• Saturday 30 May 2015 at 18:00
    Every last Saturday of the month. Book a table early to avoid disappointment.
  • Sunday 31 May 2015 at 10:00
    There will be a Team Eucharist today at Whiteparish, with Jane and Cynthia. Please note earlier start time.
  • Tuesday 02 June 2015 at 10:30
    The BCCG is an active, genuinely friendly group of volunteers which meets regularly in Blackmoor Copse to help with all kinds of conservation work. We are definitely NOT a clique and welcome new...
  • Wednesday 03 June 2015 at 14:00
    The next Julian Meeting will take place today at 2pm at 79 Firs Road, Firsdown. All are welcome to join us for half an hour of silent prayer. If you would like further information, please contact...
  • Thursday 04 June 2015 at 09:45
    Join local charities and voluntary groups to celebrate the amazing contribution of volunteers in our community. Volunteer Centre Wiltshire is hosting a special session of their Volunteer Manager's...
  • Sunday 07 June 2015 at 11:00
    There will be a service of Morning Worship at St.Peter's today at 11am, led by Debbie.  
  • Sunday 07 June 2015 at 11:00
    There will be a Parish Eucharist at 11am this morning, led by Nils. All welcome.
  • Tuesday 09 June 2015 at 19:00
    The first concert in this year's Farley Music Festival. Programme includes: On Wenlock Edge: Ralph Vaughan Williams setting of six songs from A E Housman’s A Shropshire Lad for tenor,...
  • Wednesday 10 June 2015 at 19:00
    The second concert in this year's Farley Music Festival. Hailed by the London Evening Standard as a ‘prodigy, of awesome technical fluency backed by exceptional artistry’, Nicholas Walker...
  • Wednesday 10 June 2015 at 20:00
    The next meeting of the Pitton & Farley Book Club will be held on Wednesday 10th June at 8.00pm in the Hook & Glove pub, Farley, when we will be discussing "The Night Circus" by Erin...
  • Wednesday 10 June 2015 at 20:00
    Every 2nd Wednesday of the month we hold our popular QUIZGO nights- a cross between a Quiz and Bingo! Very informal, lots of cheating, lots of fun- individuals or groups welcome and all in aid of our...
  • Thursday 11 June 2015 at 19:00
    The third concert in this year's Farley Music Festival. Programme includes music by Schubert, Dutilleux, Stravinsky and Brahms. Romanian-born pianist, Alexandra Vaduva started playing the piano...
  • Friday 12 June 2015 at 19:00
    The fourth concert in this year's Farley Music Festival. Anahit was born into the fourth generation in a family of professional musicians and started musical training from the age of six....
  • Saturday 13 June 2015 at 13:45
    See and learn about Bentley Wood’s summer flowers with Pat Woodruffe, Anne Appleyard and Sue Fitzpatrick during a gentle stroll of about 2 hours. Meet at Livery Gate at 1.45 pm ready to drive on to...
  • Saturday 13 June 2015 at 19:00
    The final concert in this year's Farley Music Festival. After the delights of Opera Lyrica at All Saints’ over the past couple of years, we welcome them back to give a concert of the most...
  • Sunday 14 June 2015 at 11:00
    Magna Carta Day.  There will be a Parish Eucharist at St.Peter's Church, Pitton today at 11am, led by Nils and Debbie. All welcome.
  • Sunday 14 June 2015 at 18:00
    A special Evensong to conclude the Farley Music Festival 2015. With music by Preacher: Admission free.  Retiring Collection A very special Choral Evensong. Do come and join us as we...
  • Wednesday 17 June 2015 at 10:00
    The Men of Pitton's next trip out will be a guided tour of the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery at Whitchurch  on the 17th June 2015. Information is given on web page...
  • Wednesday 17 June 2015 at 12:00
    The Men of Pitton are organising an outing to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery today, at Whitchurch, Hants. Further details to follow. This trip is for members of the Men of Pitton, only. For more...
  • Wednesday 17 June 2015 at 12:00
    Pitton Ladies Lunch meets once a month in the Silver Plough to - well - have lunch. Also to enjoy a jolly, cheerful, sometimes a bit serious, conversation with our friends and neighbours. All...
  • Wednesday 17 June 2015 at 19:30
