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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Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 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[...]
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Thames Consort  concert in support of YoCO @ Dorchester Abbey
7:30 pm
Thames Consort and friends directed by Jeremy Boughton in support of YoCO Youth Challenge Oxfordshire. Vocal and instrumental music by Mozart, Handel, Vivaldi and Sweelink featuring Sharon Warnes and Claire Parkin – violin, Judith Dallosso – cello and Glyne Stackhouse – organ.
World class pianist Yu Kosuge - fundraiser for Helen and Douglas House @ Dorchester Abbey
7:00 pm
Yu Kosuge at Dorchester Abbey World class music for world class care: an elegant evening of music from award winning, classical pianist Yu Kosuge, in this stunning historical setting of Dorchester Abbey, in aid of Oxfordshire’s Helen & Douglas House, supporting terminally ill children and their families. Saturday 23rd march, Doors open 6:30. Yu Kosuge[...]
Apr 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
OSJ - Schubert's Stabat Mater
6:00 pm
Schubert Stabat Mater in F minor Bach cantata 82 ‘Ich habe genug’ Verdi Stabat Mater Ilona Domnich soprano Xavier Hetherington tenor Jake Muffet baritone Orchestra of St Johns OSJ Voices John Lubbock conductor
May 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Oneness-Dream male a cappella concert @ Dorchester Abbey
10:30 am
Oneness-Dream is a male voice a cappella singing group whose members follow the spiritual teachings of Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007).
Dorchester Festival @ Dorchester Abbey
May 3 – May 19 all-day
Dorchester Festival @ Dorchester Abbey
12:00 am
Dorchester Festival is an amazing 60+ events raising money for Dorchester Abbey and, in 2019, Style Acre. Come and see The Tallis Scholars, sing with John Rutter, folk with Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, dance to Jazz, race ducks, find scarecrows, laugh with Angela Barnes, cook and do historical trails and much much more!
May 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
A Big Band Night at the Oscars @ Dorchester Abbey
7:30 pm
A night on the red carpet of Hollywood with a programme of music straight from the Oscars with the BBC Elstree Concert Band! Every memorable piece from West Side Story to Superman has won a prestigious Academy award. The Oxford Collutorium Choir will be joining the incredible sound of this big band as it makes[...]
May 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Folk Night with Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys and Jackie Oates @ Dorchester Abbey Festival Tent
7:30 pm
Our first Festival folk night kicks off with a great double bill of award winning young folk artists. Whether you enjoy the smooth tones & fiddle of Jackie Oates or the big sound of Sam Kelly and his band, it’ll be a night to remember!
Cate Cody Jazz Supper @ Dorchester Abbey Festival Tent
May 7 @ 7:15 pm – 10:00 pm
Cate Cody Jazz Supper @ Dorchester Abbey Festival Tent
7:15 pm
Be prepared to be wrapped in the smooth tones of the Great American Songbook and the swinging classics of the golden age of jazz, all played by masters of the art Returning to the Festival by popular demand, superb vocalist Cate Cody will entertain with her sophisticated 1930s style vocal jazz supported by a great[...]
Comedy Night with Angela Barnes @ Dorchester Abbey Festival Tent
May 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Comedy Night with Angela Barnes @ Dorchester Abbey Festival Tent
7:30 pm
Always one of the most popular events of the Festival! Don’t miss this great night out fronted by the amazing queen of Radio comedy Angela Barnes.
The Tallis Scholars @ Dorchester Abbey
May 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Tallis Scholars @ Dorchester Abbey
7:30 pm
The internationally acclaimed Tallis Scholars combine their perfect a capella sound with the fabulous Dorchester Abbey acoustics to make this the unmissable concert of the Festival week. With over 2,000 concerts and a catalogue of award-winning recordings, Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars have done more than any other group to establish sacred vocal music[...]
Out of the Blue @ Dorchester Abbey
May 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Out of the Blue @ Dorchester Abbey
7:30 pm
Oxford’s all-male a cappella group and semi-finalists of Britain’s Got Talent showcase their award-winning combination of vibrant vocals, outrageously unprofessional choreography and occasionally intentional comedy!
Romeo & Juliet @ Dorchester Abbey
May 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Romeo & Juliet @ Dorchester Abbey
7:30 pm
Come and experience Shakespeare’s most famous story of love as it fills the space of our ancient Abbey with romance, sword fighting action, tragedy and comedy.
Romeo & Juliet @ Dorchester Abbey
May 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Romeo & Juliet @ Dorchester Abbey
7:30 pm
Come and experience Shakespeare’s most famous story of love as it fills the space of our ancient Abbey with romance, sword fighting action, tragedy and comedy.
Romeo & Juliet @ Dorchester Abbey
May 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Romeo & Juliet @ Dorchester Abbey
7:30 pm
Come and experience Shakespeare’s most famous story of love as it fills the space of our ancient Abbey with romance, sword fighting action, tragedy and comedy.
Romeo & Juliet @ Dorchester Abbey
May 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Romeo & Juliet @ Dorchester Abbey
7:30 pm
Come and experience Shakespeare’s most famous story of love as it fills the space of our ancient Abbey with romance, sword fighting action, tragedy and comedy.