• Welcome to The Wessex Festival 2014
  • The Wessex Festival 2014 is the second Festival in our new home 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 at The White Horse in Stourpaine 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.

    Tickets can still be bought online and they will be available for collection on the night of the concert. The postage and package charge will be refunded when the tickets are collected.