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Maddy Prior gets set for carols and capers
ONE of the best-loved acts on the folk circuit celebrates its 25th birthday this year, and singers from all over Wiltshire and beyond are invited to join the party at Salisbury City Hall.
Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band, regular visitors to Salisbury, have been delighting audiences with their versions of carols and festive music ever since the release of their first album A Tapestry of Carols in 1987.
Maddy Prior, known to folk-rock fans as the voice of Steeleye Span, teamed up with The Carnival Band with their blend of early music and world music for a BBC Radio 2 broadcast and the partnership never looked back.
Audiences return year after year for their Carols and Capers concerts but this year’s visit to Salisbury will bring something a little special. Andy Watts, the Carnival Band’s frontman, says: “We’ve noticed over the years that more and more of our audience are joining in, so we thought, why not get them up on stage?”
Andy will lead a workshop to teach singers the specially prepared harmony parts on Saturday, October 13 from 10.30am to 4.30pm at Salisbury Methodist Church, St Edmund’s Church Street. The choir will have a final rehearsal on December 20 before joining Maddy and the Carnival Band on stage that evening.