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January 2023

Friday 20 January: Tallis Voices  
Promenade Concert. William Byrd and his Contemporaries  
Wells Cathedral.  19:00  

February 2023


Wednesday 8 February: Bournemouth Symphony Chorus  
Sergei Taneyev’s ghostly cantata St John of Damascus which is a deeply expressive choral adaptation, with music of rare beauty, at times bordering on the sublime. The atmosphere is so charged that, as its final moments slip into a dark and cleansing silence, you may feel the need to hold your breath.  
Lighthouse, Poole.  

Saturday 11 | Sunday 12 February: Dorset Bach Cantata Club  
 J S Bach: Cantata 4, Christ lag in Todesbanden | Cantata 64, Sehet, welch' eine Liebe  
Sturminster Newton High School. Sat 14:00 - 19:30 | Sun 10:00 - 17:30  

Saturday 18 February: The Orlando Singers  
A concert of music from the time of Sir Christopher Wren. The concert will include the premiere of a newly commissioned piece by Andrew Wilson, Aiming at Eternity. as part of a series of events to commemorate the life of Christopher Wren.  
St Mary's Church, East Knoyle.  19:00  

Sunday 19 February: Lyme Bay Chorale  
Handel: Zadok the Priest | The King shall rejoice | Parry: I was glad | Kodaly: Evening Song | Adam: O holy night. Plus organ and trumpet solos  
St Michael the Archangel, Lyme Regis.  16:00  

March 2023

Saturday 4 March: The Orlando Singers  
A concert of music from the time of Sir Christopher Wren. The concert will include the premiere of a newly commissioned piece by Andrew Wilson, Aiming at Eternity. as part of a series of events to commemorate the life of Christopher Wren.  
St Mary's Church, Swanage.  St Mary's Church,  

Saturday 4 March: Wimborne Choral Society  
Come & Sing.  Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man  
St Nicholas Church, Corfe Mullen.  

Sunday 5 March: Bruton Choral Society  
Concert of French Music. Fauré: Requiem | Cantique de Jean Racine | Franck: Panis Angelicus | Debussy: Danses for Harp and strings  

Saturday 18 March 2023: Bournemouth Bach Choir  
Handel: Israel in Egypt  
Christchurch Priory  

Saturday 18 March: Cantamus  
The Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester BA22 8HT.  19:00  

Saturday 18 March: Sherborne Chamber Choir  
J S Bach: Mass in B minor  
Sherborne Abbey  

Sunday 19 March: Collegium Singers  
Laudibus. William Byrd: Mass for 5 voices | Laudibus in sanctis | Emendemus in melius | Ave verum corpus | Robert White: Christe qui lux I | Peter Phillips: Ascendit Deus | Thomas Tallis: Why fumeth in sight? | Roderick Williams: Ave verum corpus re-imagined  
Church of St Michael, Milverton  

Wednesday 22 March: Bournemouth Symphony Chorus  
Songs from the Heart.  Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture | Coleridge-Taylor: Solemn Prelude | Balfour Gardiner: Evening Hymn | R Strauss: Morgen! | Wagner: Good Friday Music from Parsifal | Fauré: Requiem

Lighthouse, Poole.  

Friday 23 March: West Somerset Singers  
An evening of music from the British Isles through the ages, including traditional folksongs and pieces by Parry, Byrd, John Ireland and ‘The Song of Athene’ by John Tavener  
Venue tbc  

Saturday 25 March: Amici  
Parry: Songs of Farewell | Poulenc: Motets for a time of Penitence | Leighton: Crucifixus Pro Nobis |
Duruflé: Requiem
King’s College Chapel, Taunton.  19:30  

Saturday 25 March: Cantamus  
St Mary’s Church, Norton-sub-Hamdon. 19:30  

Saturday 25 March: Dorchester Choral Society  
Fauré: Requiem  
St Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester.  19:30  

Saturday 25 March: South Somerset Choral Society  
Verdi: Requiem  
The Great Tithe Barn, Haselbury Mill,nr  Crewkerne  

Saturday 25 March: Wellington Choral Society  
Bach: St John Passion  
St John’s Church, Wellington  

Saturday 25 March: Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society  
Rutter: Magnificat | Fauré: Requiem  
Wells Cathedral  

Saturday 25 March: Weymouth Choral Society  
Mozart: Coronation Mass | Handel: Zadok the Priest  
St Paul's Church.  19:30  

Saturday 25 March: Wimborne Choral Society  
Mozart: Vespers, K.339 | Haydn: Nelson Mass  
Wimborne Minster. 19:30  

