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The Abbey Community at Milton Abbey
Milton Abbas, Blandford Forum
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Our Mission:
The Milton Abbey Heritage Trust has been established as a registered charity for the protection, restoration, educational interpretation and development of The Abbey, St. Catherine’s Chapel and the surrounding Capability Brown landscape as buildings and land of historical and architectural importance. The Bishop of Salisbury has supported the Trust, working together to promote Christian worship and an enhanced visitor experience at The Abbey.
Discover Music at Milton Abbey Summer 2018 just click the date tab for tickets
Discover Music at Milton Abbey Summer 2018 just click the date tab for tickets
THE 2018 FESTIVAL AT MILTON ABBEY
VOCES8 is delighted to return to the idyllic surroundings of Milton Abbey for another week of glorious music-making.
This year we commemorate the centenaries of the Armistice and the birth of Leonard Bernstein. The festival celebrates the joy of singing and plays host to an exciting cast of internationally recognised artists.

Tickets £20 (£15), Under 18s £5 Festival Pass for all concerts £60 - BOX OFFICE at: www.vcm.foundation/miltonabbey
VOCES8 MILTON ABBEY INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2018 30 JULY – 4 AUGUST 2018
PROGRAMME

Mon 30 July 8:00PM
Compline sung by VOCES8 and the VOCES8 Scholars. £FREE!

Mon 30 July 8:30PM
Paul Smith and Neil Valentine present Reflections, an immersive interactive experience with piano, strings, vocals and
electronics. £FREE! —Duration c.30 mins

Tue 31 July 7:30PM
VOCES8 presents highlights from the group’s season.

Weds 1 August 7:30PM
Robert Hollingworth conducts VOCES8, the VOCES8 Scholars and the Academy of Ancient Music. Repertoire to include Bach’s
Actus Tragicus (BWV 106) and Duruflé’s Requiem.

Thurs 2 August 2:30PM
Chamber choir performances by the Summer School Participants and the VOCES8 Scholars. £FREE!

Thurs 2 August 5:30PM
Festival Evensong with VOCES8 and the VOCES8 Scholars. £FREE!

Thurs 2 August 7:30PM
Jazz in the Abbey with Andy Dickens and his band.

Fri 3 August 7:30PM
VOCES8 collaborates with “Queen of the Baroque violin” (Sunday Times) Rachel Podger to perform A Guardian Angel, including
works by Bach, Biber, Gabrieli, Praetorius, Rachmaninov, Tallis, Mendelssohn, Dove and the new commission by Owain Park.

Sat 4 August 4:00PM
Barnaby Smith conducts the combined forces of VOCES8, the VOCES8 Scholars, the Festival Chorus, Brass, Harp, Organ and
Percussion in works by Parry, Stanford and Walton from the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Copeland’s Fanfare for the
Common Man and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. The concert also features a short performance by the Summer School’s junior
participants.

Tickets £20 (£15), Under 18s £5 To purchase tickets please visit: www.vcm.foundation/miltonabbey
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How to become a Milton Abbey Volunteer
The Abbey relies heavily on its team of volunteers to provide a warm Ministry of Welcome to its worshippers and visitors. Volunteering at the Abbey can be extremely fulfilling and rewarding.
Before the Reformation in 1540, the Abbey was a community of Benedictine monks. One of the Benedictine rules is to welcome all visitors as if you were welcoming Christ himself. We continue to welcome visitors according to this Benedictine rule and our staff, volunteer stewards and guides are responsible for offering our visitors a high quality experience and warm welcome.
Behind the scenes, volunteers help with everything from fundraising to refreshments. If you have a few hours a week to spare, we would love to hear from you. In return for donating their time and skills, our volunteers receive free entry to The Abbey Exhibitions, personal training, and have the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping to preserve over a thousand years of history for future generations.
The Milton Abbey Summer Exhibition 2017
Following the popular Capability Brown exhibition last year, a new exhibition was presented this year from 7th July until 31st August, entitled "History, Heritage and Landscape". *SEE 2018 PLANS SOON*
Pamela Phillips, chairman of The Milton Abbas History Group said: “We are delighted that once again the very special heritage of this village and Abbey is being exhibited and is becoming more widely recognised for its unique and inspiring qualities. As a group we are looking forward to enhancing our knowledge of the history of the area”.
A new feature included displays recording the History and Heritage associated with the Abbey. Ranging from the foundation by King Athelstan, the first king of all England, to the Benedictine monastic period, the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII, to the dramatic tenure of Lord Milton, who destroyed the old town of Middleton, created the village of Milton Abbas, and hired Capability Brown to create the glorious landscape we enjoy today.
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