Matt Ford presents The Cole Porter Songbook
Join BBC Proms regular vocalist Matt Ford, alongside the acclaimed pianist Matt Regan, for an intimate musical journey as they perform a selection of Cole Porter’s finest work, including the likes of: ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’, ‘Night & Day’, ‘Too Darn Hot’, ‘Anything Goes’, ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’ … and many more.
Friday, 1 March 2024, 7.30pm
John Etheridge with special guest Kit Holmes
Join us for an uplifting evening of blues, folk, jazz, African grooves and much more from two outstanding guitarists. Over a 50-year career, John Etheridge has established a reputation as one of the world’s most respected guitarists, not only with the legendary Soft Machine but also as a solo artist and collaborator with the likes of with Stephane Grappelli, Nigel Kennedy, and the eminent classical guitarist John Williams.
Friday, 8 March 2024, 7.30pm
How Sweet It Is (The James Taylor Songbook)
Lose yourself in the dulcet tones and sweet melodies of James Taylor, undoubtedly one of the finest singer-songwriters of the last half a century. How Sweet It Is focuses more on Taylor’s early songwriting career, featuring much loved songs, such as Sweet Baby James, Something In The Way She Moves, Fire and Rain but also includes more recent classics like the evocative Frozen Man. Vernon James perfectly captures the spirit of James Taylor himself, including his trademark soulful lilt.
Saturday, 23 March 2024, 7.30pm
Aled Jones – Full Circle
Prepare to hear Aled Jones as you’ve never heard him before. The boy treble who captivated the world with his angelic voice, and who has sold over seven million albums is the original classical crossover star. His recording of Walking in the Air, from the animated film The Snowman, firmly established him as a household name, now he is equally at home on the classical stage or starring in musical theatre productions in London’s West End. He is also an award-winning television broadcaster and radio presenter who heads up BBC’s Songs of Praise and his own Saturday and Sunday morning shows on Classic FM. After 40 years in the business, he’s looking back on a remarkable career with a one-man show that will feature never-before-heard music, tales from the decades and for the first time, his story told in his own words. It’s time to come Full Circle.
Sunday, 24 March 2024, 7.30pm
A Head Full of Coldplay
Join us for a celebration of the music of Coldplay, capturing the energy and sound of one of the biggest bands in the world. This immersive and fun-driven show features Xylobands, lasers, back projection, confetti and all the biggest hits from Yellow and Hymn For The Weekend, to Magic and Paradise. The band’s love for the music really comes across, from the attention to detail in the songs and the imagery, to the special effects, with the audience always feeling part of the performance.
Thursday, 28 March 2024, 7.30pm
Martin James Bartlett
Martin first came to Dorchester in 2016, just two years after being crowned BBC Young Musician. Since then, his career has gone from strength to strength, and we are thrilled to welcome him back with a fascinating programme, featuring Rameau, Debussy, Couperin, Ravel, Gershwin and others, that will showcase his prodigious talent.
Friday, 5 April 2024, 7.30pm
T-Rex: The music of Marc Bolan & Mickey Finn
The all-star band created by Mickey Finn with original drummer Paul Fenton performing an explosion of 70s Glam rock hits and celebrating 25 years of international shows. The show features hit after hit after hit: Metal Guru, Ride a White Swan, Telegram Sam, Children of the Revolution, I Love to Boogie, Jeepster. Get It On, Hot Love, and many more. Don’t miss it – and don’t forget your feather boa…
Saturday, 20 April 2024, 7.30pm
Austen’s Women: Lady Susan
Return to the Regency (or rather, Georgian) in this darkly comic tale of society and the women trapped within it, based on Austen’s first full-length work from 1794 and created entirely from letters. Their struggles, their desires, their temptations, and manipulations – and at the vanguard, Lady Susan: charming, scheming, witty, and powerful; taking on society and making it her own. But has she met her match?
Thursday, 25 April 2024, 7.30pm
Ria Lina: Riawakening
In the aftermath of a global pandemic, comedian and scientist Ria Lina has had a Riawakening and sees the world differently. In this, her highly anticipated debut tour, Ria tackles the issues of coming out of a global pandemic, the new normal, divorce, dating in a new digital world, motherhood and what it really means to be a woman today.
Friday, 26 April 2024, 7.30pm
Tony Moore – Awake
Tony’s journey in the music industry has been nothing short of legendary, from being an original member of Iron Maiden to playing with Meatloaf and hitting the charts with his own band in Holland to touring the world as a member of the band Cutting Crew (I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight). Expect to be wowed by his imaginative stagecraft, channelling the spirit of some of the greatest acts of the last four decades, but with a fresh, original and deeply personal twist.
Friday, 3 May 2024, 7.30pm
Kiri Pritchard-McLean – Peacock
Star of Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You and QI Kiri Pritchard-McLean is back with a brand-new tour, her funniest and most personal to date. Prepare for a joyous and uplifting show from a comedian known for making “powerhouse stand-up from the thorniest of subjects” (The Guardian).
Friday, 13 September 2024, 7.30pm