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'Lamentation'

Saturday 2nd March, 2024

St. Martin's Church, Salisbury

7.30pm

Charles Villiers Stanford - Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C

Charles Villiers Stanford - Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in G

Robert White - Lamentations (a5)

 

INTERVAL

 

Edward Bairstow - The Lamentation

Charles Villiers Stanford - Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in Bb

Charles Villiers Stanford - Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in A

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'In Terra Pax'

Saturday16th December, 2023

St. Martin's Church, Salisbury

7.30pm

Anon

Anon

Michael Praetorius

William Walton

Benjamin Britten

Richard Rodney Bennett

Lennox Berkeley

William Matthias

Gerald Finzi

 

 

 

ALL

Richard Runciman Terry

Kenneth Leighton

ALL

Arr. John Rutter

Arr. Gustav Holst

Philip Lawson

ALL

Johann Sebastian Bach

​Arr. Philip Lawson

In dulci jubilo

There is no rose

Psallite unigenito

All this time

A New Year Carol

Out of your sleep

I sing of a maiden

Sir Christemus

In Terra Pax

 

 

 

O come all ye faithful

Myn liking

Lully lulla

It came upon a midnight clear

Down in yon forest

Personent hodie

Evermore

O little town of Bethlehem

Zion Hears

Last night of the Christmas Proms

'Requiem'

Saturday 11th November, 2023

St. Martin's Church, Salisbury

7.30pm

William Byrd's 'Mass for 5 Voices' interspersed with movements from the Requiems of Brahms, Howells, Rutter and Mozart

William Byrd - KYRIE

Johannes Brahms - Wie lieblich 

William Byrd - GLORIA

Herbert Howells - Requiem aeternam 

*Johann Sebastian Bach - Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727 

William Byrd - CREDO

John Rutter - The Lord is my shepherd 

William Byrd - SANCTUS

 

INTERVAL

 

William Byrd - BENEDICTUS

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Dies irae 

William Byrd - AGNUS DEI

*George Thalben-Ball - Elegy   

Herbert Howells - Take him, earth, for cherishing

*Organ solos

Philip Lawson, conductor

Simon Dinsdale, organ

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Sarum Reflections

with Barney Norris and John Cox

A concert of words and music in aid of St. Thomas's Appeal

Saturday 1st July, 2023

St. Thomas's Church, Salisbury

7.30pm

Part One: Visitors to Salisbury

 

Shephard, Richard - To Music (written for the Farrant Singers)

 

       From: The Diary of Samuel Pepys Thursday 11 June 1668

       From: An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope

       From: English Hours by Henry James

 

Anonymous - Edi beo thu hevene quene (XIV c.)

 

       From: Travels and Travelling 1616-1653 by John Taylor 

       From: In Pursuit of Spring by Edward Thomas 

       From: Guilt and Sorrow or Incidents on Salisbury Plain

                   by William Wordsworth 

       From: The Complete Adventures of Henry Chalk

                   by Nick Cowen

       From: As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning 

                   by Laurie Lee 

 

Roth, Alec - Men and Angels (words by George Herbert)

(written for the Farrant Singers)

 

       From: Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens

       From: The Longest Journey by E. M. Forster

 

Uffereri, Giovanni - Caeli enarrant gloriam Dei

       A Walk in Melchester with Thomas Hardy

           From: The Early Life of Thomas Hardy, 1840–91 

           A Cathedral Façade at Midnight 

           From: Jude the Obscure - Part Third At Melchester 

           The High-School Lawn 

           From: Jude the Obscure - Part Third At Melchester 

           From: Tess of the d’Urbervilles 

 

Mackay, Andrew – Summer Dreams

                                            INTERVAL

 

Part Two: Residents in Salisbury

 

Moody, Howard - Nonino (written for the Farrant Singers)

 

       A Walk in Salisbury with George Herbert

           The Water-course by George Herbert 

           From: The Life of Mr. George Herbert by Izaak Walton 

           Love III by George Herbert 

           Host by Vikram Seth 

 

Uttendal, Alexander - Inclina, Domine, aurem tuam

 

       From: Without Knowing Mr Walkley by Edith Olivier

       Home Thoughts in Laventie 1916 by Edward ‘Bim’ Tennant

       From: Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

       From: The Spire by William Golding

 

Rheinberger, Josef - Abendlied

 