Sunday 26 March: Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir  
Music for Holy Week. A programme of sublime music for the days leading up to Easter. We will mark the anniversaries of the deaths of two important Tudor composers – William Byrd (died 1623) and William Cornysh (died 1523). The concert will also include Allegri’s famous Miserere, together with works by the Ukrainian composer Dmitry Bortniansky.  
Milton Abbey.  15:30  

April 2023

Saturday 1 April: Cantamus  
St Mary’s Church, Edward Road, Dorchester.  19:00  

Saturday 1 April: Taunton Choral Society  
Spring Concert.  Handel: Coronation Anthems | Mozart: Coronation Mass  
St James Church, Taunton.  19:30  

Saturday 11 April 2023: Axminster & District Choral Society  
Spring Concert. C P E Bach: St Matthew Passion  
The Minster Church, Axminster  

Saturday 22 April: Gillingham Singers  
Earth Day.  Hymn to Cynthia: Henry Smart | Vaughan Williams: Silent Noon | Summertime: Gershwin | Elgar: As torrents in summer | Barnby: The Wind | Sullivan: Seaside thoughts | Parry: The sea hath many a thousand sands | Elgar: My Love dwelt in a Northern Land | Rutter For the beauty of the Earth | Greene: Thou visitest the Earth | Hall (arr): Now the green blade riseth | Goss: The Wilderness | Vivaldi: Glroia (selection) | Stainer: God so loved the world  
East Stour Church.  19:30  

Sunday 23 April: Lyme Bay Chorale  
St George's Day Concert. Elgar: Te Deum | Great is the Lord | Stanford: The Blue Bird | Finzi: Lo, the full final sacrifice, plus music by Britten, Howells and Vaughan Williams  
St Michael the Archangel, Lyme Regis.  16:00  

Thursday 27 April: Sherborne Festival Chorus  
Between Heaven and Earth.  Haydn: Mass in B flat (Harmoniemesse) | Brahms: Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) | Schubert: Symphony No 8 (Unfinished)  
Sherborne Abbey  

Saturday 29 April: Burnham & Highbridge Choral Society  
Spring Concert  
St Andrew's Church  

Saturday 29 April: Sturminster Newton Choral Society  
Spring Concert.  John Rutter: Feel the Spirit  
St Mary's Church, Sturminster Newton  

May 2023

Saturday 6 May: Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society  
Programme tba  
St Andrew's Church  

Saturday 13 | Sunday 14 May: Dorset Bach Cantata Club  
J S Bach: Cantata 50, Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft | Cantata 129, Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott | Cantata 149, Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg  
Sturminster Newton High School.  Sat 14:00 - 19:30 | Sun 10:00 - 17:30  

Saturday 20 May: Beaminster Singers  
Joseph Haydn: Nelson Mass (Missa in angustiis) | George Dyson: The Canterbury Pilgrims (excerpts)  
St Mary's Church, Beaminster.  19:30  

June 2023

Saturday 10 June: Weymouth Choral Society  
Programme tba  
St Aldhelm’s Church Centre  

Saturday 17 June: Axminster & District Choral Society  
Summer Concert  
The Minster Church, Axminster  

Saturday 17 June: Bournemouth Bach Choir  
Mozart programme to include: Coronation Mass | Regina Coeli | Exultate Jubilate & orchestral piece  
Christchurch Priory  

July 2023

Saturday 8 July: Gillingham Singers  
Sullivan: The long day closes | Barnby: Sweet and low | Juanita, Spanish trad | Morley: April is in my mistress face | Bennet: Weep, O mine eyes | Wilbye: Thus saith my Cloris bright | Catch a Falling Star | Barbara Ann | Rock around the clock | Over the rainbow (Wizard of Oz) | Blow the wind southerly  
Wyke Primary School, Deane Aveue, Gillingham SP8 4SH  

Saturday 29 July: Somerset Chamber Choir  
Fauré: Requiem | Poulenc: Organ Concerto | Yves Castagnet: Messe Brève | Arvo Pärt: Salve Regina | Gounod: Jerusalem | Messiaen: O sacrum convivium  
Wells Cathedral.  19:00  

Saturday 29 July: Lyme Bay Chorale  
Singing Workshop + Concert in aid of the RNLI  
St Michael the Archangel, Lyme Regis.  

December 2023

Saturday 2 December: Beaminster Singers  
Programme tba  
St Mary's Church, Beaminster.  19:30  



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