Music in Oborne

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Oborne is becoming
synonymous with music

The village hall’s intimate Folk Nights, the summer evenings spent dancing in the church aisle to Trad Jazz, the weekends listening to sublime music at Opera in Oborne, or the delightfully ‘British’ Summer Garden Concerts at The Grange.

During 2022, many of the favourite events will return and plans are afoot to bring even more music to the village with “Oborne Fringe”… watch this space!.

2022 Diary

Steve Knightley

Thursday 17th February, 7 pm

His third visit to Oborne, Steve Knightley is the multi-award winning singer-songwriter/musician and founder member of widely acclaimed folk/acoustic roots trail-blazers Show of Hands.

Organised by: Oborne Village Hall
Venue: The Grange at Oborne
Proceeds to village hall

Opera Cameratina

April 1st – 3rd, 2022

Oborne has been chosen to host ‘Opera Cameratina’ for a third time.

Three world premieres, including a new translation into English by Jeremy Sams of Pauline Viardot’s Cinderella, and performances from some of Britain’s most exciting operatic talent will form the centrepiece of VIARDOT200: Prima Donna, Composer, Muse and Inspiration – a weekend of events celebrating the bicentenary of Pauline Viardot’s birth.

Organised by: Opera Cameratina
Venue: St Cuthbert’s Church
Proceeds to the church

Cameratina is a group of enthusiasts who fund small-scale opera. Tickets are made available to locals for the majority of the performances.


April 4th, 3pm

Taking advantage of the Opera in Oborne machine being set up for Cameratina, a piece has been commissioned to be sung for the first time in Oborne.

The new piece, a chamber opera for four voices and a piano, will be performed by Katy Thomson, Kieran Rayner, Lúnó Connolly and Liam Bonthrone, with Michelle Santiago playing the piano. They will be directed by Susanna Stranders.

Organised by: Nigel Masters
Venue: St Cuthbert’s Church
Proceeds to the church

Jubilee Celebrations

Thursday 2nd June, 5pm

A garden concert, followed by a Jubilee supper
£65 per person.

Friday 3rd June, 3-5pm

Garden Jazz & Afternoon Tea with Pink Fizz
£30 per person, tables of between 6 and 10.

Play On Sherborne

July – September 2022

First held in 2020, the series was born out of a desire to support musicians and artists from the local area.  Enormously well received, especially after people were starved of music for so long, Jon Valender was easily persuaded to organise it again the following year.  Returning in 2022, the music varies enormously, medieval music to Latin jazz with lots in between.

Organised by: Jon Valender
Venue: The Grange at Oborne garden
Proceeds to the musicians

Opera in Oborne

19-21 August 2022

Now running for over ten years, Opera in Oborne brings a cast of international soloists together with a group of deeply committed locals to create stunning performances on a small scale.  The church is transformed with the addition of a stage, backdrop and lighting rigs.  Over the years , operas have included The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro and tales of Hoffman.  These well known operas combined with a gala concert and one-act operettas make this a weekend not to be missed.

Organised by: Opera in Oborne
Venue: St Cuthbert’s Church
Proceeds to the church

Oborne Fringe

August 2022

Still in its inception, the fringe hopes to bring some different types of music to Oborne.  Details will be here once they are confirmed. 

Organised by: Various, tickets from Opera in Oborne
Venue: St Cuthbert’s Church
Proceeds to the church, playing field and village hall

Christmas Music and Supper nights

December 2022, Dates TBC

After the very successful American Songbook at Christmas with George Hewitt in 2021, we will be hosting two more dinner and music evenings at The Grange