• Saturday 24 February 2018 at 16:30
    Come and join us to watch a great game of Rugby.  Pub open at 4:30pm, kick-off at 4:45pm. Exmoor Gold/Hopback Haka; Abbot and Doombar £3.50 per pint. Log fire.  Steak and kidney pie and...
  • Saturday 24 February 2018 at 19:30
    Free entry, all donations to Pitton Village Hall, FOPS and The MS Society. Bring your own drinks!
  • Sunday 25 February 2018 at 11:00
    Parish Eucharist
  • Sunday 25 February 2018 at 14:00
    Come and join us and return Pitton's countryside to its former glory. Refreshments included!
  • Sunday 25 February 2018 at 18:00
    There will be a Team Sung Evensong this evening at 6pm at All Saints' church, Farley. All welcome.
  • Wednesday 28 February 2018 at 19:30
    All are invited to attend the Pitton Village Hall AGM.
  • Saturday 03 March 2018 at 19:30
    The Pittonque Club are holding their annual Triboule fun evening on Saturday 3rd March. Open to non-members. Tickets £13.50 includes supper.
  • Sunday 04 March 2018 at 11:00
    There will be a service of Morning Praise with Pitton Pathfinders at 11am at St.Peter's Church, Pitton. All welcome.
  • Sunday 04 March 2018 at 11:00
    Parish Eucharist today at 11AM. All welcome.
  • Wednesday 07 March 2018 at 19:00
    The 2018 Annual General Meeting takes place today at East Grimstead Reading Room. The hall will be open at 7 pm for payment of subscriptions, AGM starts at 7.30 pm. Refreshments will be served and...
  • Wednesday 07 March 2018 at 19:30
    The Book Club meets next on Wednesday 7th March at 8.00pm in The Silver Plough Pitton when we'll be discussing "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles If you want to know more about the Pitton...
  • Wednesday 07 March 2018 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 will be found here, when available along with the Background Report. All...
  • Friday 09 March 2018 at 18:45
    Pitton Village Hall presents Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid Doors and bar open at 6.45. Tickets £8 to include a finger buffet supper and choc ices in the interval. Tickets available...
  • Monday 12 March 2018 at 13:00
    Come and join us for lunch and support teenagers and young adults in Uganda.
  • Wednesday 14 March 2018 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. As of December...
  • Thursday 22 March 2018 at 19:30
    All are welcome whether your interest is in acting, directing, stage and sets management, lighting, music or dancing - let’s put local talent in the limelight.
  • Saturday 07 April 2018 at 10:30
    Demonstrations of woodland crafts using hazel, with tea/coffee and biscuits. Come and take away coppice products from the wood – bean poles and pea sticks – available for a modest fee. The...
  • Wednesday 11 April 2018 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. As of December...
  • Sunday 29 April 2018 at 14:00
    Gates open at 2 pm and close at 4.30 pm. Drive through the wood by car to see woodland trees springing back into life and, of course, the bluebells. Enter at Livery Gate or Tytherley Road entrance...
  • Wednesday 02 May 2018 at 19:00
    The next meeting of Pitton and Farley Parish Council will take place in Farley Village Hall at 7.00pm.  This will be a two-part meeting: The Annual Parish Electors Meeting (7.00pm) The...
  • Wednesday 09 May 2018 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. As of December...
  • Wednesday 06 June 2018 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 notes. All...
  • Wednesday 13 June 2018 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. As of December...
  • Saturday 07 July 2018 at 00:00
    Save the date - more information to follow soon!
  • Wednesday 11 July 2018 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. As of December...
  • Wednesday 25 July 2018 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 can be found here, along with the Background Report. All...
  • Wednesday 08 August 2018 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. As of December...
  • Wednesday 12 September 2018 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. As of December...
  • Wednesday 10 October 2018 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. As of December...
  • Wednesday 14 November 2018 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. As of December...
  • Wednesday 12 December 2018 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. As of December...

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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