Events at Dorchester Abbey

For generations people have brought their gifts and skills to enhance the life of Dorchester Abbey and this tradition continues as a huge variety of groups and organisations hire and use the Abbey each year as the venue for a wide and vibrant programme of concerts, theatre, visual arts and other events.

If you would like to hire the Abbey for your event then take a look at our information for hirers.

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Sep 13 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Narnia Workshop - Build our Aslan Sculpture @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | United Kingdom
3:30 pm
Come along and help us to build our Aslan sculpture. All ages welcome!
Sep 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
OSJ Music in the Abbey - Music for Autism with Derek Paravicini @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | United Kingdom
12:00 pm
Derek Paravicini (piano) will put on a concert for people with autism and other disabilities. Admission Free.  Starts at 12pm. No tickets or booking required.
Sep 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
OSJ Music in the Abbey – Derek Paravicini Jazz Quartet @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
The Derek Paravicini Quartet is the new must-hear group, currently wowing audiences all over the UK, following their successful debut on the BBC’s ‘In Tune’ programme. Four stunningly talented young musicians combine to create a unique sound, portraying a kaleidoscope of emotions – now achingly sad, now humorous, now infused with warmth – and all[...]
Sep 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
OSJ Music in the Abbey – Brahms Requiem @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
Brahms Requiem in Brahms’ own arrangement for two pianos OSJ Voices, Ilona Domnich soprano, Jake Muffet baritone Maki Sekiya, Catherine Edwards piano Brahms Songs – Ilona Domnich: Vergebliches ständchen, Wie melodien zieht es mir, Sonntag, Meine lieder; Jake Muffet: Op. 86: Feldeinsamkeit, Nachtwandler, Uber die Heide, Versunken Brahms piano pieces – Maki Sekiya: Op.119 Intermezzo in[...]
Sep 20 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Narnia Workshop - Build our Aslan Sculpture @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | United Kingdom
3:30 pm
Come along and help us to build our Aslan sculpture. All ages welcome!
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
OSJ Music in the Abbey – Jan Schmolck violin recital @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
Violin recital  by Jan Schmolck  with Howard Moody harpsichord and organ. Sonatas for violin and harpsichord by Bach and Handel, the famous Chaconne from Bach’s Partita in d minor for solo violin as well as Improvisations on music by Bach Tickets available via the BOOK TICKETS link below, or by telephone/in person from Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street,[...]
Sep 23 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am
OSJ Music in the Abbey – Rising Stars @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | United Kingdom
7:30 am
REVISED DATE Rising Stars – operatic arias and songs with students of Christine Cairns from the Birmingham Conservatoire Tickets available via the BOOK TICKETS link below, or by telephone/in person from Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford Tel 01865 305305 Members of our ‘Conductors Circle’ mailing list can enter the discount code to get 20% off. Please note the chance below[...]
Sep 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
OSJ Music in the Abbey – Michel Tirabosco pan pipes @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
Michel Tirabosco pan pipes  ‘a prodigy of the pan pipes’ OSJ strings Vivaldi Winter from Four Seasons Bach concerto for 3 harspichords Bach suite no 2 in B minor Piazzolla Tangos: Bordel 1900, Café 1930, Night club 1960 Tchaikovsky string Serenade Tickets available via the BOOK TICKETS link below, or by telephone/in person from Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street,[...]
Sep 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
OSJ Music in the Abbey – Opera Gala @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
Opera gala: Strauss first sequence of waltzes from Der Rosenkavalier Solo arias Hannah Davey soprano: Puccini, Massenet Francesca Saracino: Gounod Hannah Davey: O mio babbino caro Puccini Ilona Domnich soprano: Willow Song and Ave Maria from Verdi’s Otello Strauss sextet from Capriccio Strauss final scene from Der Rosenkavalier OSJ with Ilona Domnich soprano, Hannah Davey soprano, Francesca Saracino[...]
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The 2016 Dorchester Lecture - Sir Charles Pollard QPM @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
Tackling Crime in London and the Thames Valley Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police from 1991 to 2002 Sir Charles was involved in policing the National Front and Socialist Worker demonstrations in 1979, the Winter of Discontent, the Iranian Embassy Siege, the Brighton Bomb, the Hungerford Shooting and the Blackbird Leys riots.  He will be recounting[...]
Oct 4 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Narnia Workshop - Magic Snowflakes
3:30 pm
Come along and create magic snowflakes to add to our Narnia exhibition All ages welcome!
Oct 11 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Narnia Workshop - Magic Snowflakes
3:30 pm
Come along and create magic snowflakes to add to our Narnia exhibition All ages welcome!
Narnia Exhibition @ Dorchester Abbey
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – Nov 22 @ 5:00 pm
Narnia Exhibition @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | United Kingdom
9:00 am
Come & See the white witches castle, Mr Tumnus’s house and become one the the kings or queens of Cair Paravel! Dorchester Abbey will be transformed into Narnia for a whole month. Read more about it with this article from the Door
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm
Narropera presents Cosi fan Tutte @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
Narropera is a new entertainment for enjoying opera, for discovering opera and for understanding opera. It aims to break down barriers of language completely. A three-hour Italian opera is reduced to ninety minutes and three musicians, and presented in word and song, without interruption, as dramatic, entertaining story-telling. The opera fan discovers detail in depth; the[...]
Benson Choral Society @ Dorchester Abbey
Nov 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Benson Choral Society @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
Verdi: Requiem Soprano – Elizabeth Roberts; Mezzo Soprano – Susan Legg; Tenor – Mark Chaundy; Bass – Christopher Foster  
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Oxford Children's Hospital Charitable Fund Christmas Concert @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
Concert time TBC
Dec 4 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
St John Ambulance Christingle Service @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
4:00 pm
 
