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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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
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 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[...]