Tea with William Barnes

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A Celebration of the Dorset Poet

Dialect poet William Barnes relished the huge variety of country dances, folksongs and carols originating from Dorset, often writing about lively community celebrations where music was a key part of the proceedings.

Alongside a delicious Dorset cream tea, The Ridgeway Singers and Band, led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries, will perform traditional songs from across the County, some of which were collected by the Hammond brothers, play dance tunes from the repertoire of fiddler Benjamin Rose and perform an arrangement of the R. Vaughan-Williams setting of William Barnes’ famous poem, My Orchard in Linden Lea.

Recitals of some of Barnes’ much-loved poems by members of the William Barnes Society will keep alive the rich dialect of Dorset in this wonderful celebration of the life of William Barnes.


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Tickets for the 2022 'Tea with William Barnes' at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton are now sold out. However, we are delighted to be able to offer those who are unable to attend in person the opportunity to tune in and watch live online from home. You'll be able to watch the event live on your smart TV, laptop, tablet, mobile or other internet device, and we invite you to make and enjoy your own cream tea too, sending in photos and selfies so that we can share them on social media.

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