Our Events

Our Events Programme for PAW 2020 – Cancelled (please see our Virtual Events page for online viewing)

Saturday 23rd May, St James’ Kingston, 7.30pm

A Reawakening: Cantatas by the Bach family with Mark Chambers (countertenor), Rachel Podger (violin) and Sestina, semi-staged with 8 singers, 6 strings + keyboard

Through works by JS and JC Bach and in a concert staging by Thomas Guthrie, Sestina take us on an evocative journey exploring themes of life, death and renewal. Bach’s Easter cantata is juxtaposed with a wedding cantata and the great Chaconne from Bach’s Partita for solo violin performed by an unsurpassed interpreter.

Sunday 24th May, Harman’s Cross Village Hall, 7.30pm

Transformations: casting in geology and art

Juliet Haysom supported by local experts will discuss the physical transformations of materials over time. Taking cues from geology (such as the trace and body fossils found in Purbeck’s limestone beds, Kimmeridge shales) as well as from moments in the histories of art and architecture, Juliet will explore the poetic qualities and creative potential of translating negative space into positive form.

Monday 25th May, Lady St Mary, Wareham, 6.30pm

Bold as Brass: the evolution of the trombone Adrian France quartet plus Joe Arnold quartet. The evolution of the sackbut and trombone from the medieval to the modern. From the baroque to Hoagy Carmichael.

Wednesday 27th May, Emmanuel Baptist church, Swanage, 7.30pm

Celebrating our Musicians A programme with local musicians coordinated by Annie Campbell.

Friday 29th May, Encombe House, 10.15 for 11.30am

Coffee concert with Eluned Pierce and Hugh Webb playing harp transcriptions by Bach, Handel, Faure and other composers in a tranquil setting. Enjoy the gardens and lake both before and after the recital.

Saturday 30th May, Lady St Mary, Wareham, 6.30pm

Au Naturel. I Fagiolini return by popular demand to help us celebrate the seasons with music by Monteverdi, Schutz, Brahms, Poulenc and other composers from across the ages. The sequence has been inspired by the paintings of Peter Bruegel.

Sunday 31st May, Holy Spirit & St Edward’s Catholic Church, Swanage, 7.30pm

Boccherini Stabat Mater, Miranda Fulleylove string quintet + Alison Ponsford-Hill (soprano) perform this moving and lyrical set of movements which surpasses the perhaps better known version by Pergolesi in the variety of moods it conveys. Plus The Lady Killers string quintet.

Monday 1st June, The Globe Inn, Swanage, 7.30pm

Poetry where you bring your own and hear what others have created.

Thursday 4th June, Harman’s Cross Village Hall, 7.30pm

Mapping the Manors An illustrated talk by Mary Sparks on the maps of Purbeck and what they reveal about the changing face of our landscape, its ownership and the resulting implications for local people. She will also talk in more detail about the history of Aflington and its Manor from the Doomsday survey through the tithe maps of 1838 to the more modern period. We aim to have a display of copies of some old maps.

Friday 5th June, St George’s, Langton Matravers, 7.30pm

Beethoven cello sonatas performed by Robin Michael (cello) & Daniel Tong (piano) with an introduction by the broadcaster and music critic Richard Wigmore celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with his E flat variations of a theme from Mozart’s Magic Flute and three cello sonatas.

Saturday 6th June, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Swanage, 6.30pm

The Fieri Consort with Chelys Consort of Viols perform a programme based around Michael East’s madrigals for voices and viols interspersed with fantasies for five viols which tell a story of love, despair and triumph. Music by Gibbons and Byrd will also feature.