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...

A lovely sunny day welcomed us to St. Andrew's Church in the Dorset village of Milborne St. Andrew on Sunday 10th June 2018. It was a lovely programme of songs and readings for a summer afternoon and included the first performance of 'Bushes and Briars' arranged in a cappella four-part harmony for us by John Watkins. A lovely afternoon rounded off by tea and cake raised nearly £300 for St. Andrew's. 

Bere Regis Parish Church was closed for roof repairs for six months and after a monumental cleaning effort by the church team just the day before, our annual Palm Sunday concert on 25th March 2018 could go ahead.  It was great to see a full church once again!  Our programme of Music for Holy Week included the first performance of  'My song is love unknown', written for us by Dr. Richard Hall. it was a magical afternoon of music making. The retiring collection raised £348 for St. John's. 



​Eve Baker, Marion Bishop, Mary Chamberlain, Wendy Clark, Miriam Fagan,​ Hilary Jordan, Jackie March, Julie Newall,   Barbara Rawlings, Sarah Welton. 

Canzonetta News...

Our concert at St. Edward's in October marks a return after an absence of eleven years!  Our last visit there was in 2007 with founder-member Sarah Inglis  singing the soprano solo pieces in the Pergolesi 'Stabat Mater'.  You may like to know that Sarah left us for an important post with the Music Service in and around Worcester and Birmingham and she now runs several very successful sing-for-pleasure groups. They are called 'Sing and Tonic'!

Following our very successful Christmas concert at Tolpuddle last year we are returning this year to the tiny Saxon Church of St.Martin's-on-the-walls for our popular songs and readings for the festive season.  Next year we are making  return visits to Bere Regis in April for our annual Sacred Music for Holy Week  and to Studland in May for one of our popular concerts in the lovely Saxon church of St. Nicholas.  A new and exciting venue for us in July:  we have been invited to present a concert in Salisbury Cathedral, in aid of Salisbury Hospice; a ticketed event.  And recently we have embarked on another exciting new venture: a collaboration with Dorchester Radio, KeeP 106,  which may result in a CD!


dorset-based vocal ensemble


check out some other dorset Choirs... 


Belvedere Singers, Swanage 

Briantspuddle Singers

Broadstone Choir

Chromata Voices

Dorchester Choral Society

Dorset Chamber Choir 

Mayday Singers, Langton

Purbeck Arts Choir

Wareham Choral Society

and Dorset Guild of Singers

We are on British Choirs on the Net

and see our friends at Dorset Rural Music School

Upcoming concerts:

Sunday 28 October 2018   3pm

'Music for a while'

Parish Church of St. Edward, King & Martyr

​Corfe Castle BH20 5EQ

​Free admission - retiring collection for St. Edward's

Sunday 16 December 2018  3pm

'Canzonetta at Christmas'

St. Martin's-on-the-Walls

​North Street

Wareham  BH20 4AG

Free admission - retiring collection for St. Martin's

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  7.30 tbc

Salisbury Cathedral 

Ticketed event in aid of Salisbury Hospice

Prosecco and canapes in the cloisters