Another fantastic nine days of music, theatre, literature and art is coming to Beaminster!

We have a fresh new look, a sparkly new website but still retain the now traditional Street Party which starts off the week with a bang.  Local bands, dancing, food stalls, the Pavilion Bar and children’s entertainments all add up to a great way to start our Festival week. At the Community Picnic at the end of the week you are invited to bring all the family and enjoy a relaxed afternoon in the lovely Manor Gardens with a band, stilt walker, circus skills and entertainers.

Concerts at the church feature about 25 different instruments and over 70 composers in a programme that extends from the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge to a wind quintet with piano, the Magnard Ensemble. We have two BBC Young Musicians, Martin James Bartlett giving a Piano Recital and Laura van Heijden playing cello in the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective with Tom Poster. Unusual concerts include the Scott Brothers Duo who play well known exciting orchestral transcriptions on organ and piano, and a song recital The Lives and Loves of Women by Gemma Summerfield, soprano. Early brass music will ring out, performed by the Gabrieli Consort, followed by Cathedral Brass, all highly talented musicians from Wells Cathedral School.

The tempestuous life of Frida Khalo, iconic Mexican artist featured in a current V&A exhibition, is celebrated by Lizzie Ball, voice and violin and Morgan Szymanski, guitar. Frida’s Tree of Hope is also the inspiration for an Art Workshop lead by Frances Hatch, our Artist in Residence who also has an exhibition Sheet Music for Summer at Bridge House.

We welcome Gordon Corera, BBC Security Correspondent who has written Secret Pigeon Service, about the role of carrier pigeon in WWII; Daisy Goodwin, to talk about her book and TV series, Victoria; Helen Rappaport whose book The Race to Save the Romanovs is hot off the press, and Tom Cox gently rambling though the countryside with 21st-Century Yokel. Theatre lovers can enjoy The Winter’s Tale in the magical gardens of Meerhay Manor.

We have raised funding to support an extensive programme of concerts and workshops for schools, special school, care homes and playgroup including a family show Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music.

We extend a very warm welcome both to locals and to visitors to our cherished little West Dorset town and hope you enjoy our wonderful Festival.

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Phone: 01308 862 943