Concert: Music for Awhile

Concerts & Public Events
05.07.2017 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Steve Hoffman


Wednesday July 5 at 7:30pm

This concert promises a rich selection of music by J S Bach and members of his family. The programme offers a variety of solos, duos, trios and quartets – a feast of music from the 18th century performed by soloists from Music for Awhile, including some of this generation’s rising superstars.

This performance is sponsored by The Cecil King Memorial Foundation, with all proceeds going to support the fabric of St Thomas's Church.

Music for Awhile was founded in 1996 by Simon Whistler and Margaret Faultless, and the ensemble continues to inspire audiences and performers.  It performs in a variety of venues and has its own Summer Festival at All Saints, Alton Priors. it also features the music of J.S. Bach in performances in churches, such as this recital. The ensemble expands to form a larger orchestra, performing major choral works in venues such as Westminster Abbey, Bath Abbey, Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford (The Three Choirs Festival) and Bristol Cathedrals.

TICKETS: £12 (children and students half price):

By post to Martin Marriott, Hillcroft, Meyrick Avenue, Salisbury SP2 8ED enclosing a cheque made out to PCC St. Thomas's Church and a stamped addressed envelope.

Online: Email request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tickets will be held for you, to be paid for and picked up on the night

In person: Tickets can be bought on the night at St Thomas's Church.

Performing at this concert will be:

Margaret Faultless,Violin
Artistic director of Music for Awhile, Margaret Faultless performs music from Monteverdi to the present day, but is best known as a specialist in historical performance practice. She is co-leader of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. For twelve years, Margaret led the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in their ten-year project to perform and record all J.S Bach’s Cantatas.

She is a regular director of the European Union Baroque Orchestra (for whom she is Director of Studies). A passionate chamber musician, she was a member of the London Haydn Quartet for ten years. Margaret is Director of Performance at the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge, a Bye-Fellow of Girton College and Musician in Residence at St John’s.

She is an Honorary Fellow of the Birmingham Conservatoire, Head of Historical Performance at The Royal Academy of Music, and has been awarded the prestigious Honorary Membership of the Academy.


Tabea Debus, Recorders and cello  
Recorder player and cellist Tabea Debus, is currently the Meaker Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music and 2016 City Music Foundation Artist, won first prizes at in the international hülsta woodwinds and Johann Heinrich Schmelzer competitions.

Performances have taken her to renowned European venues, festivals including London Festival of Baroque Music and York Early Music Festival, and as far as Japan, Singapore and the USA. Tabea recorded her debut CD “upon a ground” in 2012 and released “Cantata per Flauto” in 2016. She was chosen to join the Handel House Talent 2016/17 and St John Smith Square Young Artist 2015/16 Schemes and recently appeared live on BBC Radio 3 In Tune and the Early Music Show.


Olwen Foulkes, Recorders and violin
Recorder player and violinst Olwen Foulkes holds the San Martino Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music where she is completing her MMus studies with Pamela Thorby and Anna Stegmann and was a young artist on the Handel House Talent Scheme during 2015-16. Olwen has performed in London venues including Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, King’s Place, and St. Martin in the Fields and has performed live on BBC Radio3.

She gives regular recitals with harpsichordist Nathaniel Mander and has performed with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, La Serenissima, Music For Awhile, Oxford Baroque, Oxford Bach Soloists, 21st Century Baroque, and the Amadé Players. Her first solo CD will be recorded and released on Barn Cottage Records in 2017.

Olwen is hugely grateful for both the financial assistance that Help Musicians UK have granted her towards study costs, and the funding that The Walter Bergmann Fund, EMI Sound Foundation, Loan Fund for Musical Instruments, and the Wolfson Fund have granted her for instrument purchase.


Benedict Williams, Harpsichord
Benedict Williams began his training as a chorister at King’s College Cambridge and graduated from the University of York with a First Class Degree. He is currently studying harpsichord and continuo at the Royal Academy of Music. At RAM he has worked with some of the leading performers in Historical Performance including Tom Koopman, Rachel Podger, Margaret Faultless, Laurence Cummings and Jane Glover.

He has also played continuo for the OAE Experience scheme. Opera and oratorio performances range from Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers to Handel’s Acis & Galatea, and Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Die Zauberflöte. Benedict is equally at home singing. He has played the title role of Le Nozze di Figaro and was a member of Genesis Sixteen run by Harry Christophers and I Fagiolini.


Upcoming Events

Holy Communion (BCP)
17th Feb 19: 8:00 am - 8:30 am
3 Churches joint service
17th Feb 19: 10:45 am - 11:50 am
17th Feb 19: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Morning Prayer
18th Feb 19: 8:00 am - 8:20 am
Holy Communion
18th Feb 19: 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Sunday Services

8.00 am - Holy Communion

10.15 am - Parish Communion

6.00pm - Evensong


Services in the week


8.00 am - Morning Prayer

10.30 am - Holy Communion  


8.00 am - Morning Prayer

10.00 am - Prayer Group


8.00 am - Holy Communion


8.00 am - Morning Prayer


8.00 am - Morning Prayer

9.30 am - Holy Communion