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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Oct 20 2018 – Jan 6 2019 all-day
Light - A Spiritual Journey @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
12:00 am
a multimedia installation in Dorchester Abbey Exhibition Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 9am-4.30pm, Sunday 12noon-4.30pm Come and embark on a spiritual journey through images from the Hubble space telescope accompanied specially commissioned music by Dr Tim Cook. A mini pilgrimage down the Cloister Gallery set against the maxi pilgrimage of the movement of the planets[...]
OSJ Handel’s Messiah @ Dorchester Abbey
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
OSJ Handel's Messiah @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
Handels Messiah in the exciting new orchestration for wind by John Lubbock OSJ Voices Orchestra of St John’s John Lubbock conductor Soloists Hannah Davey, Charlotte Tetley mezzo, John Findon tenor, William Thomas bass
Village Carol Singing @ The Fleur de Lys Pub
Dec 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Village Carol Singing @ The Fleur de Lys Pub | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
6:00 pm
Come and join the Abbey Choir Carol Singing around the village to raise money for charity followed by mulled wine and mince pies.  All ages and abilities welcome!
Carols by Candlelight @ Dorchester Abbey
Dec 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Carols by Candlelight @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
6:00 pm
One of the highlights of the musical year at Dorchester Abbey, this beautiful service takes place in a candlelit Abbey and is packed with all your favourite carols and some lovely new music led by our brilliant Abbey choir and our Music Director Jeremy Boughton.
Dec 24 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Crib Service & Nativity Play @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
4:30 pm
Our popular Nativity Play produced by Boost! Drama with as many local children as can be fitted in.  Come and enjoy this fabulous celebration of all that is important about Christmas with the Dorchester tradition of a live Baby Jesus to add to the fun. Come dressed as an angel,king, shepherd (or even a sheep!)[...]
Midnight Mass @ Dorchester Abbey
Dec 24 @ 11:30 pm – Dec 25 @ 12:15 am
Midnight Mass @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
11:30 pm
Step into Christmas Day with this beautiful Eucharist Service celebrating the birth of Jesus.
Dec 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
OSJ - New Year's Eve Strauss Gala @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
7:00 pm
Wonderful waltzes and polkas mostly by Johann Strauss Junior, plus well-known songs and arias from Strauss and Lehar. Including final scene, act I of La Boheme Featuring: Orchestra of St John’s with John Lubbock (conductor), Christopher Turner (tenor), and Hannah Davey (mezzo soprano)
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Corona Strings Best of Britain @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
Two great classics of British music for strings, Ralph Vaughan Williams’s inspired Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis along with Edward Elgar’s magnificent Introduction and Allegro, form the backbone of this programme. We give a rare performance of the magnificent Sea Sketches by Welsh composer Grace Williams and Gerald Finzi’s beautiful Eclogue with piano[...]
Mar 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
University of South Dakota Chamber Singers @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
2:00 pm
Chamber Singers is the premiere vocal ensemble at the University of South Dakota. It is comprised of graduate and undergraduate students selected through audition from the entire university student body. Known to critics for “creating a choral concert of stunning beauty and musical understanding,” its repertoire, which is primarily a cappella, includes music from the[...]