       From: The Enigma of Arrival by V. S. Naipaul

       From: Ultimate Prizes by Susan Howatch

       From: Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd

 

Archer, Malcolm Cloths of Heaven

 

       From: Five Rivers met on a Wooded Plain by Barney Norris

 

Sullivan, Arthur - I hear the soft note

Pater Noster

Reflections on The Lord's Prayer

Saturday 4th March, 2023

St. Thomas's Church, Salisbury

7.30pm

Plainsong (in procession)  -  Pater Noster (complete)

Plainsong line 1 -  "Pater noster....tuum" 

William Harris -  Holy is the True Light

Orlando di Lasso  -  Domine Dominus Noster

Plainsong line 2  -  "Adveniat....in terra"

Heinrich Schütz  -  Vater Unser

Anton Bruckner  -  Locus Iste

Plainsong line 3  -  "Panem....hodie"

Maurice Duruflé  -  Notre Père

 

READING 

 

Bob Chilcott  -  Oculi Omnium

Plainsong line 4  -   "Et dimitte .... Nostris"

John Tavener  -  The Lord's Prayer

Henry Purcell  -  Remember Not, Lord

Plainsong line 5  -  "Et ne nos.....amalo"

Richard Farrant  -  Hide Not Thou Thy Face

Igor Stravinsky  -  Pater Noster 

Plainsong (in recession). -  Pater Noster (complete)

Orlando Gibbons  -  Amen

INTERVAL

Claude Debussy  -  Trois Chansons de Charles D'Orleans

SPIRITUALS

Arr. Lawson. -  Down to the river to pray

Arr. Knight. -  Swing low, sweet chariot

Arr. Overton  -  In the middle of the road

Arr. Lawson. -  Deep river

Arr. Park. -  Standing in the need of prayer

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'Joy to the World'

Saturday 18th December, 2021

St. Martin's Church, Salisbury

7.30pm

Programme

Boris Ord - Adam lay y-bounden

                O come, o come Emmanuel

Arr. Lawson - Angelus ad Virginem

Francois Poulenc - Quem vidistis

Herbert Howells - Here is the little door

Arvo Pärt - Bogoroditse dyevo

J.S. Bach - Air Pour Les Trompettes

  arr. Michael Allen

Michael Kamen - Quintet

Morten Lauridsen -  O magnum mysterium

Herbert Howells - Sing lullaby

Francois Poulenc - Hodie

arr. Overton - Joy to the World

George Frideric Handel - Hallelujah Chorus

               Unto us a boy is born

arr. Clements - Gabriel's message

arr. Wood - Ding dong! Merrily on high

arr Kay/Overton - Gaudete

                Once in Royal David's City

arr. John Iveson - Christmas Crackers, A Carol Fantasy

                    We Wish You A Merry Christmas

John Gardner - Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

Bob Chilcott - Shepherd's Carol

arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams - We've been a while a-wandering

               While shepherds watched

arr Lawson - Jingle bells

Barbican Brass

Simon Dinsdale - organ

Philip Lawson - conductor

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Monteverdi: Vespers

Saturday 20th November, 2021

Salisbury Cathedral

7pm

 

We joined Salisbury Musical Society as a guest choir, along with St. John's Singers and the Cathedral Choir, for this performance of Monteverdi’s famous Vespers of 1610

The orchestral accompaniment was provided by period instrument ensemble Florilegium.   www.florilegium.org.uk

 

This concert was part of the Cathedral’s (belated) celebration of its 800th anniversary and was conducted by David Halls.

'The Old Order Changeth'

Saturday 23rd October, 2021

St. Martin's Church, Salisbury

7.30pm

Programme

William Byrd - Sing joyfully

Thomas Tallis - Hear the voice and prayer

Orlando Gibbons - O clap your hands

                                     Organ

                Richard Lloyd - Passion Chorale

Edgar Bainton - And I saw a new Heaven

Charles Villiers Stanford - Justorum animae

Edward Bairstow - Lord, I call upon Thee

Sir Edward Elgar - Light out of darkness

                                     Organ

                Richard Lloyd - Church Parade

Richard Lloyd - View me, Lord

Richard Lloyd - All so still

Richard Shephard - The old order changeth

Richard Shephard - Never weather-beaten sail

Richard Shephard - The Birds

Richard Shephard - And when the builders

Simon Dinsdale - organ

Philip Lawson - conductor

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'Hail Gladdening Light'

