Sunday 6 September – Natalie Clein
There are still a few tickets remaining for this month’s Coffee Concert in St James Church being given by Natalie Clein and Friends as part of her Purbeck Chamber Music Festival, the first of three concerts in the church over the next three months. At the concert, on Sunday, September 6, at 12.30, she will play Bach’s second Cello Suite in D minor and make up a string quartet with friends to play music by Erwin Schulhoff.Coffee and biscuits will be served from noon. Tickets at £16 (students £2) can be bought via the Festival website, purbeck-chambermusic.org.uk, Wareham Tourist Information Centre or from the box office on 0333 666 3366.
Saturday 31 October – Ninebarrow
October’s concert brings a very different kind of music to St James in the shape of Ninebarrow, the award-winning Dorset-based folk duo, Jon Witley and Jay Labouchadiere. The pair has rapidly earned an enviable reputation for their original songs as well as for their distinctive take on traditional material and are now in demand all over the country. Ever since experiencing the exceptional acoustic of the church, they have wanted to return to give a full-blown concert there and have now found a date, namely Saturday, 31 October. The concert will begin at 7.30pm but the doors will be open from 7pm for drinks. Tickets costing £9 can be obtained via the www.ninebarrow.co.ukwebsite, or at a cost of £11 on the door.
Sunday 29 November – West Gallery Carol Concert
The third concert in St James on Sunday, 29 November, at 4pm, heralds the onset of Christmas in the form of a West Gallery Carol Concert, a programme of carols, folksongs, dance tunes and stories from South Dorset led by folksinger and actor Tim Laycock and Mellstock Band serpent player Phil Humphries.The group was formed by Artsreach three years ago to explore the musical heritage of the South Dorset Ridgeway area and surrounding communities. In the repertoire of the Ridgeway Singers, Thomas Hardy’s Old Bockhampton Carols such as ‘Remember Adam’s Fall’ and ‘Rejoice, Ye Tenants of the Earth’ rub shoulders with ‘The Mariner’s Hornpipe’ and Hardy’s favourite fiddle tune ‘Enrico’. We are promised ‘absorbing and joyful music, and pure Dorset!’