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

Oborne Fringe

For the first time, a fringe festival has been added to Oborne’s Opera festival, starting gently, with just two performances.  

The first is the Jazz Night.  Regulars to Oborne will have seen the Wriggle Valley Jazz band before.  Expect brilliantly performed trad jazz and dancing in the aisle.  There will be a bar and BBQ too, but please remember to bring cash as we don’t have a card machine.

​The second night is one to bring in the families.  An hour of Disney and all things from family musicals.  Feel free to dress accordingly!

​​The fringe is jointly run by Oborne Village Hall and Opera in Oborne.  Proceeds from these events are shared between the organisations. 

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

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.

2022 Programme:

Carmen – Bizet’s tale of Passion, Obsession and Jealousy!
Friday 19th August and Saturday 20th August, 8pm

Dream Lovers – Coleridge Taylor’s story of inter-culture love.
Saturday 20th August, 3pm.

Open-Air Gala Concert – Four singers, a pianist perform breath-taking arias sprinkled with some well-known show tunes.

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

Christmas Music and Supper nights

December 1st and 8th 2022

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

Miranda Heldt, A Thirties Manhattan Christmas. Miranda, the Jazz Singer from the Ritz will entertain us with some early 20th century jazz. December 1st

Classic Waldorf salad

Pork fillet with glazed ham, baked in pastry with spinach and mushrooms, duchess potatoes,

State fair cream puff

Jon Valender and Friends, an Italian Opera at Christmas. Tenor, Jon Valender and a soprano and pianist will entertain us with classics from the world of Italian opera, with a couple of festive favourites thrown in. December 8th

Classic minestrone soup

Chicken Escalope Milanese, spaghetti arabiatta,