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For the second consecutive year in June, we were delighted at CommunicationsPoint to be heavily involved in the promotion of the annual Farley Music Festival in Wiltshire. It is one of the most prestigious classical music festivals in the South of England.

In 2017, we managed to help the Festival achieve a record year for attendances, and this year that figure was smashed! I am very grateful to Farley Music Festival Chairman Michael Regan for the following very kind words:

“I would like to thank you at CommunicationsPoint very much indeed for all your efforts to ensure that the 2018 Farley Music Festival was such a resounding success. We had record numbers overall during the week, with each concert being attended by audiences in excess of 100 people.”

Festival concerts took place in the historic surroundings of the iconic, Wren-style All Saints’ Church in the picturesque Wiltshire village of Farley, seven miles east of Salisbury. The proceeds from record ticket sales went to the upkeep of All Saints’.

The quality of the internationally acclaimed young performers and their concerts were, as ever, outstanding.

For example, the opening night saw a magnificent performance by Retorica, the acclaimed violin duo of Harriet McKenzie and Philippa Mo, who met at London’s Royal Academy of Music. They formed Retorica in 2010 to explore music for two violins. Since then, they have performed all over the world – including in China, Germany, Japan, and at the Barbican Centre in London.

The following night’s concert (on Wednesday, 20 June) was given by a rising young pianist and Royal Academy of Music scholarship student Ariel Lanyi, who is making a big international name for himself. He performs regularly on Israeli radio and television, and has given numerous recitals in London, Paris, Rome, Prague, and Belfast. Born in 1997, Ariel has an unusually mature instinct for the classical style (a challenge for any pianist). In his Farley concert programme, he superbly contrasted Mozart’s tragic Adagio in B Minor, K.540, with the sunniest of Schubert’s sonatas: The Sonata in D Major, D 850.

On the Thursday, multi-award winning Hungarian-American pianist Julia Hamos – who had travelled from New York, gave her recital. In the ‘Big Apple’, she studied with the great Beethoven interpreter Richard Goode. Julia’s Farley concert programme featured Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in A Major, op.101; Schumann’s witty and touching Davidsbündlertänze, op.6; and J.S. Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in C Sharp Major, BWV 848, and Prelude and Fugue in C Sharp Minor, BWV 849.

Following her triumph in delighting and thrilling Farley Music Festival audiences two years ago, the distinguished French pianist Isabelle Oehmichen made a welcome return to Farley to give the Friday evening concert. A pupil of the legendary Georges Cziffra, Isabelle is now one of the world’s foremost Liszt specialists. At Farley, she performed Liszt’s Cantique d’amour, as well as three of his realisations of songs by Schumann, Schubert and Wagner. Her excellent recital also included Mozart’s Fantasia in D Minor, K.397/385g, and Sonata in C Major, K.330; as well as Chopin’s Nocturne in C Sharp Minor, pp.27, No.1; and Debussy’s Reflets dans l’Eau and the sparkling L’Isle Joyeuse.

The final concert on the Saturday evening was given over to Sapori Vocali (Vocal Flavours), who presented ‘A Night at the Opera’, a delightful taste of opera favourites in an intimate and informal setting. Founded by Alexandra Frazer, a former pupil of Salisbury’s Godolphin School who graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2016, this talented group of young artists presented a programme of enchanting arias and charming ensembles by the well-loved composers, from Handel to Humperdinck and Rameau to Rossini.

Sapori Vocali is a performing arts company that organises small local concerts and shows in village halls around Britain. The company’s aim is to showcase emerging classical artists through providing platforms on which musicians can perform and demonstrate their training and talent.

On Sunday, 24 June, Farley Music Festival 2018 closed with the traditional Festival Evensong. This year, the theme was the Psalms of David, preceded by a Festival innovation: a Farley Music Festival and ‘Multitude of Voyces’ (MOV) partnership project – a workshop for church-music singers from the Salisbury area. The workshop explored the Devotional Psalms of Richard Allison, published in 1599.

Big congratulations go to all the Farley Music Festival organisers; and CommunicationsPoint looks forward very much to a record-breaking 2019 Farley Music Festival! (


“2019 was a truly great year for the Farley Music Festival, and CommunicationsPoint somehow managed to exceed the already very high standard of previous years with our publicity,”

Doric Bossom, Farley Music Festival Board Member

“Julian was HOSPA’s Press Officer for over ten years. He left us to concentrate on researching and writing a book, commissioned by one of his clients. CommunicationsPoint played a major role in the successful rebranding of the British Association of Hospitality Accountants into HOSPA; and the BAHA Annual Conference and Exhibition into HOSPACE in 2011.

“Julian was a great support to me personally when I took the role of CEO at HOSPA and always brightened my day with his jolly outlook on the world! He took time to make sure all our PR was accurate and relevant. I would recommend him highly.”

Jane Pendlebury, Chief Executive, HOSPA (Hospitality Professionals Association for Finance, Revenue Management, Marketing and IT)

“I would like to thank you at CommunicationsPoint very much indeed for all your efforts to ensure that the 2018 Farley Music Festival was such a resounding success. We had record numbers overall during the week, with each concert being attended by audiences in excess of 100 people.”


Michael Regan, Chairman of the Farley Music Festival


“Julian has been HOSPA’s Press and PR officer since 2007 and has been a key member of the team in helping BAHA, and then re-branded HOSPA, annual conference and exhibition (HOSPACE) grow into one of the most popular and influential events on the UK hospitality industry calendar. HOSPACE – our main event every year has more than doubled its attendance since 2006 when Julian started working with us.

In 2011, CommunicationsPoint also played a pivotal role in the highly acclaimed rebranding from BAHA to HOSPA which included the new website, branding, and collateral plus associated press and launch coverage – and now with its three Communities for Hospitality Finance, Revenue Management and IT professionals we go from strength to strength. Julian understands our business and the issues and topics we deal with and is a key part of our marketing and PR plans.”

Carl Weldon FIH, Chief Executive, HOSPA

(Hospitality Professionals Association for Finance, Revenue Management and IT)

“Julian has provided PR services to my company for more than a decade and I have recommended his services on to a number of other clients. Julian fits well into any team, is always enthusiastic about the brief, has a creative approach and a great ability to get the right result. Julian has added considerable value to a range of projects, including the Hospitable Climates initiative and the Considerate Hoteliers Association.”

Rebecca Hawkins

Managing Director – Responsible Hospitality Partnership

“Dorset Opera Festival asked Julian to set up and run a press office on its behalf in 2013 and 2014 and establish a mailing list of opera contacts and critics. Julian undertook all the necessary research and ensured that our press releases reached a well targeted audience. He also participated in meetings refining our marketing strategy and we welcomed the wider marketing perspective that he brought. We were very pleased with the result and look forward to working with Julian on future occasions.”

Giles Harvey

Dorset Opera Festival

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Philippa Witheat

Sales & Marketing Director, Avenue9

CommunicationsPoint played a key role in the publicity surrounding the re-opening of Brighton’s oldest boutique hotel, Blanch House, in 2011 – they provided a highly professional, friendly and helpful service in providing content and promotional support for our new website and media relations for our reopening under new ownership, following a major refurbishment programme. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Julian Demetriadi and CommunicationsPoint to fellow hoteliers.”

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Co-proprietor, Blanch House, Brighton

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Hotelier Peter Bramich

(Former President of the Institute of Hospitality and former owner of Deans Place Hotel, Alfriston, Sussex)

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