The world-renowned BBC Singers will take centre stage as Celebrate Voice reaches its milestone 10th festival in October.
From the BBC Proms at the Albert Hall to Wilton Italianate Church, Celebrate Voice continues its commitment to programming world-class performers in intimate settings with a golden opportunity to hear the BBC Singers outside of London on October 19. The performance will be conducted by one of the UK’s foremost composer/conductors Bob Chilcott.
Joining the festival line-up, from October 19-28, is Natalie Williams, award-winning jazz singer with Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, having appeared as the festival’s first ever jazz artist. Stars from London’s West End (including former Christine in Phantom of the Opera, Zoe Curlett) create a specially curated evening for Celebrate Voice in Live at the Musicals. And this year’s hit of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Amy Webber brings her 5* sell-out show for cabaret and comedy night.
The festival has become renowned over the past decade for its operatic output, with principals from leading opera houses, this year with a Hi-de-Hi inspired production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte.
Theatre lovers are catered for with BAFTA award-winner, Guy Masterson, and his legendary interpretation of Under Milk Wood – playing all 69 roles.
There are plenty of opportunities to take part as well – in either a BBC Singers’ workshop, a Singalong HMS Pinafore with leading opera singers, family events, world music meditation, plus therapeutic events for older people.
All events (except the BBC Singers) will be held at Salisbury Guildhall in partnership with Salisbury City Council.
The festival also celebrates becoming a charity in its 10th year. Founder and director, Lynsey Docherty said: “Bringing a British musical institution such as the BBC Singers in a year where they have featured in the world press is a momentous achievement for Celebrate Voice.
“The festival line-up represents the high-level of artists people have come to expect, and our new charity status reflects our commitment to bringing the best artistic experiences to our loyal audiences and our dedication to contributing to the cultural landscape of this wonderful city.”
The festival’s opening weekend of sales have broken all previous records, with increased membership, which the festival hopes points to a wider cultural upturn in arts support in the city.
Tickets and further information on the 2023 festival, which runs from October 19-28 is available from www.celebratevoice.co.uk.