    A Whist Drive takes place in Pitton Village Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, at 7.30pm. All very welcome!
  • Saturday 20 June 2015 at 13:00
    Barbeque, beer & Pimms, £5 per adult
  • Sunday 21 June 2015 at 11:00
    There will be a Methodist Service today at St.Peter's Pitton at 11am. All welcome.
  • Sunday 21 June 2015 at 13:00
    Barbeque, beer & Pimms, £5 per adult
  • Sunday 21 June 2015 at 18:00
    There will be a service of Sung Evensong tonight, led by Gill, at 6pm.
  • Thursday 25 June 2015 at 10:00
    Pitton Social Club is arranging a trip to Bucklers Hard today, with a boat trip and lunch. Details to be confirmed. This event is for members of the Pitton Social Club only. To find out more...
  • Saturday 27 June 2015 at 14:00
    Loads of stalls and attractions, food and drink. And not forgetting guest appearances from Mr Farley Fox!
  • Saturday 27 June 2015 at 18:00
    Every last Saturday of the month. Book a table early to avoid disappointment.
  • Sunday 28 June 2015 at 11:00
    There will be a service of Parish Eucharist today at 11am at All Saints' Church, Farley, led by Canon Jeremy Davies. All welcome.
  • Sunday 28 June 2015 at 11:00
    There will be a Parish Eucharist today at St.Peter's Pitton at 11am, led by Nils. All welcome.
  • Wednesday 01 July 2015 at 14:00
    There will be a Julian Meeting today at Whitehill Lodge, Pitton. All are welcome to join us for half an hour of silent prayer. If you would like further information, please contact Hilary Semmons...
  • Saturday 04 July 2015 at 16:00
    This year's theme is Alice in Wonderland. Look out for the Alice in Wonderland Scarecrow Competition. The Fun Starts at 4.00pm. 6.15pm - 7.30pm BBQ. 7.00 pm – Sunset Music and dancing from the Scrape the Barrel Band. GRAND FIREWORK FINALE
  • Tuesday 07 July 2015 at 10:30
    The BCCG is an active, genuinely friendly group of volunteers which meets regularly in Blackmoor Copse to help with all kinds of conservation work. We are definitely NOT a clique and welcome new...
  • Wednesday 08 July 2015 at 19:30
    The next meeting of Pitton and Farley Parish Council will take place today in Farley Village Hall at 7.30pm. The Agenda for this meeting will be found here, along with the background...
  • Wednesday 08 July 2015 at 20:00
    Every 2nd Wednesday of the month we hold our popular QUIZGO nights- a cross between a Quiz and Bingo! Very informal, lots of cheating, lots of fun- individuals or groups welcome and all in aid of our...
  • Wednesday 15 July 2015 at 00:00
    The Men of Pitton are organising a trip to Wallingford Hydrographics today. Further details to follow. This trip is for members of the Men of Pitton, only. For more information about the Men...
  • Wednesday 15 July 2015 at 19:30
    A Whist Drive takes place in Pitton Village Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, at 7.30pm. All very welcome!
  • Friday 17 July 2015 at 18:00
    Book in and join us for a delicious authentic Spanish evening at The Silver Plough. Book now on 01722 712266
  • Saturday 18 July 2015 at 09:30
    Enjoy a 3 hour stroll to and around the Draining Field area and pond, with experts on hand to help identify flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, grasshoppers. Meet at Hawksgrove car park on the Howe...
  • Wednesday 22 July 2015 at 12:00
    Pitton Ladies Lunch meets once a month in the Silver Plough to - well - have lunch. Also to enjoy a jolly, cheerful, sometimes a bit serious, conversation with our friends and neighbours. All...
  • Tuesday 04 August 2015 at 10:30
    The BCCG is an active, genuinely friendly group of volunteers which meets regularly in Blackmoor Copse to help with all kinds of conservation work. We are definitely NOT a clique and welcome new...
  • Wednesday 12 August 2015 at 19:30
    The next meeting of Pitton and Farley Parish Council will take place in Pitton Village Hall at 7.30pm The Agenda for this meeting will be found here, along with the Background Report. All...
  • Wednesday 12 August 2015 at 20:00
    Every 2nd Wednesday of the month we hold our popular QUIZGO nights- a cross between a Quiz and Bingo! Very informal, lots of cheating, lots of fun- individuals or groups welcome and all in aid of our...
