dorset-based vocal ensemble


check out some other dorset Choirs... 


Belvedere Singers, Swanage 

Briantspuddle Singers

Broadstone Choir

Dorchester Choral Society

Dorset Chamber Choir 

Mayday Singers, Langton

Purbeck Arts Choir

Wareham Choral Society

Dorset Guild of Singers

We are on British Choirs on the Net

and see our friends at Dorset Rural Music School

Upcoming concerts:

Sunday 14 April 2019  3pm

'Music for Holy Week'

Parish Church of St. John the Baptist

Bere Regis BH20 7HQ

Free admission - retiring collection for St. John's

Sunday 19 May 2019  3pm

St. Nicholas Church

Studland  BH19 3AT

​Concert for Lewis-Manning Hospice

​Tickets in advance or on the door, to include cream tea

Saturday 6 July 2019  7.30pm

​Canzonetta at the Cathedral

​South Transept

Salisbury Cathedral 

Ticketed event in aid of Salisbury Hospice

Prosecco and canapes in the cloisters afterwards

Sunday 20 October 2019 3pm

Blandford Parish Church

A joint concert with Dorset Rural Music School.

Canzonetta News...

An exciting year ahead with our annual Palm Sunday Concert at Bere Regis,  and a return to St. Nicholas Church, Studland for a concert in aid of Lewis Manning Hospice.  Salisbury Cathedral is hosting our concert for Salisbury Hospice in July and in October we make our first visit to Blandford Forum.



​Eve Baker, Marion Bishop, Mary Chamberlain, Wendy Clark, Miriam Fagan,​  Hilary Jordan,  Jackie March,

 Barbara Rawlings, Sarah Welton. 

We've recently recorded some songs for Dorchester Radio KeeP106 so listen out for ​Canzonetta on the airwaves!  Our huge thanks to Andy Worth.  Listen here to 'My Song is love unknown' written for us in 2018 by Dr.Richard hall.

Formed in 2004, this East-Dorset-based singing ensemble enjoys nothing more than travelling around the beautiful Dorset countryside, singing in the delightful churches of Dorset and enjoying tea and cake afterwards!  We cover a varied range of singing styles from baroque and sacred pieces to complex folk arrangements, spirituals to fabulous arrangements of twentieth century songs; close harmony, a cappella or with piano accompaniment. 

Canzonetta presents four concerts each year and our adventures thus far have taken us through East Dorset, the Isle  of Purbeck and even as far as Jersey. En route this not-for-profit organisation raises funds to support the local community. If you would like to learn more or you would like to join our e-mailing list, please get in touch using the Contact Us page. We  would love to hear from you.  You can also follow us on Facebook.

Previous concerts...

Despite the inclement weather there was standing-room-only for our  '​Canzonetta at Christmas' concert at St. Martin's-on-the-walls, Wareham on Sunday 16 December 2018.  An afternoon of seasonal songs and readings ended with mulled wine and mince pies.  We hope to return to the tiny Saxon Church of St. Martin's in 2020 for their 1000th year celebrations! 

We enjoyed our visit to the Parish Church of St. Edward, King and Martyr in Corfe Castle on Sunday 28 October 2018.  Miro Vosper (soprano) was our delightful soloist, singing songs by Roger Quilter and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Miro also joined us at the end of the programme for the lovely  'The Last Rose of Summer'. 

A sunny day welcomed us to St. Andrew's in the village of Milborne  St. Andrew on Sunday 10th June 2018.  A programme of songs and readings for a summer afternoon included the first performance of 'Bushes and Briars' by Dorset composer John Watkins.