• Saturday 02 July 2016 at 18:30
    Come and join us for an exciting evening of Horse Racing, to raise funds to enable Bethany Madgwick and Will Hawkshaw to realise their dream of attending the Total Eclipse Scout Camp USA...
  • Monday 04 July 2016 at 20:00
    We are starting a new quiz with a guaranteed jackpot winner on the night. General questions and possibly a music round, £2 in a jar, whoever gets the most answers correct wins the jackpot. 1st Monday of every month.
  • Wednesday 06 July 2016 at 19:30
    The next meeting of the Pitton & Farley Book Club will be on  Wednesday July 6th at 7.30pm in The Silver Plough, when we will be discussing "A Jarful of Angels" by Babs...
  • Friday 08 July 2016 at 10:00
    A sale of handicrafts made by displaced people in Western China. All are welcome.
  • Saturday 09 July 2016 at 16:00
    This year's theme is the Wild West. All the usual stalls and sideshows. Dance to Gary Nunn's Ticklish Allsorts Band.
  • Wednesday 13 July 2016 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 14 July 2016 at 10:00
    There will be a walk today organised for members of the Men of Pitton from Easton (Winchester) with lunch at the Chestnut Horse. It is proposed that we do a very enjoyable walk from THE CHESTNUT...
  • Saturday 16 July 2016 at 18:30
    Coem along to the village hall and join our new venture! Partake of a supper that any cowby would hook his saddle for! Tickets £10.
  • Saturday 16 July 2016 at 19:30
    A talk by Allan Mallinson former soldier, author and The Times historian of the First World War. Alderbury Village Hall, Licensed Bar and light refreshments, Tickets £10
  • Wednesday 20 July 2016 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 20 July 2016 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 23 July 2016 at 14:30
    So Where’s the Millennium Pond? Enjoy a 2 hour stroll to the Millennium Pond and back, with light refreshments on the way. Meet at Eastern Clearing car park at 2.30 pm. Please wear suitable...
  • Monday 01 August 2016 at 20:00
    We are starting a new quiz with a guaranteed jackpot winner on the night. General questions and possibly a music round, £2 in a jar, whoever gets the most answers correct wins the jackpot. 1st Monday of every month.
  • Wednesday 03 August 2016 at 19:30
    The next meeting of Pitton and Farley Parish Council will take place in Farley Village Hall at 7.30pm The Agenda for this meeting will be found here, along with the background notes. All...
  • Wednesday 10 August 2016 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 August 2016 at 11:15
    Pitton Social Club has organised a trip to the Watermill Theatre on Thursday 11th August to see 'Crazy for You' starring Tom Chambers.
  • Saturday 13 August 2016 at 16:00
    Summer Walk and BBQ. This hour or so circular stroll will take us towards Eastern Clearing and be followed by a locally-sourced BBQ! Stout footwear recommended. Meet at the Barn by 4 pm. Soft drinks,...
  • Wednesday 17 August 2016 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 August 2016 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!
  • Thursday 01 September 2016 at 19:00
    Don't miss an extraordinary evening of home grown entertainment! £10 adult; £5 child; £20 family; in aid of Farley All Saints’ and St Peter’s Pitton. Price includes a glass of wine and entry to the free raffle.
  • Monday 05 September 2016 at 20:00
    We are starting a new quiz with a guaranteed jackpot winner on the night. General questions and possibly a music round, £2 in a jar, whoever gets the most answers correct wins the jackpot. 1st Monday of every month.
  • Tuesday 06 September 2016 at 15:00
    There will be a visit to the Dahlia Garden Centre in Sherfield English today organised by the Pitton Social Club. Members to arrive at 3.00pm. Please note that this event is for members of...
  • Wednesday 07 September 2016 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 14 September 2016 at 10:00
    The Men of Pitton are organising a trip to Blenheim Palace today for Members. For more about the Men of Pitton, click here.
  • Wednesday 14 September 2016 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 21 September 2016 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 September 2016 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!
  • Monday 03 October 2016 at 20:00
    We are starting a new quiz with a guaranteed jackpot winner on the night. General questions and possibly a music round, £2 in a jar, whoever gets the most answers correct wins the jackpot. 1st Monday of every month.
  • Wednesday 12 October 2016 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...
  • Tuesday 18 October 2016 at 10:00
    The Men of Pitton are organising a visit to the Warner Brothers Film Studios at Leavesden, for members today. For more about the Men of Pitton, click here.
  • Wednesday 19 October 2016 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 October 2016 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 21 October 2016 at 19:00
    The annual Charity Supper of the Pitton Social Club will be held today in Pitton Village Hall with the theme of Kings and Queens, to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. Please note that this...
  • Sunday 23 October 2016 at 14:00
    Autumn Drive Through. Another opportunity to come into the wood by car to drive the hard tracks. Enter at Livery Gate or Tytherley Road Entrance and come along for refreshments at the Barn. Then...
  • Wednesday 26 October 2016 at 19:30
    The next meeting of Pitton and Farley Parish Council will take place in Farley Village Hall at 7.30pm The Agenda for this meeting will be found here, along with the background notes. All...
  • Sunday 30 October 2016 at 10:00
    Fungus Foray. Come and learn to recognise and identify some amazing fungi with FOBW, Wiltshire Botanical Society and the Salisbury & District Natural History Society. Coordinator Ailsa McKee will...
  • Friday 04 November 2016 at 15:00
    There will be a talk on Guide Dogs for the Blind given by Debbie Furnell today at 3pm in Pitton Village Hall. Please note that this event is for members of the Pitton Social Club, only.
  • Monday 07 November 2016 at 20:00
    We are starting a new quiz with a guaranteed jackpot winner on the night. General questions and possibly a music round, £2 in a jar, whoever gets the most answers correct wins the jackpot. 1st Monday of every month.
  • Wednesday 09 November 2016 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 November 2016 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 November 2016 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 19 November 2016 at 10:00
    The Men of Pitton are organising a trip to Farnborough Airfield today. For more about the Men of Pitton, click here.
  • Monday 05 December 2016 at 20:00
    We are starting a new quiz with a guaranteed jackpot winner on the night. General questions and possibly a music round, £2 in a jar, whoever gets the most answers correct wins the jackpot. 1st Monday of every month.
  • Wednesday 07 December 2016 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...
  • Thursday 08 December 2016 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 more about the...
  • Sunday 11 December 2016 at 00:00
    The Pitton Social Club Christmas Drinks party will take place at 12 noon today in Pitton Village Hall. Please note that this event is for members of the Pitton Social Club, only.
  • Wednesday 14 December 2016 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 14 December 2016 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 21 December 2016 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!
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    Friends of Bentley Wood AGM: Annual General Meeting. 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...

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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