  • Saturday 15 August 2015 at 16:00
    This one to two hour circular stroll will take us to the Rowley Ponds and be followed by a locally-sourced BBQ! Stout footwear recommended. Meet at the Barn by 4 pm. For Friends of Bentley...
  • Wednesday 19 August 2015 at 12:00
    Pitton Ladies Lunch meets once a month in the Silver Plough to - well - have lunch. Also to enjoy a jolly, cheerful, sometimes a bit serious, conversation with our friends and neighbours. All...
  • Wednesday 19 August 2015 at 19:30
    A Whist Drive takes place in Pitton Village Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, at 7.30pm. All very welcome!
  • Wednesday 26 August 2015 at 10:00
    There will be a Julian Meeting Quiet Day today, to be led by the Reverend Leonard Lunn.  More details in due course.
  • Wednesday 26 August 2015 at 10:00
    Pitton Social Club is arranging a trip to Melbury Vale Vineyard today. This event is for members of the Pitton Social Club only. To find out more about the Pitton Social Club, please click here.
  • Tuesday 01 September 2015 at 10:30
    The BCCG is an active, genuinely friendly group of volunteers which meets regularly in Blackmoor Copse to help with all kinds of conservation work. We are definitely NOT a clique and welcome new...
  • Saturday 05 September 2015 at 14:00
    Another opportunity to come into the wood by car to drive the hard tracks and see the autumn crocus display (if we’re lucky!). Enter at Livery Gate or Tytherley Road Entrance and come along for a...
  • Wednesday 09 September 2015 at 20:00
    Every 2nd Wednesday of the month we hold our popular QUIZGO nights- a cross between a Quiz and Bingo! Very informal, lots of cheating, lots of fun- individuals or groups welcome and all in aid of our...
  • Thursday 10 September 2015 at 10:00
    The Men of Pitton are arranging an outing to see the Shuttleworth Collection today. More details to follow. This trip is for members of the Men of Pitton, only. For more information about the Men...
  • Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 08:30
    From Winterslow Village Hall by coach then ferry to see red squirrels, birds and other wildlife. £17.50 pp (plus entry fee for Brownsea Island (£5/free for National Trust members) and Dorset...
  • Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 12:00
    Pitton Ladies Lunch meets once a month in the Silver Plough to - well - have lunch. Also to enjoy a jolly, cheerful, sometimes a bit serious, conversation with our friends and neighbours. All...
  • Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 12:00
    The Pitton Social Club will be hosting a picnic in Lilian's Garden today.  Time tbc. This event is for members of the Pitton Social Club only. To find out more about the Pitton Social Club,...
  • Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 19:30
    A Whist Drive takes place in Pitton Village Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, at 7.30pm. All very welcome!
  • Wednesday 30 September 2015 at 19:30
    The next meeting of Pitton and Farley Parish Council will take place today in Farley Village Hall at 7.30pm. The Agenda for this meeting will be found here, along with the background...
  • Tuesday 06 October 2015 at 10:30
    The BCCG is an active, genuinely friendly group of volunteers which meets regularly in Blackmoor Copse to help with all kinds of conservation work. We are definitely NOT a clique and welcome new...
  • Wednesday 14 October 2015 at 10:00
    The Men of Pitton are organising a visit to the Wallace Collection in London today. There may be a further visit in the afternoon. Full details to follow. The Wallace Collection is a national...
  • Wednesday 14 October 2015 at 20:00
    Every 2nd Wednesday of the month we hold our popular QUIZGO nights- a cross between a Quiz and Bingo! Very informal, lots of cheating, lots of fun- individuals or groups welcome and all in aid of our...
  • Sunday 18 October 2015 at 10:00
    Come and learn to recognise and identify some amazing fungi with Friends of Bentley Wood, Wiltshire Botanical Society and the Salisbury & District Natural History Society. Coordinator Ailsa McKee...
  • Wednesday 21 October 2015 at 12:00
