On Friday 4th July, Celebrate Voice launched with a Riverside Garden Party at Artistic Director Lynsey Docherty's home just outside Salisbury.
Attended by Jo Broom, the Mayor of Salisbury, the party was held as a thank you to sponsors and supporters of this exciting new festival which takes place in October half-term this year. John Rose Photography is pleased to announce that they have become a partner in this exciting new venture.
Lynsey conducted her choir the Riverside Singers who sang a medley of water-based songs, in keeping with the weather that evening, which, rather than dulling proceedings, only seemed to whet people's appetites for more fun and celebrating!
A children's choir gave sparkling renditions of songs and all joined in the chorus of Toreador from Carmen, sung by the electrying baritone Philip Smith who had come from London especially for the occasion. He was joined by mezzo Emma Watkinson (fresh from an English Touring Opera tour) who teased the audience with her sultry and passionate Habanera and coloratura soprano Jane Hughes dazzled with Olympia's aria. Lynsey took everyone by surprise, joining in duets with her colleagues to the delight of the audience.
Sponsors and supporters from Chas H Baker, LKL Group, Mark Allen Group and Spire FM as well as private benefactors enjoyed wine and canapés to accompany the evenings entertainment. And of course, the event launched Celebrate Voice - a singing festival - so everyone had the chance to join in!
Finally Lynsey announced the programme of events to include Mercury and MOBO award winning folk, jazz and opera singers, Outreach Programmes and plans for a flash-mob on the market square, as well as a host of family and participants' events. And finally, over £400 was raised on the night through a new 'Friends of the Festival' scheme which proved incredibly popular and showed the level of support for this new singing venture for Salisbury and the community.
In October 2014, a brand new festival celebrating the wonder of the human voice and involving an entire community, Celebrate Voice, launches in Salisbury. The six-day singing celebration will feature the UK’s top professional folk, jazz and opera singers in a host of inspiring concerts, participatory singing events, outreach performances, family concerts and a massed flashmob-style opening - Sing City in Salisbury’s market square for the entire community.
The Festival, which aims to make Salisbury the biggest singing city in the UK, brings together top professionals and the local community with a diverse six-day programme through October half term. Events feature top vocalists in folk, jazz and operatic genres, interactive concerts for the whole family, inspiring workshops for adults and children, a mass-singing open-air launch and a grand finale, featuring all who have been part of the festival. The workshops will be led by inspiring UK musicians, enabling people of all ages and abilities to take part and to share, connect, laugh and sing! And finally, the professional artists will be giving outreach concerts, taking the magic of their sublime music making and the powerful connectivity of song to people who might not easily have access to concerts, with performances in care homes and schools.
The first festival of its kind in the UK, Celebrate Voice is the brain-child of Salisbury-born singer and vocal animateur, Lynsey Docherty. Alongside her career in opera she has led projects in schools, prisons, care homes, orphanages, and autistic centres both in the UK and abroad. And she has seen the power of singing and music enabling people to connect to one another, to reach out – through self-expression, communication, happiness and growing confidence. She now brings to her home town a host of brilliant colleagues with whom she has been privileged to work over the past fifteen years to create and share with her community a celebration of all things Voice.
The festival was announced at two sell-out concerts produced by Lynsey in Salisbury in December 2013, and within one week Celebrate Voice had gathered 15 volunteers, and £10k worth of support. We look forward to seeing you there!
The Celebrate Voice Team, Lynsey Docherty & Jo Collinson
OF EVENTS *:
||Tue Oct 28th
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||Thurs Oct 30th
||Fri Oct 31st
||Sat Nov 1st
||Sun Nov 2nd
||(SEPT/OCTOutreach projects in schools)
||Outreach performances:Care homesSpecial needs centres
||Coffee Concert (11am)
*Order of events subject to change
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