If Dorchester Festival aims to bring excellence with a twist then it certainly hit the mark with Johannes Moller.
The superb Swedish guitarist devised a programme especially for the festival combining classical guitar music with North Indian classical music. The resulting Tales of Europe: Tales of India was an electrifying programme fusing two forms of world heritage music.
Johannes Moller’s solo first half was a joy of sparkling guitar pieces including Spanish favourites and his own compositions.
When he was joined by tabla player Niti Ranjan Biswas the concert flew to even greater heights.
His guitar found a new language – exotic and extraordinary. And the tabla – evocative, powerful, strong and subtle percussion – was its unexpected soulmate.
Two exceptional musicians presented an unforgettable festival performance. Festival director Mark Tattersall revealed they will be back in Dorset – at Bridport Arts Centre – next January.
Dorchester Festival continues throughout Bank Holiday Monday with a host of free events and entertainment at the Borough Gardens from noon until 6pm and ska band The Beat at the Corn Exchange at 8pm.
Birdsnest Theatre presents an enchanting show, Wash, for young children at Munchkins Play Café.
Dorchester Festival opened on Thursday with the first of two performances of The Ballad of Martha Brown by Angel Exit Theatre and continued all weekend with music, comedy, dance and more including a grand parade through the town centre on Saturday morning.