A Summer of Music

Opera in Oborne returns for 2021 with a Mozart double-bill and an outdoor Gala Concert while the ‘Play On SherborneFestival returns to The Grange’s garden on Sundays from 18th July.

Opera in Oborne
Mozart Double-Bill

OiO is back for its ninth year, with a double bill of two short Mozart operas. Held in the church and performed by a small cast of international soloists, this is a fantastic way to ease ourselves back into the world of music!

Friday 6th and Saturday 7th August, 8 pm

Tickets £40.

Pre Opera Suppers at the Grange

5.30 pm, Friday 6th and Saturday 7th August.
£27.00 for three courses.
Tel 01935 813463 or email us to book

Opera in Oborne
Gala Concert

The ever-popular gala concert returns, but this year with a difference. The concert will be performed open air, in the playing field opposite the church.

Sunday 8th August, 3 pm.

Tickets £20

Pre-Concert Luncheon

12.00 pm, Sunday 8th August
£27.00 for three courses.
Tel 01935 813463 or email us to book

Play on Sherborne Garden concerts

The garden concerts which were such a success in 2020 are set to return…

18th July         Milly Riquelme and Tom Toomey return from last year’s festival with an event based on Milly’s Cuban heritage and Tom’s virtuosic fingers! All those who attended last year’s performance will remember this couple know how to start a Festival with a bang! 

25th July        The Dorset String Quartet – the second half of last year’s double bill and the only other returning act, bring an afternoon of all the best known music in the repertoire, peppered with some surprises to keep us on our toes!

1st August        George Hewitt and Duo are recent graduates from RNCM, and will be playing many popular soul, jazz, funk and pop classics! They will evoke lots of different emotions for the audience and provide a great hour of entertainment!

15th August        Salisbury based soprano Faye Eldret and harpsichordist David Gostick are no strangers to the great stages of London and considerably further afield. They will perform a selection of arias and cantatas from Handel to Mozart and everywhere in between! 

22nd August        Amy Whittlesea and friends bring an unforgettable event of some of the great early music. completing the round journey that the Festival brings you, highlighting all of the various periods of music; from medieval through to early Baroque.

29th August        Jon is joined by his closest friend and soprano muse, Cheryl Enever, to present some of the titans of the late 19th Century Italian and German operatic Repertoire.

5th September    ….and finally, Miranda Heldt, singer in residence from The Ritz London, she is joined by her pianist in bringing some of the great Jazz standards to bring the Festival to its conclusion and completing a summer of musical variety!    

If you would like to see a short video of last year, take a look here:

A note from Jon Valender about Play on Sherborne:

I have delayed in announcing the Festival’s return as we are all awaiting the regular changes in guidelines. The first 2 weeks are going to be affected by the latest changes but as we have decided that we want to get the festival started, but will, however, have to limit tickets to just 50 for these events. 

As a result of that I’m afraid I will have to increase the ticket price for these, so the first 2 events will be £15 and the rest a mere £10 still. The Grange are not taking any money from this, please be assured that all monies made goes directly to the performers. Please email me with a list of the events you would like to attend and in order to keep the ticket prices down I don’t use event booking sites so payment details will follow.

All of the events happen at 5PM and last an hour, the gardens are open before hand…as is the bar. I recommend where possible that you bring your own garden chairs, we have a certain amount of chairs in the garden but in the name of cross contamination we would love you to bring your own!

There is, of course, the small matter of the weather when talking about outside performances in the UK! If the forecast looks torrential then we will rebook and reserve the right to move it and hope that you are still available, but if it’s just a drizzle we will try and struggle on as best we can, if it works for Wimbledon…..
 If rules don’t change too much then we are going to be able to move indoors into the hotel’s Regent room for a slightly different performance.

For those of you who are new to my mailing list there is a brief video of what happened last year below and the format of what goes on. For the Festival to work I do need to sell out most of the events so please feel free to send me anyone’s email addresses that you think would be interested in joining us.

We very much look forward to welcoming you back to The Grange at Oborne, to whom we are very grateful for their continued support.