Come and Sing Puccini

The Beaminster Singers, accompanied by Antony Saunders on the piano, are offering singers a chance to taste the delights of Puccini’s dramatic and tuneful Messa di Gloria.

Puccini wrote Messa di Gloria in 1880 when he was just twenty-two years old. The piece displays a youthful joie de vivre more akin to the operatic stage than the liturgy of the church.

The event takes place on September 22nd at St Mary’s Church Beaminster. The day begins at 10.00 and will be spent reading through and studying this exciting piece with a couple of breaks for lunch and tea.

The day concludes at 17:00 with an informal performance of the work including the inspirational tenor and baritone solos.

Please come and join us.

For further details on the timetable, fees, and to book your place visit the Beaminster Singers website –


Christian Aid Solar Stories Event

Our friends at Christian Aid have sent details of a free event where you can learn about the charity’s Harvest Appeal and work in Ethiopia.

Solar Stories at Hilfield Friary

Wednesday 5th September, Hilfield Friary, Dorchester, DT2 7BE

Join us at 10.00 to hear about Christian Aid’s Harvest Appeal featuring stories of solar power in Ethiopia and stay on to find out how solar is being used at the Friary:

10.00 Coffee and Christian Aid harvest presentation
11.00 Hilfield Friary solar tour and Autumn trail with Brother Hugh
12.00 Chapel service.  You are very welcome to bring a packed lunch and stay on to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere at the Friary.

The event is free but please call Christian Aid on 023 8070 6969 to book your place.   More information at the Christian Aid website.

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