Former King’s Singer, choral director and composer, Jeremy Jackman, returns to Dorset this August to lead the choir Laudemus, showcasing music for the service of Evensong between 15–19 August 2023.
Taking its name from Latin for ‘let us praise!’ and singing in venues throughout the county, the idea of this group originated from the Wimborne Arts Festival in 1991. The choir has returned each year since then to bring cathedral-style Evensong to country churches across Dorset.
Operating as an annual summer course, singers come from all over the UK and some from overseas. The repertoire is wide ranging, with different music for each service on the tour.
This summer, Laudemus will visit churches in Bere Regis (15 August), Milton Abbey (16 August), Cerne Abbas (17 August), Shapwick (18 August) and the Minster in Wimborne (19 August).
The choir is accompanied by Dorset-born organist, Sam Hanson, who pursues a busy freelance career as conductor, accompanist and composer in both Dorset and London. In 2020 he was appointed Assistant Chorus Director and Accompanist to Bournemouth Symphony Chorus.