Dartmouth’s Arts and Culture projects will offer a wide range of exciting events leading up to 2020, including concerts, musical and theatre productions and an art trail, which will involve the local community, and which can be enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.
Please note that all events and projects are still in the planning stage and are liable to change.
We are planning an exciting trail linking Dartmouth’s unique wealth of artists and galleries.
British and American Music over 400 Years
We are planning a chain of musical concerts during 2020, leading up to a significant three or four day Festival of British and American Music celebrating the strong musical connections between the two countries.
Details of individual concerts and booking forms will be published on the Events page when they are available
Open Air Theatre Production: The Tempest
In 2020, the annual Dartmouth Shakespeare Week Open Air Production will feature a production of Shakespeare’s 'The Tempest' by Theatre Hub.
Details and booking form will be published on the Events page when they are available
The Mayflower Anthem will establish a powerful and lasting commemoration of this momentous event. The composers have engaged the services of leading Portuguese tenor, Leonel Pinheiro, and the first DVD recording has been made.
The Anthem will be featured in a special concert scheduled for November 2019. Details will be published on the Events page
The anthem’s composer, Ed Welch, has a classical music background. After graduating, he began working for United Artists Music, and he has subsequently written over 300 pieces for film, theatre and television.
Brian Patten has written the words for the anthem. He made his name in the 1960s as one of the Liverpool Poets, alongside Adrian Henri and Roger McGough. He has written over fifty poetry books for both adults and children.
When the music is published, the DVDs will be sent out to choral groups with information on how to obtain the sheet music, and the team will work towards the creation of a Mayflower chorus. We aim to make the Mayflower 400 Anthem available to cathedrals, schools, colleges, villages and town choirs so that communities can come together and perform their special rendition of the musical piece.
Peal of Bells
A set of 'Devon-style' call changes will be composed to commemorate the Mayflower 400 events. The instructions for six or eight bells will be published and made available to towers around the UK and US, especially the trail towns and other towns and villages along the route.
“Full-circle” church bellringing is a quintessentially English skill which is almost exclusively found in churches with Anglican connections. Although church bells have been used to call people to prayer for many centuries, it has only been practised in its current form since the early 1700s. The Pilgrims would not have heard bell-ringing as we know it today.
Nowadays, bells are still rung to call people to prayer, but also to celebrate local and national events, such as weddings, jubilees, etc, as well as for competitions and for recreation. Mayflower 400 is a significant national event which should be marked by peals of bells.
Touring Play: Constance
A play has been commissioned from local playwrights to explore aspects of the Mayflower story and how they relate with events in the world today. There will also be music written for the production that will reflect the period in which the action is taking place. It is hoped that the play can tour the other Trail Towns.
Details of performances and booking forms will be published on the Events page when they are available.
The company will consist of professional actors, but the plan is to write ensemble pieces within the whole that can be forwarded to local companies in each venue that will be included in the production. There will be roles for performers and back-stage crews, professionals and volunteers.
BRNC Mayflower Son et Lumière
A lavish Son et Lumière will take place on Saturday 5 September at Britannia Royal Naval College.
An opportunity to experience the glamour of a grand occasion in a spectacular setting overlooking the River Dart. This will provide a spectacular finale to the commemoration week.
Details and a booking form will be published on the Events page when they are available.