Hft Coming of Christmas @ Dorchester Abbey
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Hft Coming of Christmas @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
8:00 pm
Join us in the historic Dorchester Abbey for this much loved festive event. The beautiful Abbey will be bathed in the glow of over 1,000 tea lights, as we enjoy festive music performed by the wonderful Magdalen College Choir and some wonderful readings. This year we are delighted to announce that our readers will be[...]
OSJ – Handel’s Messiah @ Dorchester Abbey
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
OSJ – Handel’s Messiah @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
Handel’s Messiah in its original scoring Hannah Davey soprano Roderick Morris counter tenor Christopher Turner tenor Julien van Mellaerts baritone OSJ Voices Orchestra of St John’s John Lubbock conductor Tickets available via the BOOK TICKETS link below, or by telephone/in person from Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford Tel 01865 305305 Members of our ‘Conductors Circle’ mailing list can[...]
PACT Carol Concert @ Dorchester Abbey
Dec 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
PACT Carol Concert @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
7:00 pm
 
Dec 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
RAF Benevolent Fund Concert @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
 
OSJ Christmas Music @ Dorchester Abbey
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
OSJ Christmas Music @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
A choice selection of Christmas music OSJ Ashmolean Voices John Lubbock conductor Tickets available via the BOOK TICKETS link on the OSJ website, or by telephone/in person from Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford Tel 01865 305305 Members of our ‘Conductors Circle’ mailing list can enter the discount code to get 20% off.
OSJ Strauss Gala @ Dorchester Abbey
Dec 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OSJ Strauss Gala @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
7:00 pm
Strauss Gala at Dorchester Abbey, 7pm Wonderful waltzes and polkas mostly by Johann Strauss Junior. Plus well-known tunes from Strauss and Lehar, ‘Turkish movement’ from the Mozart 5th violin concerto, and Kreisler violin favourites with brilliant young violinist Mathilde Milwidsky Orchestra of St John’s John Lubbock conductor Tickets available via the BOOK TICKETS link on the[...]