Midsomer murders often lead to a church service – usually a funeral. Yet Dorchester on Thames in South Oxfordshire is set to come alive with the sounds of some of the world’s finest composers at the end of May.

The village’s church, Dorchester Abbey, will host The English Music Festival and is the place to come to if you want to hear the works of Holst, Delius, Britten, Elgar and Vaughan Williams performed by top choirs and orchestras.

Situated deep in the heart of Midsomer Murders territory, just three miles away from ‘Causton’ and just seven miles from Didcot, Dorchester’s proximity to the rolling Sinodun Hills and flowing River Thames makes it an inspiring place for musicians.

This should produce some great performances from the cast of talented people who will be appearing in the English Music Festival events to be staged at the Abbey from May 27th to May 30th.

The evening performances on Saturday, May 28th will have a distinctly British feel to them. At 7pm John Andrews will be conducting the E.S.O. as they play pieces including Britten’s ‘Sword in the Stone’ and Delius’s ‘On Hearing the First Cuckoo’.

Later that evening, the abbey will resound to the sounds of bagpipes, harps, fiddles and voices showcasing instrumental dances and lullabies dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries.

Sunday evening’s programme will be equally impressive, as it will feature the city of London Choir and The Holst Orchestra. Expect to hear Vaughan Williams’s ‘Festival Te Deum’ and Holst’s ‘Love on my Heart’ if you attend the show.

The abbey will host the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on the Monday evening, bringing the curtain down on the festival with music such as Delius’s ‘Walk to the Paradise Garden’.