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.

Palm Sunday Procession & Service
Apr 5 @ 10:15 am
Palm Sunday Procession & Service @ dorchester war memorial | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom

Start at the War Memorial for a short procession with donkey down to the Abbey for a Palm Sunday Service to celebrate the arrive of Jesus in Jerusalem.

All ages welcome!

Maundy Thursday Supper
Apr 9 @ 6:30 pm
Maundy Thursday Supper @ Dorchester Abbey

Shared meal, followed by 8pm Communion and stripping of the altar

Please let the Rectory office know if you are going to attend (although you are very welcome even if you don’t!)

Good Friday Devotion
Apr 10 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Good Friday Devotion @ Dorchester Abbey

A 3 hour service of reflection with music, readings and prayers

There will be the opportunity to arrive and leave at points during the Devotion.

CANCELLED – OSJ Brahms German Requiem
Apr 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
CANCELLED - OSJ Brahms German Requiem @ Dorchester Abbey

Brahms Requiem
Faure La Mort de Melisande
Berlioz La Mort d’Ophelie
Sibelius The Death of Melisande

OSJ Voices
Orchestra of St John’s
Conductor John Lubbock

Easter Day Service
Apr 12 @ 10:30 am
Easter Day Service @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom

A Family celebration of Easter day with joyous hymns and a family communion.  Do join us!

English Music Festival
May 22 – May 25 all-day
English Music Festival @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom

The fourteenth Festival of English Music will take place in Oxfordshire from Friday 22nd to Monday 25th May 2020. The annual English Music Festival celebrates the brilliance, innovation, beauty and rich musical heritage of Britain with a strong focus on unearthing overlooked or forgotten masterpieces of the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century.

Launching the Festival at Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire will be the BBC Concert Orchestra, under conductor Gavin Sutherland, to perform a first modern performance of Frederic Cowen’s Symphony no.4, known as ‘The Welsh’, together with a World Première overture by Elgar, and a rare performance of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto, performed by soloist, Rupert Marshall-Luck.

A full programme is available on the website,

Cancelled – Rossini’s – Petite Messe Solennelle
Jun 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Cancelled - Rossini's - Petite Messe Solennelle @ Dorchester Abbey

The centrepiece of BCS’s Summer Concert will be Rossini’s lively classic Petite Messe Solennelle

Nape – Festival of Voices
Jun 15 @ 6:30 pm – Jun 19 @ 8:00 pm
Nape - Festival of Voices @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom

A massed choir of 250 children from 10 different Oxfordshire Primary Schools each evening, accompanied by a youth band and with young guest players. Tickets ordered via participants’ schools or send an SAE to Sue Baker at 4 Silver Birches, Stanton St John, OX331HH.

Requiem in a day – Workshop and Performance
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Requiem in a day - Workshop and Performance @ Dorchester Abbey

Join composer Matthew Coleridge for a day of singing as we learn his stunning REQUIEM, before giving an atmospheric evening performance.

We’ll be joined by cello soloist Sarah Gait, organist Laurence Caldecote and soprano soloist Emily Hicks, as we work through Matthew’s beautiful Requiem.