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Christchurch Priory Music and Arts Festival 2014

Last updated Monday, 19 May, 2014

Welcome to Christchurch Priory’s major Festival for 2014.

There are lots of exciting and excellent events taking place. This festival allows us both to celebrate what happens here – especially the services on Trinity Sunday and the concert for the 50th Anniversary of the Friends of the Priory - and to welcome what we hope will be a very substantial number of people through the doors of our Priory church, and of our daughter churches, as a way of sharing it with them. We are also pleased to be working in close association with the different schools of the parish, both through music workshops and art displays.


Booking for all concerts is now open through The Regent Centre, 51 High Street, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 1AS.  Book online at www.regentcentre.co.uk or call 01202 499199


 Hugh Morris                                                  Colin Bacchus

Artistic Director                                            Festival Administrator

priorymusic@btinternet.com                        festival@christchurchpriory.org

07890 288214                                               01425 278862


 View the programme as a PDF brochure by clicking here

Sunday 15th June

9.30 Festival Eucharist, with Christchurch Priory Choir

11.30 Festival Matins, with Christchurch Priory Choir

15.00 Bournemouth Symphony Youth Chorus

The training choir for the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus

A special concert with the BSYC, under the direction of their conductor Jean Holt, accompanied by Chris Dowie. This concert celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Friends of Christchurch Priory.

Admission free – retiring collection. Refreshments available.

18.30 Festival Evensong, with Christchurch Priory Choir

Including the premiere of a new anthem written specially for the occasion by Andrew Elliott.

 Monday 16th June

10.00 Schools workshop with the Scott Brothers Duo

19.30         The Scott Brothers Duo in concert

Acclaimed Manchester-based Jonathan and Tom Scott present a concert using the Priory’s fabulous 4000-pipe Nicholson organ and Yamaha grand piano. They have performed at all the major UK concert halls, as well as at venues throughout Europe, South America and the Far East. A dynamic, entertaining programme, including projected animations and a wide range of music to suit all tastes, with both players on view.

Tickets £15, £10 (children and under 25s in full time education half price)

Tuesday 17th June

12.30 Baroque delights: Music for Oboe and Harpsichord

Oboist Phil Gibbs and Priory Director of Music Hugh Morris present a programme of Baroque delicacies in the intimate surroundings of the Priory Great Quire.

Admission free – retiring collection. Refreshments available.

 19.30 The David Rees-Williams Trio

Featuring David Rees-Williams on piano, Neil Francis on bass guitar and Phil Laslett on drums, The David Rees-Williams Trio present a programme that unites the best of classical and jazz. The Trio have received outstanding reviews both for their live concerts and extensive CD catalogue, and tour widely. Come and hear their classically inspired cross-over style in the Priory’s soaring acoustic.

Tickets £15, £10 (children and under 25s in full time education half price)

 Wednesday 18th June

12.30 Michael Broadway (pianola)

If you only associate the pianola with Victorian drawing rooms, then come and be enlightened. Pianola virtuoso Michael Broadway uses his pianola push-up to put our Yamaha grand piano through its paces. The audience that heard him on his last visit in 2010 have long been asking for a return!

Admission free – retiring collection. Refreshments available.

Wednesday 18th June

19.30 St. Georges Church, Jumpers (note venue)

Alani String Quartet

A delightful evening of chamber music in the more intimate setting of the Priory’s daughter church, St George’s, including Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Vivaldi Four Seasons and Dvorak’s American Quartet.

Tickets £10, £7.50

Thursday 19th June

12.30 Geoffrey Morgan (Organ): Best of British

No one knows better than our own Priory Organist Geoffrey Morgan how to get a kaleidoscope of colour from the Nicholson pipe organ. He has a legendary reputation for his playing and his entertaining programmes, and it is not without reason that his recitals at the Priory attract the biggest audiences of all. Console on view.

Admission free – retiring collection. Refreshments available.


19.30 BackBeat Percussion Quartet

BackBeat Percussion Quartet celebrate their 18th year together in style with an exciting programme of music for percussion featuring a wide variety of instruments and musical genres with plenty of visual and theatrical fireworks thrown in!

Tickets £15, £10 (Under 25s in full time education half price)

Friday 20th June

10.00 Schools workshop with BackBeat Percussion Quartet

14.00 The Iris Ensemble

After a sensational trio concert in the Priory in 2012, and solo piano concert in 2013, acclaimed and award-winning pianist Karim Said returns with the Iris Ensemble to present a varied programme, including Messiaen’s visionary Quartet for the End of Time.

Admission free – retiring collection. Refreshments available.


19.00 I will sing with the Spirit – Christchurch Priory Choir

A rare chance to hear the combined boys’, girls’ and mens’ choirs from Priory in concert. The choirs have gained a reputation over the last few years for the quality and musicianship of their singing. Hugh Morris and Mary Goodman (Conductors), with Geoffrey Morgan (Organ).

Tickets £10, £5

 Saturday 21st June

12.30 Stephanie Liney (Harp) – St John’s Mission church, Purewell

(note venue)

St John’s makes for a suitably peaceful setting for a varied recital of harp music from an experienced and skilled local musician. Admission free – retiring collection.

Saturday 21st June

19.30 Mendelssohn Elijah. Bournemouth Bach Choir

Tim Hooper directs the Bournemouth Bach Choir, with orchestra and soloists, together with Highcliffe Junior Choir in this performance of Mendelssohn’s epic oratorio setting of the story of Elijah, as a fitting finale to the Festival. Book early to avoid disappointment!

 Tickets £17/£14/£10 (children and under 25s in full time education half price)

 Throughout the Festival, the Priory will be decorated with artwork produced by the four schools in our Parish. Viewing of this is possible outside the times of the concerts listed above.

 All tickets are on sale through The Regent Centre, 51 High Street, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 1AS.  Book online at www.regentcentre.co.uk or call 01202 499199