Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

In addition to Community Celebrations in Wilton and Netherhampton there will be a special Thanksgiving Service at the Parish Church at 10.45am on Sunday 5 June.

We would love to see any members of our community at this “all-age” Celebration.

After the service there will be cakes and refreshments, and you are also welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the area around the church, joining with families across the country who will be taking part in the national Big Lunch.

Please do come and celebrate together!

Bath Bach Choir

Bath Bach Choir performs

Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonelle

Nigel Perrin conductor
Marcus Sealy piano
Mark Wood harmonium

Johanna Harrison soprano
Cassandra Dalby mezzo-soprano
Chris Why tenor
Samuel Oram baritone

Saturday 26 March 2022
St Mary & St Nicholas, Wilton
To kickstart our 75th anniversary programme in 2022, we are bringing to life a lesser-known choral masterpiece: Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. This mass is neither little nor solemn as its name suggests, but rather 90 minutes of flamboyant joy in Rossini’s inimitable operatic style, including two extended fugues which surge forward with unstoppable energy, spirit and vitality. Rossini’s notes in the original score specified that there should be 12 singers of three sexes to perform it: ‘men, women and castrati.’ He later scored the mass for full orchestra but always preferred it as we will perform it, with the more intimate accompaniment of solo piano and harmonium. We have chosen the appropriately Italianate Romanesque basilica of St Mary & St Nicholas in Wilton, near Salisbury, for the performance – an irresistible setting for this stupendous piece of melody-making.

This performance will run to approximately 90 minutes, with no interval.

Tickets £22 & £17 unreserved within four sections of the church.
01225 463 362

An evening of Puccini

Salisbury Chamber Chorus

Simon McEnery director
John Cuthbert piano
plus a small orchestral ensemble

Salisbury Chamber Chorus is going back to its roots this spring, with another evening dedicated to a single operatic composer. This time it’s Puccini, and those of you with long memories might recall we did something similar ten years ago. Since then, we’ve tackled Wagner and Verdi as well as sidesteps into Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich and Mussorgsky, but now we return to one of the absolute greats of Italian opera.

We’re planning to highlight choruses and ensembles from La Bohème, Turandot, Madam Butterfly and Tosca, as well as less well-known pieces from Manon Lescaut, Edgar and La Fanciulla del West. Of all the operatic greats, Puccini touches us emotionally more than any other. And musically he bridges the romanticism of the 19th century with the beginnings of modernism of the 20th. Maybe that’s why he still has such universal appeal; certainly, we think you’ll love it as much as we do.

We’re also bringing in a small ensemble of orchestral players – a few string, wind and brass players, and a bit of percussion too, we hope – to add to the colour, alongside John Cuthbert at the piano and Simon McEnery directing.

Sunday 3 April, 6.00 pm
St Mary and St Nicholas’ Church, Wilton

Tickets £15 from (search for “Salisbury Chamber Chorus”) or on the door

Quartets for Palm Sunday

Sunday 10th April at 4.00pm
Quartets for Palm Sunday – a musical meditation for Holy Week

The Villiers Quartet

Villiers Quartet - Mary Kaptein Management

Haydn, Seven Last Words from the Cross Ailsa Dixon, Variations on Love Divine
Hailed as one of the most charismatic and adventurous string quartets on the British chamber music scene, the Villiers Quartet have developed an international reputation as exceptional interpreters of English composers. In this programme, they give the first complete concert performance of Ailsa Dixon’s Variations on Love Divine, alongside Haydn’s intensely moving musical rendition of Christ’s Seven Last Words from the Cross. Woven around Stainer’s familiar hymn, the Variations offer a musical exploration of the meanings of divine love in a series of scenes from the incarnation to the ascension and a culminating vision of heavenly joy. This spiritual journey takes us through a sound-world that is by turns mysterious, lyrical, dramatic, poignant, and finally exultant in the Song of Praise and the Dance of Joy.

Tea and cake will be served after the concert
Tickets £17.50 in advance or £20 on the door
In person: from New Valley News, 9 West Street Wilton
Telephone bookings: 01722 346892
Online: Quartets for Palm Sunday at St Mary & St Nicholas Church, Wilton event tickets from TicketSource

Holy Week and Easter 2021

Services (in church)

Palm Sunday  (28 March) – 10.45  Morning Prayer, with Shorter Holy Communion

No service on Wednesday.

Maundy Thursday  –  6.30pm Eucharist with the stripping of the Altars.

Good Friday  – 2 – 3pm Liturgy of the Cross.

Holy Saturdayno services.

Easter Day6.30am – Liturgy and First Eucharist                                                                                

We will gather in front of church, around the brazier for the opening reading and responses, before blessing the new Paschal Candle and proceeding into church for the Eucharist.

                        –  9.30 Easter Communion at St Catherine’s,                                                                             

                        –  10.45 Easter Celebration at the Parish Church.  


If you hope to attend the 10.45 service, please email Christine Matthews on (or drop a note to The Parish Office, West Street, Wilton, SP2 0DL) with numbers in your household/bubble who will be attending.

And for the 9.30 service at Netherhampton, please contact Katie Ray on 01722 335701

Online resources

Recordings of some services will be available in the usual way, on our Facebook page and Website.

Stations of the Cross – with reflections by Fr Timothy Radcliffe – are available on the Website (under “Praying at Home” or “Recent Posts”

Daily meditations – from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday – a listed under “Holy Week 2021”

Bishop Richard’s reflections continue – listed under “Countdown to Easter”. 

You will also find some of last year’s resources on both the Website and Facebook Page.

Give thanks for your vaccines!

Wilton Parish Church has partnered with Christian Aid, to support the charity’s attempts to combat Covid 19 in some of the world’s poorest nations. In celebration of Christian Aid’s 75th Anniversary, we would like to raise £750!

As you or a family member are protected,
please consider giving what you can –
to help protect those who don’t have access to vaccines.
There is a link below, or a QR Code in the images.
Thank you in advance!
All donations will support Christian Aid’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.