• Saturday 07 August 2021 at 18:30
    Come along to an evening of mystery, murkiness and murder. Cash bar on the night. Tickets £10 including supper. If you fancy dressing up in the mood of an Elizabethan Execution, please feel...
  • Saturday 14 August 2021 at 00:00
    Hello from the Carnival Committee! This will be the second year for our exciting on-line auction which will run from Saturday 14th to Saturday 21st August 2021 to help raise funds for Pitton...
  • Saturday 21 August 2021 at 18:00
    We are having a Big Party with Queen and ABBA tribute bands on August 21st, 2021. There will be a bar and food court too. It's all happening to raise money for Farley Hospital. Buy Tickets and...
  • Sunday 22 August 2021 at 14:30
    Carnival picnic in the village hall field. Note that this event is for Pitton village residents and their guests only. Start at 2:30pm, music from Sticky Toffee Jazz from 4:30pm, bar for the...
  • Saturday 02 October 2021 at 00:00
    Pitton Village Hall Fund Raising Committee are organising an evening with supper and musical entertainment on Saturday, 2nd October, in the Hall. More details to follow

Music in 18th Century Salisbury Rediscovered

Date/Time
Sunday 28 June 2015 at 18:00

We are performing an interesting concert on 28 June based upon research taken from old Salisbury Journal reviews of 18th Century “Subscription Concerts” organised by James Harris in Salisbury.

James Harris

James Harris

A concert programme found in a rare letter in the Hampshire Record Office dating from 1740 has provided the starting point for a unique opportunity to discover what it would have been like to attend one of the subscription concerts held fortnightly in Salisbury during the 18th century.

In the Medieval Hall, Salisbury on Sunday June 28th at 6.00 pm, Salisbury Baroque will perform some of the works from this programme featuring soprano Nicky Ogborn in songs by Handel together with concertos by Geminiani.

Nicky Ogborn

Nicky Ogborn

Researcher and Salisbury Baroque member, Nigel Wyatt, says “The fortnightly subscription concerts were at the heart of a wide range of music-making in Salisbury. Performances of the music from the original concert programme will be complemented by vivid descriptions of these occasions from first hand accounts in journals and letters which provide fascinating insights into the musical life of Salisbury at this time.”

In the letter of February 1740, Mr John Kent of Winterslow informs James Harris, of Malmesbury House in the Close, about recent events in Salisbury and then goes on to list the pieces chosen for the next subscription concert. These concerts were held in the Assembly Rooms on the site now occupied by Waterstones Bookshop.

Founded by David Morgan, Salisbury Baroque was set up in 2010 to enable local players (and some colleagues from further afield) to share their passion for the music of Bach and Handel and their contemporaries with audiences in historic settings.  Using copies of instruments of the period and authentic playing style, the group brings to its audience a sense of intimacy and style difficult to achieve with larger forces and modern, heavier instruments.  The ensemble has built an enviable reputation in the Salisbury area for lively, engaging performances, and attracts a loyal and enthusiastic local audience.

P1010147Tickets price £10 in advance available from Musicroom, Catherine Street, Salisbury.

www.salisburybaroque.org.uk

Kind regards

David Morgan

Chair and Hon. Treasurer – Salisbury Baroque

Location
Medieval Hall, Salisbury