SALISBURY’S international festival of voice is celebrating its 10th annual event this year as the world-renowned BBC Singers take centre stage for opening night.

The festival has announced record ticket sales in its milestone year, with six events currently sold out and others nearing maximum capacity.

Celebrate Voice will kick off on Thursday, October 19, and conclude on October 28. Direct from the BBC proms, Broadway and London’s West End, singers will grace the stage of Salisbury’s Guildhall as it is transformed into a concert/ theatre space.

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Wilton Italianate Church will host the BBC Singers on opening night in a rare, out-of-London performance conducted by one of the UK’s foremost composer/ conductors Bob Chilcott, and recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday, October 20.

Meanwhile, fans of comedy and cabaret will delight in a critically acclaimed show from Amy Webber who sold out her run of shows at Edinburgh Fringe this year, in a double-bill with cabaret from Adam Drew of Bounder & Cad. Gilbert & Sullivan aficionados have the chance to Sing Along to HMS Pinafore with a leading British cast from Opera della Luna and the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.

There is also a range of community and participation events, with a few tickets left for online sensations, Mini Music Makers for little ones and their adults and Unlocking Memories – a therapeutic workshop for people with dementia and their carers.

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Performances of Live at the Musicals, Ronnie Scott’s and Olivier Award-winning actor, Guy Masterson’s Under Milk Wood at the Guildhall are sold out. With three performances, limited tickets are still available for a brand new production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte with a cast from the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and English National Opera.

Celebrate Voice has become a charity in its 10th year, and the festival is in partnership with Salisbury City Council which provides the venue for the annual event, funded by local philanthropists, and businesses and involving more than 50 local volunteers.

Tickets and further information on the 2023 festival are available from the Celebrate Voice website.