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All performances start at 7.30 pm (doors open 7 pm)
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Concert Diary

2024/2025

13th July 2024 -  Two Requiems by Dorset Composers Matthew Coleridge and Christopher Wood. Download the flyer.

The music for our summer concert may be unfamiliar to many of you. We will be performing two contemporary settings of the Requiem, both written by Dorset-based composers. This will be the first time these two significant and beautiful works will have been performed together, and we will be honoured to be joined by both composers at this concert.

Matthew Coleridge’s Requiem has become one of the UK’s most popular new choral works. It’s latest recording, made in Christchurch Priory with Royal Holloway Choir and Southern Sinfonia, became one of the highest new entries in the Classic FM Hall of Fame in 2023. The work has been performed around the UK and abroad. Of his Requiem, Matthew writes “I wanted to write an intimate and particularly human response to the text, witnessed perhaps at the moment of a soul slipping gently away from earthly life’. It’s lyrical, gentle melodies are interspersed with occasional moments of drama, continuously capturing a sense of hope and optimism in the music.
Christopher Wood, a surgeon and pharmaceutical entrepreneur by profession, has had a life-long interest in music, especially choral music and is on the Trustee Council of the Royal College of Organists. The inspiration for his Requiem came from the extraordinary show of emotion from the British people when Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother died in 2002. Chris writes ‘There was a real sense of national mourning, with thousands of people queuing for hours to file past the coffin to pay their respect. There was a mixture of sentiments that was hard to define. There was clearly grief but it was tinged with other emotions, perhaps even patriotic pride; there was sadness but also honour and gratitude, and all for someone most of the people standing in line had never met. I wondered at the time, if the people filing past the coffin were a choir, what music would they sing? What music would capture the emotions of that moment? So, I thought I would try to express, in music, that sentiment – which is how the idea was born for the composition of this Requiem.’
We are proud to be performing these two works in a concert which celebrates the musical output of our county. While countless settings of this text have been written over the centuries, this is a unique opportunity to bring together two modern, accessible, lyrical and local compositions.

7th December 2024 - Handel's Messiah

 

12th April 2025 - Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony

 

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