Celebrate Voice Festival, Salisbury 21-30 October
This vibrant festival brings world-class opera, jazz, comedy and more to Salisbury, as well as community events and workshops for all the family.
Fancy going out-out this half term? Us too, and luckily there’s no need to go any further than Salisbury with the Celebrate Voice Festival of international players on our doorstep. Let’s show you a few highlights.
Firstly, we reckon Muddy readers are going to adore Edinburgh Festival doyenne Jess Robinson (24 Oct). An award-winning impressionist, classically trained singer, and Spitting Image alumni, her show Are You Ready? of vocal theatrics and comedy brilliance says top night out to us.
Celebrate Voice’s very own, brand new version of La Traviata (22, 24, 29) is a one-off experience and the heavyweight centrepiece of the festival. Heavyweight, that is, in terms of calibre of talent: it’s actually a pretty good entry-level piece for those new to opera. Afficionadas will be familiar with iconic score, and know that the stunning Banqueting Hall setting is going to make it a super-special event. Led by Linda Richardson as Violetta, the singer most recently performed the role for Welsh National Opera.
Closing night is an exciting new collab between piano showman Joe Stilgoe and The Puppini Sisters, the queens of close harmony. We’ve seen them apart: together is going to be something else!
Celebrate Voice’s new production of Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, Trial by Jury, has singalong performances for those who just can’t help themselves. It takes place in the actually perfect Oak Court Room of The Guildhall, so not too much suspension of disbelief required there.
In a new departure, the festival includes a play, I Lived For Art, which looks to be a pretty moving affair. There are also community events a-plenty, including workshops and shows, some including fabulous local choir The Kate Edgar Singers; a celebration of meditation and family show Rock the Tots.
The driving force behind Celebrate Voice is founder and Director Lynsey Docherty. She’s passionate about connectivity, and the value of bringing top quality musicians to the local community. An opera singer herself, her vitality infuses the whole festival with a certain spirit, and the feeling of music as celebratory and healing. Sounds like just what we need right now.
Celebrate Voice are kindly offering Muddy readers 2 pairs of tickets to La Traviata on 22 October, and 2 pairs to Jess Robinson on 24 October. Fancy your chances? Take a look at our insta competitions @muddywilts.