Type Of Organisation: Festival
Celebrate Voice launched in 2014, bringing together leading professional singers and the local community with a diverse 10-day programme of inspiring celebrity performances, and uplifting singing activities in Salisbury throughout October half term. The festival also presents summer and Christmas productions, involving community and children’s choirs alongside international performers.
Celebrate Voice artists have sung at some of the world’s leading venues: Royal Opera House, BBC Proms, Sydney Opera House, Metropolitan Opera, London’s West End, BBC Folk Awards, London Palladium, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz to name just a few.
Celebrate Voice has provided the opportunity for children to be part of our international opera casts and gala performances. Alongside organisations such as Wiltshire Music Hub and Iford Arts we regularly take some of the UKs leading musicians and animateurs into schools with our acclaimed opera workshops. View more about those workshops here: https://youtu.be/Fz7koe-qs5A
The festival also subsidises and makes available tickets for £10 for children and students under 18.
As part of our commitment to the community, the festival also presents its inspiring singers to perform for local elderly care home residents who might ordinarily not have access to first-rate performances in specially commissioned gala performances for older people.
Celebrate Voice was founded by singer and vocal animateur Lynsey Docherty, to showcase the best voices in the industry and enable people of all ages in the community to be part of an uplifting singing celebration. www.celebratevoice.co.uk
What I / we help young people achieve
We have an excellent track record of delivering first-rate training for young people in opera. Young people aged 9-17 have been part of our past three major performances, of La Boheme, Tosca and Hansel & Gretel. Both children and their parents were thrilled to be part of the productions, and feedback from the participants indicated the quality of the experience, from coaching, staging, and having the chance to perform alongside top level singers was 'a chance of a lifetime' (participant). The festival is committed to giving the best quality experience to the children, no different to the level the adult singers would be coached, whilst also providing skilled animateurs to develop, nurture and give confidence to the young people. Indeed this is also the case for our workshop weekend opportunities and public singing events - providing leading animateurs to inspire, enthuse, motivate and encourage creativity.
We also have a Celebrate Voice Youth Ensemble, comprising exceptional young singers aged 10-18, who take part in Christmas and Summer gala concerts alongside an international opera cast. Young people can be in touch with us at any time to audition for the choir.
We know from parents and children themselves how being part of our festival has inspired a love for singing and the arts, has contributed to greater confidence and provided a soul-nourishing experience, as well as a sense of pride having been part of a unique and professional production.
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to sing
- To play, perform music with others
- To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
- To work with and support other young musicians
- To develop their wellbeing
- Term Time
- After School
- School Holidays
- Project based
- Drop in
Working with special needs
Celebrate Voice worked with South Wilts Mencap during the 2020 Lockdown, creating an online series of vocal workshops with young adults with special needs. The workshops helped create a special community and feeling of connectivity for the participants and their parents and carers. Celebrate Voice provided free tickets for the participants to attend a professional outdoor concert at Little Durnford in the summer of 2020.
Festival Artistic Director, Lynsey Docherty has worked with young people with special needs on music projects with South Wilts Mencap, La Folia, Norwich Theatre Royal and in orphanages and baby homes in the Far East.
- Singing / Voice
- 4 and under
Musical Clusters Covered
- B-on-A / Corsham
- Calne & Melksham
- Trowbridge (CSL)
- Salisbury / Wilton
- Marlborough & Pewsey
- Malmesbury / WB / Purton
- Mere & Tisbury
Celebrate Voice is the 2017 award winner, the Pride of Wiltshire, awarded by Wiltshire Life Magazine.
References and endorsements available from:
– Sue Kent, La Folia, Salisbury, Wiltshire
– Victoria Jenkins, Norwich Theatre Royal, Norfolk
Audience & Participant comments:
An amazing weekend full of positive energy, lovely people, a lot of inspiration and beautiful music! Thank you! (Tatyana Danova)
We have had the most brilliant beautiful weekend singing experience, mentored by amazing talented musicians that have brought out voices we didn’t know we had. Thank you so much for the joy you’ve given us. Gervase Evans
Outstanding Tosca last night. Simply the best performance we have ever seen of anything in Salisbury and of international quality. The intimacy and emotion of the production transfixed the audience and having the exceptional Tosca die two metres from us was incredible. What an amazing experience. Fionne Harrington
Our Training & Development
Celebrate Voice provide in-school workshops from where the musicians and animateurs are highly skilled in their respective careers, having trained at leading Conservatoires. In addition, our animateurs have worked with outstanding opera companies, theatres and arts organisations such as the Royal Opera House, Aldeburgh, Snape Maltings, Grange Park Opera, Garsington Opera, Dorset Opera Festival, Iford Arts to name a few. Our artists bring their wealth of experience from these organisations to children and teachers to our in-school workshops.
Additionally, Celebrate Voice have concerts through the year which young people are part of, as well as during the October festival. Our company of opera singers come to us for those short periods each year from careers in which they are constantly exploring their individual professional development.
- Singers receive individual mentoring with musical director
- Reflective sessions in small groups are built into rehearsals
- Singers new to community engagement work alongside experienced performers
- Singers new to working with children work alongside experienced animateurs
- Relationships are made within the group which create future opportunities in other roles for other companies
- Celebrate Voice has become a showcase to which impresarios come to hear our singers
Backstage and front of house roles are taken by volunteers who are constantly learning new skills and for whom CPD opportunities are
- Regular meetings before the festival and follow up sessions afterwards with each ancillary department (e.g. costume/props/front of house/ hospitality/ marketing)
- Training in working with the public for people manning front of house
- Child protection training
- Chaperone training
- Backstage and props training