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.[event_board]

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Sep
21
Sat
OSJ Music in the Abbey
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
OSJ Music in the Abbey @ Dorchester Abbey

Music in the Abbey 2019

Brahms Tragic Overture
Bruckner Motets
Brahms violin concerto, soloist Jan Schmolck

Orchestra of St John’s
OSJ Ashmolean Voices
John Lubbock conductor

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Sep
22
Sun
HENGE19 Art installation and exhibition
Sep 22 @ 11:00 am – Sep 23 @ 5:00 pm
HENGE19 Art installation and exhibition @ Abbey Guest House

HENGE19
Art installation and Dorchester Primary School Exhibition

There can be few areas which present such a wealth of early remains of a variety to suit the tastes of archaeologists no matter what period they may favour.’

G. W. G. Allen. – Oxoniensia – 1938

HENGE will be a celebration of Dorchester’s ancient landscape during the Autumn Equinox. It will consist of two parts:

Firstly a modern interpretation of a Henge will stand on the Hurst Water Meadow. The event will resemble a Neolithic ritual as visitors approach along a processional way or Cursus. The ritual will commence and conclude with the blowing of a ram’s horn and contain song and spoken poetry.

Secondly an exhibition of artwork including paintings, photographs and prints in the Abbey Guest House. 13 artists have been working in response to a brief set by artist Miranda Creswell. This will be an unusual display where artists will be asked to explain how they have responded to Dorchester’s ancient landscape.

Those brave participating artists are:
Anna Dillon, Chris Baines, Christine Payne, Edward Metcalfe, Ian Brace, Jane McDonald, Jim Robinson, Mari Metcalfe, Nick Hamilton, Nicky Cooney, Patricia Drew, Rosie Southon, Sophia Stewart-Liberty.

Discover Miranda’s drawings entitled ‘Lifting the Gaze’ displayed on the Water Meadow from September 14th to October 1st.

Save these Dates

Installation for one night only: Friday 20th September, Hurst Water Meadow 7.30. Entrance free, donations welcome
Private View: by invitation, Saturday 21st September. Abbey Guest House, 7.00
Public Opening: Sunday 22nd 11.00 – 5.00 Abbey Guest House. Sunday 22nd 12.30 – 15.30 Dorchester Abbey
St Birinus’ School: exhibition in Dorchester Abbey, subject to events schedule and services

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St Birinus Legacy scheme – launch
Sep 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
St Birinus Legacy scheme - launch @ Dorchester Abbey

St Birinus Legacy Scheme

You are invited to join us at 4pm on Sunday 22 September in the Abbey for the launch of the new Dorchester Abbey legacy scheme.

Over refreshments you will hear

• a talk about the Jesse Window

• information about the new legacy scheme

• advice on leaving a legacy from legal representatives

If you have already remembered the Abbey in your will we would be delighted to welcome you for tea!

RSVP to events@dorchester-abbey.org.uk or phone 01865 340007

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Sep
26
Thu
The Dorchester Lecture: The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Dorchester Lecture: The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy @ Dorchester Abbey

Millennials: Faith in the Future
7.30pm Thursday 26th September
Dorchester Abbey
What do faith, religion and spirituality look like for the emerging generation? Specifically, are young people ‘spiritual but not religious’ or ‘believing without belonging’? What cultural issues do we have in society in relation to faith and belief – and what happens to ethics/morality when it is not rooted in a religious tradition?

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Sep
28
Sat
Oxford Historic Churches Trust – seminar – Churches for Mission and the Community Make your church building a resource for the future
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Oxford Historic Churches Trust - seminar - Churches for Mission and the Community Make your church building a resource for the future @ Dorchester Abbey

This all-day event is jointly sponsored by OHCT, the Abbey, and the Diocese of Oxford. It is planned as a valuable source of help and encouragement to all who are striving to ensure their church is broadly valued, well used, and preserved for the future. Click here for more details.

We shall have brief plenary sessions delivered by national speakers about how important ‘friends’ groups can be for the future of our churches, about the challenges, and about the support that is available; and there will be workshops to promote discussion on a wide range of pertinent topics.

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Oct
12
Sat
OSJ Music in the Abbey
Oct 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
OSJ Music in the Abbey @ Dorchester Abbey

Music in the Abbey 2019

Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
Haegee Lee soprano, David Lee tenor
alto, bass
Piano and organ accompaniment

John Lubbock conductor

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Nov
18
Mon
Adult Christmas Craft Workshops
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Adult Christmas Craft Workshops @ Abbey Guest House

Come and get in the mood for the festive season in the Abbey Guest House by creating something new for your Christmas decorations! We will be offering you the opportunity to make a textile Christmas Tree Wall Hanging on Monday morning, 18th November, and a freestanding ‘Book’ Angel and an Angel Garland on Tuesday afternoon 26 November. We will demonstrate the crafts but there is scope for your own creative interpretation, if you prefer!

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Nov
26
Tue
Adult Christmas Craft Workshops
Nov 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Adult Christmas Craft Workshops @ Abbey Guest House

Come and get in the mood for the festive season in the Abbey Guest House by creating something new for your Christmas decorations! We will be offering you the opportunity to make a textile Christmas Tree Wall Hanging on Monday morning, 18th November, and a freestanding ‘Book’ Angel and an Angel Garland on Tuesday afternoon 26 November. We will demonstrate the crafts but there is scope for your own creative interpretation, if you prefer!

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Nov
30
Sat
Benson Choral Society Winter Concert
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Benson Choral Society Winter Concert @ Dorchester Abbey

The first concert of our new season focuses on those three masters of the Baroque period, Bach, Handel and Vivaldi.
Bach’s setting of the Magnificat is a splendid ceremonial piece with grand choral gestures and brilliant orchestration,
contrasted with a selection of solo arias and duets. Handel’s Chandos Anthem Let us praise the Lord is similarly
contrasted, one of the first works to display his inimitable choral style. Vivaldi is represented by two less well-known
works, Beatus Vir for choir and soloists, and one of his many concertos for Strings.

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Dec
7
Sat
Make We Joy Now In This Fest by the York Waits
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Make We Joy Now In This Fest by the York Waits @ Dorchester Abbey

A musical journey through the seasonal celebrations of medieval and renaissance Europe. The programme starts at home with a selection from the rich source of 15th-century English carols, including works from Yorkshire manuscripts. We move to the uplifting chorales of Lutheran Germany, before travelling to the wonderfully simple and atmospheric noels, folk songs and dances from the Mediterranean. Performed on The Waits’ wide range of period instruments including shawms & sackbuts, curtals, recorders great and small, bagpipes, fiddles, harp, rebec, gittern, portative organ, hurdy-gurdy and percussion. Vocals from Deborah Catterall.

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