• Wednesday 08 April 2020 at 19:00
    This event has been postponed until further notice. Annual General Meeting at East Grimstead Reading Room. Hall opens at 7 pm for payment of subscriptions, AGM starts at 7.30 pm. Refreshments...
  • Saturday 18 April 2020 at 10:00
    This event has been postponed until further notice. Bean Pole Celebration at the Bentley Wood Barn. Bean Pole Celebration at the Barn. Demonstrations of woodland crafts, including making...
  • Wednesday 22 April 2020 at 19:30
    The Press and Public are invited to attend, and so prior to the start of the meeting there will be a short period of time set aside for public questions or comments about items on the...
  • Sunday 26 April 2020 at 05:30
    This event has been postponed until further notice. Early Morning Birdsong Walk. We'll listen to the Dawn Chorus as we stroll.  Experts will be on hand to help.  Stout footwear and torch...
  • Friday 08 May 2020 at 14:00
    Please join us for VE Day Celebrations at St. Peter's Church, Pitton, on Friday May 8th from 2 - 4pm. Tea, Cake and activities.
  • Saturday 23 May 2020 at 00:00
    A flower festival on the theme of Nature, Nurture, Flora & Fauna - your help is needed...
  • Tuesday 16 June 2020 at 19:00
    Elena is a very talented young Austrian Violinist from Salzburg who has played with the London Philharmonic orchestra. With our own Salisbury based Nicholas Walker on Piano it will feature Prokofiev’s thrilling and glorious 2nd Sonata as well as pieces by Mozart and Beethoven
  • Wednesday 17 June 2020 at 19:00
    By popular demand a return to Farley of this young but inspirational player, who last visited in 2012. His program will contrast English music of the 16th/17th century with a more romantic repertoire.
  • Thursday 18 June 2020 at 19:00
    David is another world-class returnee who wowed audiences with his playing of the Alkan concerto in 2013. David plays the organ as well as the piano and has toured the world in this capacity. His programme will include works by Chopin. This is a young player of brilliance who has performed in the USA (Los Angeles prize winner), Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Friday 19 June 2020 at 19:00
    A winner of the Berlin International Concerto Competition and the prodigious Manhattan International Music Competition, Mihayi is a very gifted and interesting young pianist. As a winner of a number of prestigious competitions, we are sure that the Farley audience will respond to his intelligence and warmth which will be displayed in his playing which will include Bach’s celebrated “Goldberg Variations”.
  • Saturday 20 June 2020 at 19:00
    Diva Opera is an internationally renowned Chamber Opera with an unrivalled reputation within the Operatic world. Founded in 1997 Diva Opera performs over 50 performances annually across Europe, Russia, The Far East and South Africa. Diva Opera promotes young artists as well as established performers. The evening at Farley will showcase arias particularly from Carmen and Don Giovanni.
  • Saturday 27 June 2020 at 00:00
    27th June - add the date to your diary. More information to follow soon.

FMF 2020 : Diva Opera Company

Saturday 20 June 2020 at 19:00

Diva is Chamber Opera at its best. Encouraging young artists as well as established performers reviews for DIVAOPERA speak for themselves.

Founded in 1997 Diva Opera has earned an unrivalled reputation within the operatic world. The Saturday Night performance will one of around 50 annual performances given by the company, which tour as far afield as Russia, South Africa and the Far East.

Diva Opera are an internationally renowned chamber opera company that have been entertaining audiences for over 20 years.

Founded in 1996 by Anne Marabini Young and Bryan Evans, the company has grown over the years into one of the most revered opera companies in the UK.

“I was a singer and started the company to do a few concerts,” explained Anne.

“Bryan came on board after his job with another opera company ended, and we began to broaden it with singers from all over the country.”

Now Diva Opera stage around 50 productions a year, in both the UK and abroad, in countries including Japan, France and South Africa.

Over the years the company has staged over 2,000 productions of classic operas from Mozart, Puccini and many more.

“We’re a chamber opera company and perform in a smaller format,” continued Anne.

“We don’t alter the operas in any way, we just have a smaller cast of around 10 or 12, with a reduced chorus and piano rather than a full or reduced orchestra.

“And we perform in beautiful period costumes – it’s become a bit of a trademark for us and it makes the productions even more special.”

Anne – who originally hails from New Zealand – is the General Director, overseeing everything from travel arrangements to casting, while husband Bryan – who was awarded an MBE in 1993 for his services to music and opera – is the Music and Artistic Director.

Together the pair bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the company, along with their stage and wardrobe teams and performers from all over Europe.
Anne and her crew were preparing for a trip to France, having earlier this year visited Tokyo to perform.

She said: “We did three performances in an 800-seat venue in Tokyo and it was packed every night.

To attend a concert in All Saints’ Church, Farley, is to be delighted by this charming seventeenth century church with its extraordinary acoustics, and to marvel at the quality of musicianship presented in a small, intimate setting. During June, the Farley Music Festival is held across five evenings when young pianists from the Royal Academy of Music astonish and surprise audiences, together with programmes featuring opera, choral and instrumental music.

The 2020 Farley Music Festival will take place between Tuesday 16th and Sunday 21st June.

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