Music at the Museum


48th Season

All concerts take place at the Victorian Hall, Dorset Museum, 66 High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA

Wednesday 22nd February 7.30pm



  • C SCHUMANN 3 Romances
  • BARTOK String Quartet No 2
  • MENDELSSOHN String Quartet No 5

“…immaculate precision and spirit” (The Strad)

Programme Notes for Solem Quartet by Richard Hall

Two richly inventive quartets by composers in their young manhood together with a work which is helping to draw its composer out from the shadowy position of being ‘merely’ Robert Schumann’s wife.

Wednesday 22nd March 7.30pm



  • CPE BACH Piano Trio No 6 in D major Wq 89
  • BEETHOVEN Piano Trio Op 1 No 1 in Eb major
  • BRAHMS Piano Trio No 2 in C major Op 87 
  • JENNIFER HIGDON Piano Trio (i) Pale Yellow (ii) Firey Red

Programme Notes by Richard Hall

A varied programme ranging from J.S. Bach’s most revolutionary son to a vivid and exciting contemporary American work by way of two pillars of the standard chamber music repertoire. 

Mathilde Milwidsky



‘An exceptionally talented violinist’

Maxim Vengerov

Mathilde has just been named as one of Classic FM’s Rising Stars: 30 sensational musicians performing in 2023


“Pianist Annie Yim made the most beautiful sounds, radiantly coloured, thoughtfully articulated”

Annie Yim

– The Times


  • Robert SCHUMANN Three Romances
  • Claude DEBUSSY. Sonata in G Minor
  • Eugène YSAYE Sonata No 3 in D Minor
  • Lili BOULANGER Deux Morceaux
  • BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata in G major No 10 Op 96

 Programme Notes by Richard Hall

A most interesting programme of two standard friends alongside a very early work by Ravel, two short pieces by a once forgotten, now increasingly admired figure, and one of the pinnacles of the solo violin repertoire.

WEDNESDAY 24th May 7.30pm



  • MOZART Rondo in D K 485
  • BRAHMS Six Intermezzi Op 118
  • BRITTEN Three Character Pieces (1930)
  • PROKOFIEV Sonata No 6 in A major Op 82 

A return visit from a player who so impressed us two years ago. Antonina’s programme will contrast the resignation of Brahms’ Indian summer with the turmoil of the Second World War seen from the Soviet standpoint. 

Programme Notes by Richard Hall

WEDNESDAY 28th JUNE 2023 7.30pm


(Principal Players from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra):  

Mark Derudder (Violin)

Carol Paige (Violin)

Tom Beer (Viola)

Miguel Rodriguez (Viola)

Jesper Svedberg (Cello)

  • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Phantasy Quintet 
  • MOZART: Quintet in C (K.515)
  • DVORAK: Quintet in Eb Opus 97

Programme Notes: Wessex Ensemble

A masterpiece of the classical quintet repertoire alongside two less well-known but fine works, each demonstrating the enriching influence of folk music; Vaughan Williams writing at the height of his involvement with English folksong and Dvorak intrigued by the native Indian music he encountered in the USA. 

WEDNESDAY 26th JULY 2023. 7.30pm


  • SCHUMANN – Faschingsschwank
  • SIBELIUS – Opus 24  Nos 1 – 5
  • MOZART – Sonata in G K.283
  • KHACHATURIAN– Masquerade Suite

Richard Hall’s Programme Notes: ILYAD SUGHAYER

“He captures the music’s essence with such a close sense of recreative identity that it feels on occasion as though he could be composing it as he goes along. An outstanding debut”

– Julian Haylock | BBC Music Magazine

Single tickets

Adults £20. Young persons in full time education: £5. Tickets can be purchased online here FROM 1st JANUARY 2023

There will be a small service charge added to the cost of each purchase. The seating capacity of the Victorian Hall is only 120, therefore it is advisable to buy tickets in advance. However, any remaining tickets will be for sale on the door on the evening of each concert.


The full membership subscription for all six concerts in the 2023 Season is £90.00.

To apply for Membership please email Sue Bruce-Payne:

Subject to numbers (the Museum seating capacity is 120) membership can also be obtained on the night of the first concert. We can accept cash, cheques, debit and credit cards. Applications and payment in advance would be very much appreciated and will avoid disappointment in the event that we are over-subscribed.