Acclaimed English conductor, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Sir David Attenborough for a gala concert to celebrate Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Golden Jubilee this year.
What will be played at the concert?
The cream of British music-makers and Britain’s best-loved natural history film-maker are leading the celebrations at a gala evening of home-grown music in Dorset this December. Sir John Eliot Gardiner has specially selected some of the most glorious English music to match the beauty of the English landscape and wildlife. The programme includes Elgar’s Enigma Variations, with its beautiful Nimrod theme, and Vaughan Williams’ exquisite The Lark Ascending, featuring the remarkable Russian violin soloist Alina Ibragimova.
Why is Dorset special to Sir John Eliot Gardiner?
Golden Jubilee patron of Dorset Wildlife Trust and founder of the world-famous Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner combines a global career with a deep love of the county where he was born.
He said: “I’m a Dorset man, born and bred. I grew up surrounded by the North Dorset chalk downs and combes, learnt to love their rich fauna and flora, and I have never moved away: in fact I have been farming there (in between concerts) since the 1970s. The ghosts of Hardy and Barnes still stalk these hills. Music and musicians are of course central to my life; but so is nature, wildlife, and good husbandry of soil, plants and animals. The work of the DWT is to be cherished and applauded which is why I was eager to accept their invitation to conduct this celebratory concert with the excellent Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. I think we have come up with a gorgeous programme, one that any country lover can enjoy and I look forward to the occasion.”
Sir David said...
Sir David Attenborough, Vice-president of The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, said: “Since the 25th anniversary of Dorset Wildlife Trust in 1986 there have been immense changes to the Trust and the way in which the environment is perceived. We are very aware of the ever increasing pressure on our wildlife and look forward to helping create a better environment for us all in the 21st century.”
Tony Bates, President of Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “To be honoured with the support of Sir David Attenborough and Sir John Eliot Gardiner in these celebrations is testament to the importance of protecting Dorset’s outstanding natural heritage. This concert is an incredible celebration of what has been achieved by people with a passion for the nature of Dorset and we fully expect to be joined by a sell-out audience for this grand finale to a very special year.”
How can I book tickets?
The Golden Jubilee Gala Concert is at Lighthouse, Poole on Saturday 3rd December 2011 at 7.30pm. Ticket prices start at £10 and are available from Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620,online here or from Lighthouse box office on 0844 406 8666.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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