Thursday 16th April 2021

The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Kingston Deverill

8pm

Programme

David Briggs - Hail Gladdening Light

Plainsong - Light's abode, celestial Salem

Robert White - Christe qui lux es

William Byrd - O lux beata

Palestrina - Nunc Dimittis

Théodore Dubois - Toccata for organ

Sergei Rachmaninov - Svete Tihiy (O Gladsome Light)

Eric Whitacre - Lux aurumque

William Harris - Bring us, O Lord God

Gustav Holst - Nunc Dimittis

 

Johann Sebastian Bach -  Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht

Chant - The Lord is my light (Psalm 27)

Johann Sebastian Bach - The duteous day now closeth

Charles Wood - Hail Gladdening Light

Chris Mahon - organ

Andrew Mackay - conductor

Christmas Concert

Saturday 21st December, 2019

St. Martin's Church, Salisbury

7.30pm

Programme

Handel - Coronation Anthems

        Zadok the Priest

        Let Thy Hand be Strengthened

        The King shall Rejoice

        My Heart is Inditing

Carols for choir and audience and, of course,

join in the Hallelujah Chorus

The Farrant Orchestra

Simon Dinsdale - organ

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Saturday 9th November, 2019

The Italianate Church, Wilton

7.30pm

Programme

Orlando Gibbons - Drop, drop slow tears (Song 46)

Orlando Gibbons - This is the record of John

Orlando Gibbons - O clap your hands

Henry Purcell - Rejoice in the Lord alway (The Bell Anthem)

Henry Purcell - Remember not, Lord, our offences

Henry Purcell - I was glad

Henry Purcell - Chaconne from The Fairy Queen

Henry Purcell - Hear my prayer

Henry Purcell - My heart is inditing

      

                                       INTERVAL

Giacomo Carissimi - Jephte

                      

        Historicus              Andrew Stewart

         Jephte                    Morley Beswick

         Filia                         Abigail Hooper

The Farrant String Ensemble

Mark Wood - organ

Peter Grove - harpsichord

Thursday 3rd October, 2019

St. Andrew's Church, Hurstbourne Priors

8pm

 

Programme

Plainsong - Veni sancte spiritus

Thomas Tomkins - When David heard

Peter Philips - O crux splendidior

Thomas Weelkes - When David heard

C. Hubert H. Parry - My soul, there is a country

C. Hubert H. Parry - Never weather-beaten sail

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford - Beati quorum via

John Tavener - A Hymn to the Mother of God

Pierre Villette - Hymne à la Vierge

Anton Bruckner - Ave Maria

Eric Whitacre - Lux Aurumque

Sergei Rachmaninov - Bogoroditse

Heinrich Isaac/ - The duteous day now closeth

  Johann Sebastian Bach

 

Joseph Rheinberger - Abendlied

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The Glory of Notre Dame - A Tribute

Friday 21st June, 2019

Gillingham Methodist Church

7.30pm

David Briggs - organ

Programme

Louis Marchand (1669-1732) - Grand Jeu, 3e Livre d'Orgue (1696) 

Louis Couperin (1626-1661)- Chaconne in G 

Louis Vierne (1870-1937) - From ‘Pièces de Fantaisie’ 

        o   Cathédrales

        o   Carillon de Westminster

Pierre Cochereau (1924-84), transcribed by David Briggs -      Berceuse à la Mémoire de Louis Vierne

Pierre Cochereau (1924-84), transcribed by David Briggs -

Scherzo Symphonique Improvisée (November 1968) 

Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) - Four motets on Gregorian themes

                                     Ubi caritas et amor

                                     Tota pulchra es

                                     Tu es Petrus

                                     Tantum ergo

Louis Vierne (1870-1937) - Messe Solonnelle in C sharp minor, 

Op. 16

'Beatitudes'

Choral Classics from around Europe

Saturday 15th June, 2019

St. Mary and St. Nicholas' Church, Wilton

7.30pm

Programme

Gregorio Allegri - Miserere mei

Plainsong - Assumpta est Maria

Palestrina - Missa Assumpta est Maria - Kyrie

William Byrd - Laudate Pueri

Palestrina - Missa Assumpta est Maria - Gloria

Orlando Gibbons - Fantasia for organ

Antonio Lotti - Crucifixus à 8

Palestrina - Missa Assumpta est Maria - Credo

Henryk Górecki - Totus Tuus

Palestrina - Missa Assumpta est Maria - Sanctus & Benedictus

Arvo Pärt - The Beatitudes

Palestrina - Missa Assumpta est Maria - Agnus Dei I

Matthew Martin - Vidi aquam

Palestrina - Missa Assumpta est Maria - Agnus Dei II

John Tavener - Song for Athene

Mark Wood - organ.