    Pitton Ladies Lunch meets once a month in the Silver Plough to - well - have lunch. Also to enjoy a jolly, cheerful, sometimes a bit serious, conversation with our friends and neighbours. All...
  • Wednesday 21 October 2015 at 19:30
    A Whist Drive takes place in Pitton Village Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, at 7.30pm. All very welcome!
  • Saturday 31 October 2015 at 19:00
    The Pitton Social Club are hosting a Halloweeen Charity Supper this evening. This event is for members of the Pitton Social Club only. To find out more about the Pitton Social Club, please click...
  • Tuesday 03 November 2015 at 10:30
    The BCCG is an active, genuinely friendly group of volunteers which meets regularly in Blackmoor Copse to help with all kinds of conservation work. We are definitely NOT a clique and welcome new...
  • Wednesday 04 November 2015 at 19:30
    The next meeting of Pitton and Farley Parish Council will take place in Pitton Village Hall at 7.30pm The Agenda for this meeting will be found here, along with the Background Report. All...
  • Friday 06 November 2015 at 14:30
    Pitton Social Club are hosting a talk today by Carole Kitching entitled 'Masques & Banquets" This event is for members of the Pitton Social Club only. To find out more about the Pitton Social...
  • Wednesday 11 November 2015 at 20:00
    Every 2nd Wednesday of the month we hold our popular QUIZGO nights- a cross between a Quiz and Bingo! Very informal, lots of cheating, lots of fun- individuals or groups welcome and all in aid of our...
  • Wednesday 18 November 2015 at 10:00
    The Men of Pitton are organising a trip to see Gilbert White's House and The Oates Collection at Selbourne. Full details to follow. See the house and find out about the life and work of “the man...
  • Wednesday 18 November 2015 at 12:00
    Pitton Ladies Lunch meets once a month in the Silver Plough to - well - have lunch. Also to enjoy a jolly, cheerful, sometimes a bit serious, conversation with our friends and neighbours. All...
  • Wednesday 18 November 2015 at 19:30
    A Whist Drive takes place in Pitton Village Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, at 7.30pm. All very welcome!
  • Tuesday 01 December 2015 at 10:30
    The BCCG is an active, genuinely friendly group of volunteers which meets regularly in Blackmoor Copse to help with all kinds of conservation work. We are definitely NOT a clique and welcome new...
  • Thursday 03 December 2015 at 19:30
    Friends’ Christmas Party. At East Grimstead Reading Room, starting at 7.30 pm. Good food and wine, good company, entertainment and a raffle. We look forward to welcoming you. For the Friends of...
  • Sunday 06 December 2015 at 12:00
    Pitton Social Club are hosting a Christmas Drinks Party today. This event is for members of the Pitton Social Club only. To find out more about the Pitton Social Club, please click here.
  • Wednesday 09 December 2015 at 19:30
    The next meeting of Pitton and Farley Parish Council will take place today in Farley Village Hall at 7.30pm. The Agenda for this meeting will be found here, along with the background...
  • Wednesday 09 December 2015 at 20:00
    Every 2nd Wednesday of the month we hold our popular QUIZGO nights- a cross between a Quiz and Bingo! Very informal, lots of cheating, lots of fun- individuals or groups welcome and all in aid of our...
  • Wednesday 16 December 2015 at 12:00
    Pitton Ladies Lunch meets once a month in the Silver Plough to - well - have lunch. Also to enjoy a jolly, cheerful, sometimes a bit serious, conversation with our friends and neighbours. All...
  • Wednesday 16 December 2015 at 19:30
    A Whist Drive takes place in Pitton Village Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, at 7.30pm. All very welcome!
  • Saturday 02 January 2016 at 10:30
    Walk off all that Christmas and New Year excess. Bring the whole family. Well-behaved dogs on leads also very welcome. Please wear suitable footwear for rough/muddy terrain. Mulled wine and mince...
  • Wednesday 09 March 2016 at 19:30
    At East Grimstead Reading Room. The hall will be open at 7 pm for payment of subscriptions and the AGM will start at 7.30 pm. Refreshments will be served and there will be time to circulate, chat,...

