CONCERTS

Our concerts resume on 21 October with a recital by Joseph Spooner (cello) & Duncan Honeybourne (piano)


This autumn we are trialling a new system to allow us to comply with social distancing arrangements in the church

All concerts take place at St Mary’s Church, St Mary Street, Weymouth DT4 8PU

We will present two socially-distanced concerts, at 12 noon and 1.15pm (same performer and programme). Each concert will last 45 minutes.

No increase in ticket prices this autumn – our concerts remain at £5 per person.

If possible, please book your tickets online in advance using the ticket link. Otherwise, please try and bring the exact money on the day.

Doors will open 10 minutes before the start of each performance. To avoid queueing or congregating in the church foyer, please do not arrive any earlier than 10 minutes before the start of the concert.

We will not be able to hand out printed programmes, but performers will introduce the programme, and programme details will be posted on this site, in our email communications with you, and on our Facebook page.

We regret there will be no refreshments before the concerts


Wednesday 21st October at 12 noon and 1.15pm

JOSEPH SPOONER – cello

DUNCAN HONEYBOURNE – piano

PROGRAMME

Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 63 (1978) – Ruth Gipps (1921-1999)

Contemporary Piano Soundbites – various composers TBA

Ahead of a recording of Ruth Gipps’ Sonata for Cello & Piano to mark the centenary of her birth, we are delighted to welcome back cellist Joseph Spooner.

To coincide with the release of his new Contemporary Piano Soundbites CD, Duncan will perform a selection of pieces which he commissioned during lockdown.

The original aim of the Piano Soundbites project was, in Duncan’s words, “to harness the zeitgeist of our present situation, to bring comfort and enjoyment to a large ready-made audience stuck at home, to aid musicians badly affected by the “cultural lockdown” and to add to the contemporary repertoire, creating an artistic keepsake of this extraordinary phase in our lives. Contemporary Piano Soundbites is a collection of solo piano miniatures composed, directly or indirectly, in response to the 2020 coronavirus crisis.”

Each miniature from this project was premiered in a video recording, posted online on our YouTube channel, with donations invited in support of Help Musicians UK. To date, the project has raised over £2000 and proceeds from sales of the CD will also be donated to the charity. The project is a united gesture of support by and for musicians at a time of great concern and hardship. Duncan Honeybourne’s aim is that, “as well as supporting our colleagues, the connection will provide a snapshot of reflections and musings by some of the finest composers of our time at a unique and unprecedented moment in our history.”


Wednesday 25 November at 12 noon and 1.15pm

JOSEPH SPOONER – cello

DUNCAN HONEYBOURNE – piano

PROGRAMME

Sonata for Cello & Piano (1957) – Gordon Jacob (1895-1984)

Contemporary Piano Soundbites – various composers TBA

Joseph Spooner returns to Weymouth to perform Gordon Jacob’s Sonata for Cello & Piano


Wednesday 16 December at 12 noon and 1.15pm

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Dorset Carols and seasonal piano music


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