Farley Music Festival, this year from June 18 to June 23 is the 18th and is in the iconic Wren-style All Saints’ Church in the village. It features, among others, Scotland’s globally acclaimed Ayoub Sisters and current winner of the coveted Liszt competition in Budapest, Riyad Nicolas.
With a world-class line-up of classical music performers, the organisers hope to draw record numbers.
Once again, the festival has five concerts from Tuesday, June 18 to Saturday, June 22 at 7pm and ends on Sunday, June 23 at 6pm with the traditional Festival Evensong when the preacher is the Revd Canon James Mustard, Precentor of Exeter Cathedral.
The festival has grown a loyal following by booking talented international young musicians performing classical music of the highest quality. This year, four return to wow the audience once more.
On Tuesday, Syrian pianist Riyad Nicolas, who last performed to great acclaim at the festival in 2011 when he was only 22, plays an enthralling programme including the Liszt Paganini Étude No. 6 in A minor; Beethoven’s Sonata in E flat major, Op. 27 No. 1; Schumann’s Fantasiestücke Opus 12 and a selection of works from Russian composers Tchaikovsky, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff.
Italian classical pianist Francesca Orlando’s passionate style plays on Wednesday. The Royal Academy of music postgraduate student’s concert includes Schubert’s Drei Klavierstücke and Beethoven’s Sonata in A flat major, Op.110.
Serbian Viktor Bijelović, who performed twice for Prince Charles and won several international competitions, returns on the Thursday with a concert, sponsored by Trethowans. Viktor’s recital includes Chopin’s magnificent Ballades, and Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6, and more.
On Friday, the trio International Young Soloists –Hungarian pianist Alexandra Balog; South Korean violinist Jane Kim; and Romanian chamber musician, cellist Réka Adorjáni (top picture) – plays Beethoven’s Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 (Appassionata); Chopin’s Introduction et Polonaise Brillante, Op.3 for cello and piano; and Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op.8.
The instrumentalist Ayoub sisters, Sarah and Laura, make a welcome return on Saturday. The duo performs an international selection of music, drawing upon their Egyptian heritage and Scottish influences, with a mix of classical and popular favourites, including works by Saint-Saëns, Monti, M S Basha, and the sisters themselves.
All concerts start at 7pm and each cost £15 per person, which includes a glass of wine in the interval. Tickets are at Salisbury Playhouse, 01722 320333, or www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk, or on the door, subject to availability.
Proceeds go to the upkeep of All Saints’ Church Farley. The Festival finale Evensong on Sunday, June 23 at 6pm, is free of charge. For full programme information, visit www.farleymusic.co.uk