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Seventh Heaven

A concert of sacred music form seven countries and seven centuries

Thursday 9th May, 2019

St. Mary's Church, Stapleford

8pm (doors open at 7.30pm)

Programme

Plainsong - Veni sancte spiritus

King John of Portugal - Crux Fidelis

Peter Philips - O crux splendidior

John Taverner - Dum transisset

Thomas Tomkins - When David heard

Henry Purcell - Hear my prayer

Thomas Weelkes - When David heard

C. Hubert H. Parry - My soul, there is a country

C. Hubert H. Parry - Never weather-beaten sail

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford - Beati quorum via

John Tavener - A Hymn to the Mother of God

Pierre Villette - Hymne à la Vierge

Anton Bruckner - Ave Maria

Eric Whitacre - Lux Aurumque

Sergei Rachmaninov - Bogoroditse

Joseph Rheinberger - Abendlied

John Sheppard - Libera nos, salva nos

Music for the Season of Lent

Saturday 23rd March, 2019

St. Martin's Church, Salisbury

7.30pm

Programme

Gabriel Fauré - Requiem in D minor, Op.48

Frank Martin - Mass for double choir

Francis Poulenc - Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence

                                Timor et tremor

                                Vinea mea electa

                                Tenebrae factae sunt

                                Tristis est anima mea

John Challenger - organ

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A Selection of Recently Performed Works

 

Bob Chilcott - Salisbury Vespers - World Premiere

John Rutter - Gloria
Giovanni Gabrieli - In ecclesiis and Omnes gentes, plaudite manibus

J S Bach - Motets

Thomas Tallis - O sacrum convivium

Henry Purcell - Hear my prayer

William Harris - Faire is the heaven

Anton Bruckner - Christus factus est

Sergei Rachmaninov - Vespers

Charles Wood - Hail gladdening light

Charles Villiers Stanford - Eternal Father

Herbert Sumsion - They that go down to the sea

Arnold Bax - Mater Ora Filium

Malcolm Archer - Vespers - World Premiere

Jonathan Dove - Into Thy hands

Philip Moore - Three prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Paul Mealor - Now sleeps the Crimson Petal

Alison Duncan - Night

Alison Cameron - A child of the snows

Gabriel Jackson - The Spacious Firmament

Eric Whitacre - Lux Aurumque

Sir C. Hubert H. Parry - Songs of Farewell

Alec Roth - The Elixir*

Alison Cameron - A Foreign Field*

Maurice Duruflé - Requiem Op. 9

Richard Lloyd - Christus natus est* (For The Farrant Singers on their                                                                        60th anniversary, 2018)

Richard Shephard - And when the builders

*First performance

Guest Artists

Elizabeth Kenny - lute and theorbo

Reicho Ichise - viola da gamba

Guy Cutting - tenor

Andrew Littlemore - horn

Simon Dinsdale - organ

Edward Reeve - organ

Fisher Ensemble

Amy Carson - soprano

Timothy Dickinson - baritone

Alison Hill - soprano

Colin Howard - tenor

Simon McEnery - tenor

Jonathan Willcocks -  conductor

John Challenger - organ

Mark Wood - organ

 

 

 

 

 

Past Highlights

 

Tour to Galway .

Thursday 26th - Sunday 29th October 2017

The choir travelled to Galway on the invitation of Irish choir Cois Cladaigh and performed concerts in Clifden, Connemara and Galway City, as well as a Sunday morning service in St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway

All the Queen's Men
Saturday 10th June 2017
St Michael the Archangel, Mere

Part of Flower and Music Festival 2017, Mere

Brahms German Requiem

Saturday 11th February 2017

St. Paul's Church, Covent Garden 

Part of the Brandenburg Festival

Magna Cantata

Tuesday 7th - Friday 10th July 2015

Salisbury Cathedral

A staged cantata written by Philip Lawson and Andrew Mackay to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta.

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