highlights include Vivaldi The Four Seasons, Handel's Dettingen Te Deum, Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending, Finzi's By Footpath and Stile, Warlock's Capriol Suite and the 3rd performance of the newly- orchestrated setting of the Requiem: Light Everlasting by Festival Director, David Everett.

In addition to the concerts and recitals the Festival includes 4 choral services - Compline, 2 Eucharists and an Evensong. These take place at St Martin's Church in Bryanston, Wimborne Minster, St Nicholas Church in Child Okeford and the picturesque Wimborne St Giles.

For those who enjoy walking there are opportunities to explore the local countryside on 2 Festival Rambles.

The full programme can be found on the Events page.