• 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...
  • Tuesday 01 December 2015 at 19:00
    Janice, the organist, has very generously suggested the formation of a choir, to sing a few extra simple pieces at the All Saints' Carol service on Monday 21st December.
  • 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...
  • Friday 04 December 2015 at 19:00
    Menotti’s seasonal music theatre classic – featuring Pitton School Choir. Gian-Carlo’s opera about the visit of the Magi to the manger at Christ’s birth with Hilary Sharland (mezzo soprano) as Amahl’s mother and a chorus of children from Pitton School.
  • Saturday 05 December 2015 at 19:00
    Menotti’s seasonal music theatre classic – featuring Pitton School Choir. Gian-Carlo’s opera about the visit of the Magi to the manger at Christ’s birth with Hilary Sharland (mezzo soprano) as Amahl’s mother and a chorus of children from Pitton School.
  • Sunday 06 December 2015 at 11:00
    Nils is now going to be leading this Morning Worship service in Farley, during which there will be a Baptism. All welcome.
  • 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.
  • Tuesday 08 December 2015 at 20:00
    Our ever-popular annual meeting to get you in the mood for Christmas! Don’t forget to bring your wrapped ‘Christmas Decoration’ gift to the value of around £5, and be prepared to steal and...
  • Wednesday 09 December 2015 at 11:00
    A Cultural Visit to learn about the chemistry of brewing.
  • Wednesday 09 December 2015 at 14:00
    The last Julian Meeting in Pitton will be on Wednesday 9th December 2pm at Grassmere, Whitehill, Pitton. Details of other JMs can be found on www.thejulianmeetings.net For more about the Julian...
  • 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...
  • Sunday 13 December 2015 at 11:00
    Nils is now going to be leading this Morning Worship service in Farley, during which there will be a Baptism. All welcome.
  • Sunday 13 December 2015 at 11:00
    There will be a Parish Eucharist today at 11am at St.Peter's Pitton with Cynthia. All welcome.
  • 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!
  • Sunday 20 December 2015 at 11:00
    There will be a Methodist Service with Carols today at 11am at St.Peter's Pitton. All welcome.  There is no service in Farley this morning.
  • Monday 21 December 2015 at 19:00
    Carols by Candlelight Do join us for the traditional service of nine lessons and your favourite Carols. With Nils. All welcome.
  • Monday 21 December 2015 at 19:30
    The next meeting of the Pitton & Farley Book Club will take place on Monday 21st December at 7.30pm at Church Farm, Townsend, Pitton, when we will be discussing "My Brilliant Friend" by Elizabeth...
  • Tuesday 22 December 2015 at 19:00
    Pitton Carol Service will take place at 7pm tonight at St.Peter's Chuch, Pitton.
  • Tuesday 22 December 2015 at 19:00
    The ever popular Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight, with mulled wine and mince pies.  All welcome.
  • Thursday 24 December 2015 at 15:00
    A special service for all the family as we re-tell the story of the birth of Jesus. Children are encouraged to join in with the service.
  • Thursday 24 December 2015 at 23:15
    All are welcome to join us for the start of Christmas Day when we welcome the Christ Child into the World.  With Jeremy Davies.  
  • Friday 25 December 2015 at 11:00
    There will be an All-Age Eucharist for Christmas Day at All Saints' Church, Farley at 11am. With Jeremy Davies. All welcome - and Happy Christmas!
  • Friday 25 December 2015 at 11:00
    There will be an All-Age Eucharist for Christmas Day at St.Peter's Pitton at 11am. With Nils. All welcome - and Happy Christmas!
  • Sunday 27 December 2015 at 10:00
    There will be a Team Service today at Holy Trinity, East Grimstead at 10am. There will be no services in Pitton or Farley.  
  • 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...
  • Thursday 21 January 2016 at 20:00
    The lovely Jo Holliday, whom some of you know, is coming along this evening to introduce us to the fascinating subject of Crystal Healing. Jo is a qualified mobile reflexologist, beauty and Holistic...
  • 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,...
  • Friday 06 May 2016 at 19:00
    An Entertaining Evening of memories and photos. With Fundraising for a Pitton Defibrillator. Be sure not to miss it!

Farley Music Festival : Sacred & Secular with the Sarum Six

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)

Exsurge Domine Byrd
Te lucis ante terminum Tallis
Lift up your heads Gibbons
O Lord give thy holy spirit Tallis
Laudibus in sanctis Byrd
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

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.

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