2018 Programme

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Gala Cabaret – The Leading Ladies
Thursday 9 August, 7.30pm   The Gainsford Theatre, Lytchett Minster School      £15 / £8
The Leading Ladies are three professional classical singers and a pianist, who delight audiences with their eclectic, high-calibre and entertaining mix of classical, traditional and popular song. Join them for a memorable cabaret-style evening in The Gainsford Theatre, to get the Festival off to a flying start.

The Festival Singers and Orchestra – War and Peace
Friday 10 August, 7.30pm               Wimborne Minster                                    £12 / £8          
Bringing together singers from choirs across Dorset and beyond and conducted by the Festival’s Artistic Director, David Fawcett, the Festival Singers will join a quartet of professional singers and a 24-strong orchestra in a programme including Haydn’s Mass in the Time of War, Vaughan Williams’ Six Choral Songs to be sung in the time of war, Elgar’s In proud thanksgiving, Parry’s Grant us thy peace, Lord and ‘Tis not too late to seek a better world by contemporary composer, Paul Ayres.

The Orlando Singers – In terra pax
Saturday 10 August, 7.30pm           Lytchett Minster Parish Church                         £12 / £8
One of the most engaging chamber choirs in the south west, The Orlando Singers present a varied programme on the theme of the quest for peace, rest and justice. The programme includes an movement from Stanford’s little-known Missa Via Victrix 1914-1918, Tippett’s Spirituals from A Child of our Time, To daffodils by Ernest Farrar (killed in action, 1918), and choral arrangements of two famous works – Lux Aeterna (Elgar’s Nimrod) and Agnus Dei (Barber’s Adagio for Strings).


Young Musician Recitals
Thurs 9 & Sat 11 August, 1pm     The Gainsford Theatre, Lytchett Minster School    £5 each
Hear the performers of tomorrow, as highly-talented students from local schools give short recitals over lunch in the impressively-appointed Gainsford Theatre. Featuring Ethan Bodman (Clarinet & Saxophone), Sally Aiko Dando (Violin), Kate Simpson (Violin) and Taegan White (Soprano).

Organ Recital
Friday 10 August, 1pm                       Wimborne Minster                                                     £5
John Challenger, Assistant Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral and former organ scholar at St George’s, Windsor and St John’s College, Cambridge, plays the magnificent 54-stop Minster organ.

Workshops and other events

Composers’ Showcase
Friday 10 August, 10am                     Wimborne Methodist Church                                     £10
Find out what choral composers today are writing on the subjects of war, peace, humanity and social justice. Explore new music and meet some of those behind it.

Singing Workshop – Sarah Pring
Saturday 11 August, 2.30pm         The Gainsford Theatre, Lytchett Minster School      £10
Join professional opera singer (ROH, ENO, Glyndebourne etc) and leading vocal coach (Professor of Singing at GSMD and the Birmingham Conservatoire) for a lively and entertaining guide to getting the best out of your voices. Sarah led an outstanding session at our launch event in March, and she returns to the Festival by popular demand.

Wessex Peace – Tim Laycock
Saturday 11 August, 5.15pm              ‘CJs’ Hall, Lytchett Minster Parish Church               £5
Local actor and musician, Tim Laycock, presents a basket of Wessex stories, songs and poetry of war and peace. Settle down with a light tea and enjoy a celebratory feast for the coming of peace to the people of Wessex in 1918.

Festival Services

Festival Choral Mattins
Sunday 12 August, 11.15am               Wimborne Minster                                         Free entry
The Festival Singers and Orlando Singers sing this traditional office, which will include Stanford’s Te Deum and Jubilate in B flat, and the anthem Expectans expectavi by Charles Wood.

Festival Choral Evensong
Sunday 12 August, 6.30pm                 Wimborne Minster                                         Free entry
The Festival Singers and Orlando Singers return to sing a service including an introit and canticles by the Festival’s Artistic Director, David Fawcett, and Parry’s famous anthem, I was glad. 

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