Celebrate Voice back in Salisbury

SALISBURY’S Celebrate Voice Festival makes a spectacular comeback, based at the Guildhall from Thursday 21st to Saturday 30th October.

Now in its 8th year, the festival used the lockdown in 2020 to produce online shows, workshops and live events when possible. This year’s event brings acts usually seen on the London jazz circuit, at the Edinburgh Festival or in national opera houses to Salisbury for the half term.

Director Lynsey Docherty says, “At a time when people aren’t necessarily so keen to travel to London or further afield for shows, it is a joy to bring artists of such incredible calibre to boost to the city’s cultural scene and enable local people to enjoy a first-class night out.”

The opening night features Ronnie Scott’s All Stars and Tina May in  The Soho Songbook.

Edinburgh Festival favourite Jess Robinson brings her vocal impersonation show, Are You Ready? on 24th October.  The Spitting Image star and vocal chameleon specialises in unparalleled vocal theatrics, comedy and brilliance, featuring all your favourite mega-stars.

The Puppini Sisters and Joe Stilgoe close the festival on 30th October with their brand new collaboration of close harmony singing and piano virtuosity.

Guiseppi Verdi’s most famous and heart-wrenching work, La Traviata, brings a cast of singers who have collectively sung at every major opera house and festival in the UK to Salisbury.  They will provide an up-close experience in the Guildhall’s Banqueting Hall. Linda Richardson sings the role of  Violetta, as she recently did for Welsh National Opera. Adriano Graziani sings Alfredo, and David Stephenson sings Germont Pere. Lynsey Docherty sings Flora and Anne-Marie Owens sings Annina. La Traviata is performed on Friday 22nd, Sunday 24th and Friday 29th October and a handful of tickets are available for the first night and the Sunday matinee.

There’s no set needed for  Celebrate Voice’s new production of Trial By Jury, which will be performed in the historic Oak Court Room, with a gala on Saturday 23rd and a Singalong version for audiences on Saturday 30th October.

One of the festival highlights is the premiere of  Philip Blake-Jones’s play, I Lived for Art on Thursday 28th  October. It features a brilliant cast of actors plus singers from la Traviata, and children’s choir. The play is a moving depiction of musicians’ survival during the Holocaust.

There are also community events including shows, workshops and chances to sing. The Kate Edgar Singers will also be singing choral hits on Saturday 23rd.

For more information and details of availability, visit the website, www.celebratevoice.co.uk