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PUBLISHED: 16:34 22 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:32 20 February 2013

Set in the heart of rural Dorset, Milton Abbey Music Festival 2012 offers a visual and musical feast over the August Bank Holiday weekend.


VENUE Milton Abbey and surrounding venues

DATES: 24-27 AUGUST 2012

Set in the heart of rural Dorset, Milton Abbey Music Festival 2012 offers a visual and musical feast over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The festival brings together a professional orchestra, 3 choirs, a fantastic young jazz quartet from London and talented guitarist from Bryanston School. The venues include the magnificent Abbey Church, a 12th century chapel hidden in woods above the Abbey and the charming St James Church in Milton Abbas.

This years highlights include:

MOZART EVENING Requiem, Salzburg Symphony & Exsultate, jubilate

JAZZ MOODS with the Zena James Funky Jazz Quartet

GUITAR VIRTUOSITY with Bryanston Schools Ed Graves

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA solos and choruses from Purcell to Delibes

CANDLELIT MEDITATION music for Voice and Guitar by Hildegard, Bach and Purcell

In addition to these concerts, there are choral services in the 3 churches, a walk through the local countryside and a guided tour of Milton Abbey. The Festival programme has been put together by David Everett, the Festival Director, and the Festivals Committee. David also conducts the 3 Festival choirs the Festival Singers, Chamber Choir and semi-professional octet - Excelsior, which comprise singers from Dorset and beyond. Away from the Festival, David is to be found conducting The Orlando Singers, The Broadstone Choir and Wessex Chamber Orchestra. The resident accompanist for the weekend is Graham Scott, whilst his wife, Christina, leads the orchestra: both these gifted musicians are on the staff of Bryanston School.

For many, Milton Abbey was made famous as Bamfield School in the BBCs classic version of R F Delderfields To Serve Them All My Days. Only a few miles from Blandford and Dorchester, Milton Abbey, and the nearby village of Milton Abbas, have the atmosphere redolent of a bygone age. They provide an idyllic setting for one of Dorsets oldest festivals.

Tickets are available via the Festivals website www.miltonabbeyfestival.co.uk and by ringing the Festival Box Office 01258 454331


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