Music in Farley presents Golden Consort
The highly-praised female vocal ensemble Golden Consort, hailed as ‘Wonderful, remarkable’ and ‘Amazing’ by recent listeners in Salisbury Cathedral, bring a colourful programme of songs for their Farley debut.
Golden Consort takes wing as both a baroque instrumental ensemble and a professional chamber choir for sopranos and altos. For our next concert at Farley with the harpist Katie Salomon, the choir will present a colourful programme of music by Brahms, Britten, Hildegard of Bingen, Holst, Palestrina & Stravinsky, plus and featuring Gustav Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda for harp and voices.
The main work will be the magnificent setting for harp and voices of three Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda by Holst. Conductor Colin Howard is known in Salisbury as having directed the Farrant Singers and Sarum Consort. He sings regularly with the Cathedral Choir here and at Winchester and is chorus-master to the Two Moors Festival in Devon. Colin is one half of the newly-formed piano duo with Sharon Gould, whose debut concert of music by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms and Debussy took place at Farley this spring.
Katie Salomon (née Flanaghan) has performed at venues as diverse as Buckingham Palace, the Royal Society of Medicine, the Ritz, London’s Guildhall, Wembley Pavilion Arena, the Gherkin and Royal Hospital Chelsea.
She has recorded with record labels including Deutsche Grammophon, Universal, Decca and Demon records, for artists including Aled Jones, Camilla Kerslake, Celeste and The Choir Girl. Other recordings include performances of Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Janacek Otce nas and Britten Ceremony of Carols with choir Sarum Voices – highly recommended by Catherine Bott on the BBC Radio 3 programme “Building a Library”.
She has played with orchestras including the English Sinfonia, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and La Folia, working with conductors such as Marin Alsop, George Benjamin and Andrew Litton, and performing in the major concert halls in Great Britain.
Katie studied harp with Charlotte Seale at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and since graduating with Sioned Williams, Principal Harp of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Katie is currently Teacher of Harp at Bryanston, Canford, Godolphin and Salisbury Cathedral School.
Organist Kris Thomsett is currently Organ Scholar at Salisbury Cathedral. Prior to Salisbury, Kris was Organ Scholar of Norwich Cathedral, a post he held whilst reading Music at the University of East Anglia. Whilst in Norwich, Kris conducted both the Barton Turf Choral Society and the Hethersett singers whilst also being active as a solo recitalist. Recitals last year included St Davids Cathedral and St Martin’s Worcester as part of the Three Choirs Festival.
Tickets £10 from Salisbury Playhouse 01722 320333 or on the door.