Book tickets for Concerts in the West

How it works: Please click on BOOK TICKETS. This will take you to the Concerts calendar. Click to choose a concert. This will take you to the details of the tour. Scroll to the bottom of the page to choose your ticket type. Continue to payment by credit card. Your ticket confirmation will be sent by email. For Bridport and Shaftesbury please go the Booking information for those venues. For more information, please go to How to Book

Updated 12 June 2024

Header photo: Pocket Sinfonia – Ilminster Arts Centre – 17 May 2024

Welcome to Concerts in the West. This is our 19th Season and we are proud to invite another group of wonderful musicians to the West Country.

In order to see ALL the concerts in 2024 please go to BOOK TICKETS at the top of this page. You will find information about the musicians and their programmes. Please note that tickets for Shaftesbury and Bridport should be booked via their box offices. Details are shown on the Booking Info pages. Also CinW Online booking stops at 5pm on the day of the 7.30pm concert and at 2.30pm for Pendomer on 8 September, which starts at 3pm.

We are delighted that Lara Melda joins us for the first time with piano recitals from 21-22 June. She will be performing Liszt and Chopin in Ilminster and Crewkerne, and Beethoven and Liszt in Bridport.

To return to this Home page click on the Concerts in the West logo at the top of any page.

Booking is open for the whole season.

You can download the brochure for 2024 below.

Bridport Arts Centre – please note that bookings for Bridport go through their booking arrangements. All the concert tours go to Bridport.

Shaftesbury Arts Centre is joining our list of venues for 2024. The concerts will take place in the beautiful St Peter’s Church in the centre of town. There is a page for Shaftesbury under Booking Info. All bookings go through the Shaftesbury Arts Centre Box Office. The Gildas Quartet (21 April) and Lumas Winds (21 July) will be performing in Shaftesbury in addition to Bridport, Ilminster and Crewkerne.

Ticket prices: £18 for evening and afternoon concerts – £14 for the morning concerts in Bridport.

Archived concerts from 2006 when the concert series began – if you go to Concerts by date, scroll down to Previous concerts, this will take you back to earlier seasons.

Under Concerts by venue you will find venues where we have held concerts in the past as well as those we go to currently. In 2024 we will be visiting Bridport (all tours), Ilminster (all tours), Crewkerne (all tours), Shaftesbury (April and July) and Pendomer (September).

2019, 2020, 2020 Online, 2021, 2022 and 2023 Seasons – you can see the list of performers for each year under our News section.


19th Season of Concerts in the West

16 – 17 FEBRUARY
The Perks Ensemble & Alexander Ullman, piano
Oscar Perks, violin
Elliott Perks, viola
Sebastian Kolin, cello

15 – 16 MARCH
Sara Trickey, violin & Ivana Gavrić, piano

19 – 21 APRIL
Gildas Quartet
Tom Aldren, violin
Gemma Sharples, violin
Christine Anderson, viola
Anna Menzies, cello

17 – 18 MAY
Pocket Sinfonia
Emil Duncumb, piano
Eleanor Corr, violin
Rosie Bowker, flute
Thomas Isaac, cello

21 – 22 JUNE
Lara Melda, piano

19 – 21 JULY
Lumas Winds
Beth Stone, flute
Chris Vettraino, oboe
Ben Hartnell-Booth, french horn
Rennie Sutherland, clarinet
Florence Plane, bassoon

Mēla guitar quartet
Michael Butten
Zahrah Hutton
Matthew Robinson
George Tarlton

Hilary Cronin, soprano & Asako Ogawa, piano

15 – 16 NOVEMBER
Berkeley Ensemble
Sophie Mather, violin
Francesca Baritt, violin
Dan Shilladay, violin
Gemma Wareham, cello
Martin Ludenbach, double bass
John Slack, clarinet
Andrew Watson, bassoon
Paul Cott, horn

Detailed tour pages are now live.

Concerts in the West was launched in 2006. We aim to bring talented young professional musicians to small, intimate venues in the West Country, in areas that may not have easy access to music of this quality. Short intensive tours, lasting a few days, are arranged mainly in Dorset and Somerset.

We feel privileged to hear music performed to such a high standard. The repertoire is enormously varied and gives local audiences a wonderful opportunity to hear both familiar and unusual works for voice and instrument in many combinations.

Lara Melda – 21 – 22 June 2024 – Photo by Emrah Bostan

Lumas Winds – 19 – 21 July 2024

Mela guitar quartet

Mela guitar quartet – 6 – 8 September 2024


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