Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Thursday 18th May at 4pm. TEA WITH MR HARDY at Max gate. The guests are TE Lawrence and Siegfried Sassoon, and the entertainment is a mummers play. Written and directed by Andrew Munro, and performed by members of THE NEW HARDY PLAYERS.
Monday 29th May at noon, 2pm and 4pm. THE NEW HARDY PLAYERS present ' Scenes from A Few Crusted Characters' by Thomas Hardy. Adapted and directed by Penny Levick. Normal National Trust admission applies.
Friday 2nd June. TUNEFUL STORIES at Hardy's Cottage, Bockhampton, Dorchester 1pm-4pm. Tim telling Dorset folktales and singing songs associated with Thomas Hardy's novels and poems. Normal National trust admission applies.
Saturday 3rd June. 'Mr Penny's Workshop'. THE NEW HARDY PLAYERS perform a scene from Under the Greenwood Tree outside County Hall, Top o' Town, Dorchester at approx 5pm as part of the celebrations to mark Thomas Hardy's birthday. Free.
Thursday 8th June. CERNE ABBAS MUSIC FESTIVAL. Election night special!! Tim and Colin Thompson perform a late night folk concert with the Gaudier Ensemble. traditional songs and dances that inspired English composers, from Ralph Vaughan Williams, George Butterworth and Percy Grainger to Benjamin Britten.
Folk songs collected from traditional singers in the early years of the twentieth century have provided some of our best-loved melodies, which seem to represent the very essence of the English countryside. Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson perform a selection of these inspirational songs and dance tunes, and talk about the singers, song collectors and composers, and the search for ' the music of the people'.
St Mary's Church, Cerne Abbas Dorset. 10pm-11pm. Tickets from The Festival Office, 7, Barton Farm, Cerne Abbas, Dorset DT2 7LF tel 07527 528673. Nave seats £14, U18 £7; Aisle and chancel seats £12/ U18 £6. www.cerneabbasmusicfestival.co.uk
Friday 9th June. TUNEFUL STORIES at Max Gate, Alington Avenue, Dorchester. 1pm to 4pm.
Saturday 10th June. Tim performing a solo club gig at Elsie's folk club, The Queens Arms, Cowden Pound, Kent TN85NP. 8pm start.
Wednesday 21st June. New Hardy Players present an hour of poetry by Thomas Hardy and some of the writers that he admired. 3pm-4pm. Normal National Trust admission applies.
Friday 23rd June. the Hambledon Hopstep Band [caller Angela Laycock] , Steps in Time, White Horse Morris at the Filly Loo, Ashmnore, near Shaftesbury, Dorset from 7.30pm until dark. The perfect way to celebrate midsummer.
Saturday 1st July. A barn dance as part of the open day at Bellamont House, Long Bredy. House open 1pm to 5pm. Barn dance 3pm to 4.30pm. Caller Angela Laycock, band Tim Laycock and friends [ including members of Tatterdemalion]. Country dancing in a spectacular and unique rural setting.
Thursday 6th July. The New Hardy Players present HIGH TEA WITH MR HARDY at Max Gate. The guests on this occasion are Sir James Barrie and his secretary Lady Cynthia Asquith. The tea is set in 1921, and the entertainment is scenes from Barrie's play peter Pan, performed by children from the National school in Bell street. Delicious cakes, music, drama and crocodiles! written and directed by Tim Laycock. The performance commences at 5pm. Normal National Trust admission applies.
Saturday 15th July at 7.30pm. The Ridgeway singers at St Lawrence's Church, Upwey, Dorset. A programme of folksongs and West Gallery songs, dance tunes and local readings form the Ridgeway singers and Band, directed by Phil Humphries and Tim LAycock. conductor Phil Humphries. This concert will feature a few of the folksngs collected in Upwey from Marina Russell in 1906/7.
Saturday 5th August. the Ridgeway Singers at the Poundbury Food Fair, Queen Mother Square, Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset. The Singers and Band will be performing two sets of soings and dance tunes during the afternoon; times tbc.