Farley Music Festival : Sacred & Secular with the Sarum Six

Date/Time
Saturday 22 June 2013 at 19:00

Sarum Six - 22nd JunePhoto: Amy Lawson

A journey through the English choral landscape with the country’s latest male voice ensemble, led by Philip Lawson.

Steve Abbott (first countertenor)
Tim Wilson (second countertenor)
Michael Keeley (tenor)
Ben Cooper (first baritone)
Philip Lawson (second baritone)
James Ottaway (bass)

ENGLISH RENAISSANCE
Exsurge Domine Byrd
Te lucis ante terminum Tallis
Lift up your heads Gibbons
O Lord give thy holy spirit Tallis
Laudibus in sanctis Byrd
CHORAL DANCES FROM “GLORIANA” Britten
SECOND ENGLISH RENAISSANCE
Beati quorum via Stanford
Music when soft voices die Bairstow
Bushes and briars Vaughan Williams
The long day closes Sullivan
Quick!  we have but a second Stanford
INTERVAL
FOUR MOTETS Duruflé
ARRANGEMENTS IN CLOSE HARMONY

The Farley Music Festival 2013 – a feast of classical music in the charming setting of All Saints’ Church, Farley

All Saints’ Church, Farley, Salisbury SP5 1AH

Tickets (£15) on sale now from Salisbury Playhouse box office 01722 320333  or on-line

Steve Abbott (first countertenor) started his musical career as a chorister in Salisbury Cathedral, under the direction of Richard Seal. After big school and London University, he joined Winchester Cathedral Choir as a Bass (well, sort of Bass), whilst completing a PGCE at King Alfred’s College. Following a teaching post in Northamptonshire, he returned to Salisbury in 1983, to teach Music at Bishop Wordsworth’s School, and two years later re-joined the Cathedral Choir as an Alto. At BWS, he has directed the choir for many years, making regular recordings and trips abroad, and in this capacity, he has been able to subject members of the choir to his numerous choral arrangements. He also has pastoral responsibility for boys in the Lower School, and after whatever the day throws at him, just manages to escape at the end, in time to rehearse for daily Evensong. He has been married twice.  But to the same person.  He married first, aged 16, on stage, thanks to Gilbert and Sullivan, and then made it official a few years later. He and Kate share their home with two cats and Alfie, a Shetland-pony-sized  black Labrador: their two children having left home. Well, sort of.

Tim Wilson (second countertenor) was hailed by Gramophone as ‘treble of the decade’ as a Winchester chorister and went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music after which he won Young Concert Artists and the Kathleen Ferrier Prize. Tim sang at the 1981 Royal Wedding of Charles and Diana and with groups like the Tallis Scholars, the Gabrieli Consort and the BBC Singers. Solo work then took over with oratorio and recital performances taking Tim from the Cayman Islands to the Philippines. He went on to sing major countertenor opera roles at home and abroad including Mitridate and Death in Venice at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in the mid 90’s. After tiring of treading the boards and racking up the air miles, Tim gave up living out of a suitcase and got a proper(ish) job with Mercedes Benz before moving into the world of property. He went on to live and work in Marbella, Dubai and Lanzarote before returning to live and sing at St Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle in 2007.Last year Tim and his wife Chris moved to the sunny climes of Wiltshire where they have built a thatched cottage in Alderbury.

