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The John Seldon Masterclass



Sunday, 14 July 2024, 3.00pm

Merley House, Wimborne, BH21 3AA

Tickets £20; under-18s and those in f-t education free:

Patrons and Friends can book and reserve seats via Andrew Foot.

We are delighted to announce that esteemed British baritone and composer Roderick Williams OBE has agreed to lead this year's John Seldon Masterclass on Sunday, 14 July at 3.00pm at Merley House, Wimborne. Following the format of previous years, Roderick will work with several young artists selected by the Artistic Director, offering insights into technical aspects of singing and the training of a young singer. 


Given Roderick's position as one of the UK's most sought-after performers in both opera and recital, this promises to be a very special and popular event.



Saturday, 7 September 2024, 5.00pm, St Paul's Church, Winchester SO22 5AB

Sunday, 15 September 2024, 4.00pm, Merley House, Wimborne BH21 3AA

Tickets on sale from 27 May: £20; under-18s and those in f-t education free

Priority booking for Patrons opens 13 May and for Friends on 20 May. Please contact Andrew Foot to book and reserve seats.  

Recital by prizewinners in the 2023 HCO Singer of the Year Competition:

Holly Teague, soprano, winner of the 2023 Roger Higgins Prize

Myrna Tennant, mezzo-soprano, winner of the 2023 Rosalind Armstrong Prize

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in collaboration with


Saturday, 2 November 2024, from 11.00am

Harvey Hall, St Swithun's School, Winchester SO21 1AH

Audience tickets on sale soon

The semi-finals and finals of this national competition for young singers aged 20-29 years, held before a panel of eminent judges and a public audience. Over £5,000 in prizes is available.

Entry forms and full details for competitors will be available later in the year. 


Sunday, 1 December 2024, 4.00pm

Church House, Wimborne BH21 1HT

Admission by donation. Please book ahead by email:

Our ever-popular musical celebration of Christmas with a specially chosen group of young artists and festive fare.


by Gioachino Rossini

Touring in April 2025 to Winchester, Blandford and Christchurch

Rossini's lively interpretation of the Cinderella story. A cast of exceptional emerging opera stars and the Hurn Court Opera orchestra will bring this comic fairytale glitteringly to life. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Further information about our programme will be released soon. For updates, join our mailing list (see below). Or to get ahead of the crowd, consider becoming part of our Friends scheme, which gives you advance notice and booking opportunities.

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