Flower and Music Festival 2017

A Flower and Music Festival is taking place in St Michael’s Church, Mere from 9th to 11th June this year.

Recently, Mere has been nominated by a national newspaper as one of the best places to live in the South West! So the theme of the festival is ‘Celebrating Mere’.

This is the first flower festival to be held in the church for many years and will involve a wide range of local organisations, clubs, schools and businesses. The event will bring together people of all ages to showcase the vibrant town of Mere, and create more awareness of the diverse activities available in the town.

In addition, a great programme of musical events is planned to coincide with the festival which promises to offer something for everyone.

  • Friday 9th June 7 pm – A concert including Mere and Gillingham School choirs and Shreen Harmony
  • • Saturday 10th June 7.30 pm – An evening with the Farrant Singers (Chamber Choir)
  • • Sunday 11th June 10.30 am – Church Service with The Bishop of Salisbury
  • • Sunday 11th June 4.30 pm – Songs of Praise

Over three days, flower arrangements representing different elements of the community will be on display in the church and there will be music of various kinds to enjoy. The church will be open for visitors to wander around the floral displays on Friday, Saturday from 10am to 4 pm and on Sunday from 12 to 4 pm.

The Church of St Michael the Archangel is a stunning piece of local heritage and a much loved place for worship, celebration and remembrance. It is one of the churches in Simon Jenkins’ book ‘England’s Thousand Best Churches’. It holds a number of hidden gems including a 14th  century brass, 15th century rood screen and intriguing misericords, and a rare example of the Coats of Arms of James II. As well as celebrating our community, the event will raise awareness and promote this local historic asset, and support the plans to make it more inclusive for the community by improving access and providing public facilities. This will extend the use of the building, making it sustainable for present and future generations.

For further details look on social media, in Mere Matters and on posters around the town.

For enquiries email festival (at) hillcrest.me.uk.

Farrant Singers at the Festival

 “The Farrant Singers are fast becoming one of Salisbury’s best choirs. If you haven’t heard them yet, you should definitely get to their next concert.” (Salisbury Journal)

 The Farrant Singers is the longest-established chamber choir in Salisbury, with close links to the medieval city, the surrounding Wiltshire villages and the Cathedral, where the choir occasionally sings the services in place of the Cathedral Choir.  The group currently comprises around 38 singers and its repertoire includes a wide range of sacred and secular music, spanning many periods and styles.

We are delighted that the choir is bringing their summer concert, ‘All the Queen’s Men’ to St Michael’s as part of the Flower and Music Festival.

Every summer Queen Elizabeth l travelled about the shires in stately pageantry to be hosted and entertained by members of the aristocracy. With little notice and chaos ensuing, it was said that to have the dainty footfall of the Queen through one’s home was like a whirlwind, a comet and a plague of locusts all rolled into one!

‘All the Queen’s Men’ is a fictionalised account, written by Deborah Mackay, of one of these visitations with music by composers from Byrd to Weelkes. For this entertaining evening of words and music the Farrant Singers, conducted by Andrew Mackay, are joined by Elizabeth Kenny, lute, Reiko Ichise, viola da gamba and Melanie Ferris, narrator.

The concert in on Saturday 10th June at St. Michael’s Church, Mere starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 from Casa Fina, High Street, Salisbury, online at www.farrantsingers.org or by phone on 01722 324731 or 01747 861212.