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July 9, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - July 12, 2015 @ 6:00 pm


Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
© courtesy of Kettle’s Yard


Thursday July 9th, 4.00 pm: ‘The poetry is in the pity’ Wilfred Owen
Talk & Performance for Baritone and Quartet:
A talk from musicologist Robert Philip on First World War artists and music which will include a performance of Butterworth’s Love Blows as the Wind Blows for Baritone and String Quartet.
Thursday July 9th, 7.30 pm:
Evening Concert with William Dazeley (Baritone)
Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin for Piano and Winds
Ivor Gurney Sleep for Baritone and Ensemble
Lillie Harris Première of Festival Commission: a new work in memory of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska for Baritone and Ensemble with words by James Crowden
Beethoven Pastoral Symphony no. 6 in F Major, Op. 68,
arranged by Robin O’Neill
A talk and concert commemorating musicians and artists who died or suffered terribly in the First World War. The sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska died in June 1915 and his compatriot Ravel fought in the war, writing his delicious Le tombeau de Couperin in memory of fallen friends. A new work by Lillie Harris from the Royal College of Music commemorates all these artists, with words by poet and broadcaster James Crowden. The Pastoral Symphony, here in a new arrangement by Robin O’Neill, is a perennial favourite with audiences.
Friday July 10th, 4.30 pm (afternoon):
Short Concert with Students from the Royal College of Music
and local school pupils
Friday July 10th, 7.00 pm: Evening Concert
Wagner Siegfried Idyll for Strings and Winds: Ensemble
and Royal College of Music Students
Mozart Serenade No.12 in C minor, K388, for Winds: Ensemble and Royal College of Music Students
Schubert Piano Trio in Bb major, D898
A concert of Classical and Romantic masterpieces. The Gaudier Ensemble is joined in the first half by some of the most advanced students from the Royal College of Music.
Friday July 10th, 10.00 pm: Late Night Gershwin Concert
An hour-long Concert featuring some popular and some lesser known works by George Gershwin, a true giant of twentieth-century American music. Works featured will include his Lullaby for String Quartet, Piano Preludes and arrangements of It Ain’t Necessarily So, Someone To Watch Over Me, I Got Rhythm, and Walking the Dog.
Saturday Saturday July 11th, 11.30 am: Family Concert
Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals with other short, fun and
entertaining works.
A concert for all ages including Saint-Saëns’s masterpiece and other short works from across the classical repertoire.
Saturday Saturday July 11th, 4.00 pm:
Main Concert with William Dazeley (Baritone)
Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune for Ensemble
Mozart Quintet in A major for Clarinet and Strings, K581
Poulenc Le bal masqué for Baritone and Ensemble
Mozart String Quintet no. 2 in C, K515
A concert containing two of Mozart’s greatest Quintets and the lively and entertaining Le bal masqué by Poulenc. Debussy’s impressionistPrélude à l’après-midi d’un faune is one of the most evocative and important works from the twentieth century.
Sunday July 12th, 12.00 noon:
Lunchtime Concert with William Dazeley (Baritone)
Mozart Quartet No.1 in D major for Flute
and Strings, K285
Bruch Trios for Clarinet, Viola and Piano
Mahler Songs of a Wayfarer for Baritone and Ensemble
Mozart Concerto No.12 in A major for Piano
and Strings, K414
Lunchtime fare with a chamber performance of Mahler’s extraordinarily beautiful song cycle. Mozart and Bruch (a close contemporary of Mahler, writing here for an unusual combination of instruments) stand alongside, balancing the intensity of Mahler’s work, for which he wrote the words himself.
Sunday July 12th, 6.00 pm: Evening Concert:
(please note early start)
Françaix Divertissement for Bassoon and Strings
Mozart Quintet in Eb for Piano and Winds, K452
Schubert Octet in F major, D803
A superb concert brings our twenty-fifth Festival to a close. These works, some of the finest in their genre, have become favourites with our festival-goers since the first Festival concert in 1991. All of these works have been recorded by the Gaudier Ensemble – and it has performed the Schubert Octet in many of the major European music festivals. A wonderful celebration of twenty-five years of music making in Cerne Abbas.

The venue is St Mary’s Church. Seating is reversed for the concerts and a specially constructed stage is erected at the West End. Seats are booked in advance and are numbered and reserved. Booking starts approximately eight weeks before the first concert and the more popular concerts are quickly over-subscribed.

The Box Office maintains a large database of those interested in receiving details of the Festival. Ticket application forms are posted to Benefactors, Friends and others on the database in the period from two months to four weeks before the Festival. A booking form can also be downloaded from this website when public booking has opened. It is regretted that we are unable to accept telephone bookings and payment needs to be by cheque or cash.

The address for the Box Office and all correspondence is shown below. If you are interested in joining our mailing list, just write to us and we will be happy to add your name to our database. We have a strict privacy policy and do not share names and addresses with any third party.

The 2015 Festival will run from 9th to 12th July; Priority Booking dates and Box Office opening will be published in due course.

The Festival Office
The Dairy House
7 Barton Farm
Cerne Abbas
Dorchester, DT2 7LF

Telephone: 07527 528673


July 9, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
July 12, 2015 @ 6:00 pm


St Mary’s Church
Abbey Street
Cerne Abbas, DT2 7JQ United Kingdom
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