The Tallis Scholars – Saturday 11th May 7.30pm

The internationally acclaimed Tallis Scholars combine their perfect a capella sound with the fabulous Dorchester Abbey acoustics to make this the unmissable concert of the Festival week.

Folk Night – Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 7.30pm

Our first Festival folk night kicks off with a great double bill of award winning young folk artists.  Whether you enjoy the smooth tones & fiddle of Jackie Oates or the big sound of Sam Kelly and his band, it’ll be a night to remember!

Open Mic Night – Sunday 5th May 8pm

All are welcome to come and participate in this first Festival Open Mic Night!

A Night at the Oscars – The BBC Elstree Concert Band and The Oxford Collutorium Choir – Saturday 4th May 7.30pm

A night on the red carpet of Hollywood with a programme of music straight from the Oscars!  Every memorable piece from West Side Story to Superman has won a prestigious Academy award. The Oxford Collutorium Choir will be joining the incredible sound of this big band as it makes a welcome return to the Dorchester […]

Cate Cody Jazz Supper – Tuesday 7th May 7.30pm

Be prepared to be wrapped in the smooth tones of the Great American Songbook and the swinging classics of the golden age of jazz, all played by masters of the art.

Out of the Blue – Sunday 12th May 7.30pm

Oxford’s all-male a cappella group and semi-finalists of Britain’s Got Talent showcase their award-winning combination of vibrant vocals, outrageously unprofessional choreography and occasionally intentional comedy!

Out of the Blue workshops – Sunday 12th May 2pm & 3.30pm

This hugely popular all-male a cappella student group from Oxford Universities run fun afternoon workshops for children and adults.

Cara Berridge (Cello) – Mendelssohn, Schubert & Faure – Weds 8th May 6pm

Cara plays a beautiful programme of Mendelssohn, Schubert and Faure on her 1781 Gagliano cello.Concert Programme:
Mendelssohn Sonata in D major op 58
Schubert Arpeggione Sonata
Faure Romance op 69 & Papillon op 77

Pictures at the Exhibition – Friday 10th May 6pm (pre concert talk 5.30pm)

Programme: Mussorgsky Pictures at the exhibition, Rachmaninov “Vocalise”, and others

Wind from the East – Thursday 9th May 6pm

Anna Snesar, Dorothy Whyte-Venables and Ilya Chetverikov play a programme inspired by Gypsy Heritage


Beethoven Violin Sonata N.8 Op.30 N3

Dvorak from “Gypsy Songs”
No.4 songs my mother taught me
No.5 Tune thy strings o Gipsy

Vaughan Williams from “Songs of Travel”
No.4 Youth and Love
No.6 the Infinite Shining Heavens
No.9 I have trod the upward and downward slope

C.V. Stanford – The […]

Chorales by Candlelight – Sunday 5th May 8.30pm

Enjoy reflective and beautiful music in the stunning surrounds of a candlelit Abbey.

Music & Dance – Friday 10th May 10.30am

Music and Dance is a fun experience open to anybody with a learning disability and their support workers

May Morning Breakfast with Two A Part – Sunday 5th May 8.30am

Continuing the annual tradition Dorchester’s a capella group, Two a Part. will welcome May in by singing from the Abbey tower and then in the Abbey.

John Rutter Come & Sing – Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 10am

John Rutter, one of the UK’s foremost choral composers, will lead a Come & Sing day in Dorchester Abbey

Music for Autistic Schools – Friday 10th May 12noon

A rare opportunity for children autistic schools to enjoy the therapeutic effects of music live in the Abbey.  Please do join them!