Michael Keeley (tenor) was a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral and attended Bishop Wordsworth School.  After studying music at Goldsmith’s College, London, he spent three years as a Lay Clerk at Lichfield Cathedral.  In 1990 he became Assistant Director of Music at The Godolphin School in Salisbury where he taught for three years.  Michael was appointed to his present post as Director of Music and Senior Teacher at More House School, Knightsbridge in 1993.  He was an Assistant Vicar Choral in the choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral from 1994 to 2011.  Michael continues to sing regularly at St Paul’s, Westminster Abbey and with other choirs and groups as his teaching commitments allow.  He recently returned to his home village of Whiteparish to conduct a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria as part of the local music festival.  Michael lists cycling and curry amongst his interests.

Currently a Lay Clerk in Winchester Cathedral Choir, Ben Cooper (first baritone) began singing at an early age in the choir of his local parish church. He went on to study piano at the Colchester Institute School of Music, where he also held a Choral Scholarship at Chelmsford Cathedral.   Ben has worked with many groups. He has previously held positions as a Lay Clerk at Worcester Cathedral and in the Schola Cantorum of Tewkesbury Abbey, making many recordings and broadcasts.   As the first baritone with the International award winning a cappella sextet the Songmen, Ben gave concerts throughout Europe and recorded a CARA nominated studio album ‘Midnight’.   Working as an accompanist, he has worked with both groups and soloists, making recordings with Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir. He is now enjoying encouraging the next generation of pianists, as a visiting music teacher in Hampshire.

Philip Lawson (second baritone) began his professional singing in London in the late 1970s when he performed regularly with choirs such as the BBC Singers, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. The “height” of his career arrived as early as 1986 when he and the three other members of the vocal ensemble Quodlibet were hired by ITV’s “Game for a Laugh” to perform part of the Monteverdi Vespers while skydiving from 13,000 feet! By 1982 Philip had relocated to Salisbury where he was for 11 years the Decani Bass in the Cathedral Choir, and for much of that time also Director of Music at Chafyn Grove School. Southern Cathedrals Festival audiences might remember his rather inept attempts at acting, beardless, the part of Biggles in the Fringe shows in 1988 and 1992, for which he also set Andrew Mackay’s brilliant plays to music. In 1993 Philip successfully auditioned for the part of second baritone in The King’s Singers, replacing founder-member Simon Carrington, and after three years switched to the high baritone part. In 2012, after 18 years of full-time touring and recording with this somewhat busy group, he decided to return to a life of relative normality, as a vocal arranger/composer and singing teacher (Wells Cathedral School and St. Edmund’s Salisbury), and to the relative vocal comfort of the lower baritone part in Sarum Six!

James Ottaway (bass) was a chorister, and later a music student, at King’s College, Cambridge. His diverse range of solo performing experience has taken him to Sicily with Pro Cantiones Antiqua, Tel Aviv with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the London Sinfonietta, Sadlers Wells with London Festival Ballet, the Amsterdam Concertgebow with the Schoenberg Ensemble, and festivals in France, Italy, Germany and Spain with the Deller Consort, as well as many oratorio appearances with British choral societies. More unusual experiences include being attacked by flying ants during a open-air concert in Provence, singing to an audience of five with the Light Blues in Sweden, due to a lack of publicity, smoking on stage while trying to sing a Mozart aria with Opera East, and performing for Netherlands Opera with a bald yellow head and purple nose, a style which his wife regarded as something of an improvement. James has taught singing at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, Exeter and Warwick Universities, and Christ’s and Jesus Colleges in Cambridge, and has taught on courses at the Deller Academy in Provence, Early Music Wales, and Stavanger College of Music in Norway. He currently teaches at Winchester College, Sherborne School, South Wilts Grammar School for Girls, and privately in Salisbury. After Richard he probably has the most hair in Sarum Six, a situation he hopes will last for a while longer.

Location
All Saints' Church

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