Sunday 1 December 2019

More Delights from the Box

Church House, Wimborne Minster, Dorset

Seasonal favourites from the worlds of opera, art song and music theatre to capture the joys of Christmas, with Miku Yasukawa, soprano, Daniel Gray Bell, tenor, Marc Verter, piano, and surprise guests.

Thursday 21 November 2019

A Shropshire Lad and a Wiltshire Lass

Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury

Recital by Wiltshire-born Siân Dicker, soprano, winner of the Nigel Beale First Prize in the 2018 Hurn Court Opera Singing Competition, and Michael Lafferty, baritone, Second Prizewinner in the 2018 Competition, accompanied by Ashley Beauchamp, piano.


Programme included Rossini’s Largo al Factotum from The Barber of Seville, Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad, plus arias and duets by Mozart and Nicolai, songs by Richard Strauss, Duparc, Meyerbeer, Brahms and Mendelssohn, and English songs by Head, Parry, Larsen and Lehmann.

Siân Dicker

Michael Lafferty

Ashley Beauchamp

Sunday 6 October 2019

Prizewinners' Recital

Merley House, Wimborne, Dorset


Featuring winners of the 2019 Hurn Court Opera Singing Competition in a programme of Handel, Monteverdi and Purcell, through Grieg and Rangström, Smetana and Dvorak, and Johann Strauss, to Cecilia McDowall and Britten:

Milly Forrest, soprano

winner of the Nigel Beale First Prize and the Wendy Blamire Award

Alexander Simpson, countertenor 

winner of the Rosalind Armstrong Second Prize and the Tony Lowrey Audience Prize

with Hamish Brown, piano

Sunday 7 July 2019


Hurn Court Opera Singing Competition 2019

Kimmeridge Theatre, Bournemouth University


Semi-finals and finals of this national competition for singers aged between 20 and 28 years.



Dr Claire Rutter, international soprano (Chair)

Roderick Kennedy, Artistic Director, Dorset Opera Festival

Sir Simon Keenlyside, international baritone

Click here for competition results.

Sunday 9 June 2019

The John Seldon Masterclass


Dr Claire Rutter

International soprano Claire Rutter generously worked with a selected group of emerging young singers: Eleanor Penfold, soprano, Emma Roberts, mezzo-soprano and Andrew Woodmansey, tenor and performed Richard Strauss's sublime Four Last Songs, accompanied by Lynton Atkinson. Masterclass accompanist: Chad Vindin.

Wednesday 17 April 2019

Mozart's The Magic Flute

Regent Theatre, Christchurch

Fully staged; featuring some of the UK's finest young opera singers,
with a professional orchestra. Cast included:

Pamina - Joanna Songi 

Tamino - James Hutchings 

Papageno - James Atkinson 

Queen of the Night - Eleanor Penfold 

First Lady - Siân Dicker 

Sarastro - Rhys Chard


'An unexpected feast of top drawer of the most enjoyable nights at the opera I have ever experienced... Some of these singers were not just already fit for performance with an established company, they were among the better singers I have seen in their role.' Will Frampton, Bournemouth Echo

For full review, click here

Sunday 17 February 2019

'Abraham and Isaac' Recital

Merley House, Wimborne, Dorset

Tim Morgan - countertenor
Guy Elliott- tenor 

Jo Ramadan - piano

A beautiful programme presenting one of our country's most special young countertenors Tim Morgan (right)  in concert with HCO favourite, tenor Guy Elliott. Programme included Benjamin Britten's powerful duet setting of Abraham and Isaac, as well as songs by Howells and Quilter and arias by Handel and Britten.

Sunday 2 December 2018

More Delights from the Box

Church House, Wimborne Minster, Dorset

Seasonal favourites - from opera to art song and jazz - to light the Christmas flame with Isabelle Atkinson, soprano, Sam Jewison, tenor and piano, Rhys Chard, bass, and surprise guests.

Sunday 4 November 2018

Come and Sing Opera Choruses

Richmond Hill St Andrew's Church, Bournemouth

An fundraising afternoon’s workshop on some of the best-loved choruses in the repertoire. Covering aspects of vocal technique and culminating in a free informal concert.

Lynton Atkinson, musical director

Chris Dowie, piano

Retiring collection for music therapy at the Child Development Centre, Poole Hospital

Sunday 30 September 2018

Lieder Recital

featuring HCO competition prizewinners

Merley House, Wimborne, Dorset


Siân Dicker, soprano (winner of Nigel Beale First Prize)
Florian Panzieritenor (winner of Rosalind Armstrong

Song Prize)

An elegant programme of Schubert, Wolf, Brahms and Wagner to kindle the last embers of summer.

Sunday 3 June 2018

Mark Milhofer - Masterclass and Concert

Merley House, Wimborne, Dorset

Mark Milhofer is one of the most versatile tenors of his generation. With an international reputation as a masterful interpreter of the most demanding repertoire, he shared unique experience  with three young singers and performed a selection of his favourite arias.

Mark Milhofer, tenor

Sunday 20 May 2018

English Song Recital

Merley House, Wimborne, Dorset

The fourth in our fundraising series. A summer’s evening of melodies capturing the beauty and variety of English song through the ages, featuring two outstanding young singers from Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Rebecca Leggett, mezzo-soprano and Michael Lafferty, baritone, accompanied by Ashley Beauchamp.

Michael Lafferty, baritone

Sunday 15 April 2018

Handel's Acis and Galatea

Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth

Featuring a cast of talented young singers, all students at or graduates of the London conservatoires and an orchestra of professional players, this new production integrated dance with music to tell the tale of Arcadian shepherd Acis’s love for nymph Galatea, and the fatal interference of monster Polyphemus.

Acis: William Branston, tenor

Galatea: Isabelle Atkinson, soprano

Damon: Guy Elliott, tenor

Polyphemus: Adam Maxey, bass

Musical director: Lynton Atkinson

Director: Joy Robinson

Sunday 4 March 2018

Le Papillon et la Fleur 

French Song Recital

Merley House, Wimborne, Dorset

The third in our series of fundraising recitals, this programme included songs by Fauré, Debussy, Poulenc and Duparc performed by two talented artists from the Royal College of Music, Isabelle Atkinson, soprano, and Stephen Mills, tenor, accompanied by award-winning pianist Lucy Colquhoun

Fundraising for Music Therapy and Broadstone Music Series.

Isabelle Atkinson, soprano

Laura Hocking, mezzo-soprano

William Branston, tenor

James Atkinson, baritone

An concert of seasonal arias and songs.

Sunday 10 December 2017

A Box of Delights

Church House, Wimborne, Dorset

Sunday 8 October 2017

Lieder Recital

Merley House, Wimborne, Dorset

Joel Williams, tenor

James Atkinson, baritone

João Pontes de Araújo, piano

The inaugural HCO fundraising event, featuring three

talented artists from the Royal College of Music who later

in October appeared at the Oxford Lieder Festival. Joel

and James, accompanied by João, performed songs by Schumann, Schubert and Brahms.

Sunday 7 July 2017

Bach's Kaffekantate

Purcell's Dido and Aeneas

St John the Baptist Church, Broadstone, Dorset

Sunday 11 April 2015

Mozart's Die Zauberflöte

St Nicholas Church, Corfe Mullen, Dorset 

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