CelebrateAge Gala Concert featuring the cast of The Marriage of Figaro The Wilsons Piccolo Theatre, Guildhall Square, Salisbury THIS EVENT IS FULLY SUBSCRIBED
NB: This event is available to registered groups only (it is not possible to turn up on the day) available to: care home residents; members of care groups and day centres. If you would like to apply for your group/ organisation to attend in 2020, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
It is a fundamental principle of our festival that we are at the heart of our community offering breathtaking, soul-nourishing events for people who may be excluded from cultural activities. Celebrate Voice is dedicated to bringing first-class performances to those who ordinarily, through financial or physical constraints, are unable to attend concerts. Every year, we present a gala concert featuring the international cast of the festival opera for older people in the Salisbury community. This uplifting, first-class event offers sublime live music from some of the best voices in the industry, as our sensitive and talented singers interact with the audience and encourage their participation, through singing along or dancing. We offer this free event for residents of local care homes and those who are part of care groups, such as Age UK, Alzheimer's Society and Stroke Societies.
This event is the true celebration of quality performance and community involvement that Celebrate Voice continues to strive for.
Sponsored by NFU Mutual Wessex
Photos below from our 2016/17/18 Guildhall concerts (and singers not too grand to serve cake!):
Celebrate Voice in our Community 2015
Gala Concert - Antrobus House, Amesbury
For its 2015 Outreach programme, the festival took its international cast of La Bohème to Antrobus House in Amesbury to create a beautiful, stimulating, interactive programme of opera, music theatre, folk and parlour songs for people from Age UK, Alzheimer's Society, local Day Centres and Stroke Societies. Celebrate Voice provided this concert free of charge to its audience, who came in their droves for an afternoon of song, friendship and inspiration.
"Once again, thank you so much for such a wonderful afternoon at Antrobus House on Thursday. We all greatly enjoyed it. The programme was well chosen and the singers and pianist were magnificent! We also enjoyed the chats with the artists in the interval and the splendid afternoon tea.It is such a treat for our very elderly guests to be able to attend such a performance due to the many issues that come with age. Thank you all so much" (Till Valley Day Centre)
"Thank you very much for a really fab afternoon, we all thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful entertainment and singing. Maggi who was 90 said 'it made her day' especially having the professionals and guests singing a very special Happy Birthday to her!!!" (Community First)
"I would like to thank you and your team for the wonderful Gala concert on Thursday 29th October, 2015 in Antrobus House in Amesbury. It was a delightful experience and thoroughly enjoyed by all. The selection of Arias, songs from the shows and older numbers was perfect and the interaction of the artists with the audience was heart warming - pitched just right. I will finish this by just saying Encore, Encore, Encore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" (Harnham Day Centre and Bourne Valley Day Centre)
"Each and every one of us that attended had an absolutely fantastic time due to your very hard work and the breathtaking talent. The atmosphere during the sing-along songs was wonderful and as a volunteer of a club such as ours - makes all the hard work seem even more worthwhile... Please see the following feedback I gathered from our members on Tuesday: “Wonderful” “Brilliant” “Lovely – Very entertaining, lovely food – really enjoyed it!” “Absolutely Inspirational, uplifting and joyous – Such a privilege to have been there” “Lovely volunteers” "Beautiful voices” I can't thank you enough..I imagine it will be a topic of conversation for a long time to come! Kind Regards and Best Wishes" (Forum Stroke Club)
Celebrate Voice Schools Project 2014 Our professional artists gave outreach concerts during festival week, 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 events in the wider community and care homes.
The 2014 Celebrate Voice Schools' Programme began in early September at two Salisbury village schools - Gomeldon Primary School and Winterbourne Earls Primary School, with two sessions in September and another, complete with mini-performance in October. We created new songs, poetry and drama based around Strauss' Die Fledermaus, the festival opera production.
"Dear Celebrate Voice, Thank you so much for the incredible experience you provided our Year 6 pupils with, they were all enthralled from start to finish! The class teacher was hugely impressed by your magical touch; how you kept all the children, no matter what their need or ability, engaged and involved. Bringing Opera into our school gave so many children a chance that otherwise they would not have had and certainly widened their worlds. The whole process was inclusive, exciting, rewarding, educational and the children will never forget writing their own lyrics based on their own lives and events - everything from divorce to pizza and perfume was covered! Our school community was greatly enriched by you and the Celebrate Voice festival - the whole place was filled with glorious music every time you were here. It was a pleasure to see the performance at the end of the process and the delight on the faces of pupils, parents and staff. Thank you once again for all your hard work, energy, professionalism, commitment and fun! A. McEwan E.L.S.A. "
The wonderful children from Gomeldon Primary School in-school performance of Die Fledermaus:
Fabulous children from Winterbourne Primary School rehearsing:
Supported by Salisbury City Council
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything" - Plato
Celebrate Voice 2019 Principal Sponsor: Wiltshire Life Magazine Wilsons Solicitors LLP (Venue Sponsor)
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25th October - 2nd November 2019
Online or Tel: 01722 434434 In Person: City Hall, Salisbury
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