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Salisbury International Arts Festival 2019 brings a range of classical music to the city

21 March 2019

Salisbury International Arts Festival brings a range of classical music events to the city this spring, in a programme curated by Guest Festival Director, composer Jonathan Dove.

Jonathan Dove is one of our leading contemporary composers and several of his works will be performed during the Festival, including two new commissions: Moon Songs, with words by Alasdair Middleton, performed by hundreds of Wiltshire school children in Salisbury Cathedral on Friday 24 May, and Vertue, a setting of words by George Herbert performed by a capella favourites Voces8 in St Martin’s Church on Friday 7 June.

In keeping with a key theme of the 2019 Festival to mark 50 years since the 1969 moon landings, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will perform Holst’s The Planets in Salisbury Cathedral on Saturday 1 June.

Following Moon Songs, the Festival begins on Friday 24 May with Alec Roth’s beautiful choral work, inspired by the iconic Earthrise image of the Earth from lunar orbit. The performance will feature the massed voices of the Festival Chorus under the musical direction of Howard Moody and is produced by Wiltshire Creative in association with La Folia.

Opera della Luna return to Salisbury on Tuesday 4 June with a sumptuous production of Offenbach’s most celebrated operetta, Orpheus in the Underworld.

Also on 4 June, the Sacconi Quartet will perform with well-loved tenor James Gilchrist in St Martin’s Church with a programme that includes Arvo Pärt, Shostakovich and Jonathan Dove’s In Damascus.

Mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately will bring an evening of English songs to Salisbury Playhouse on Sunday 2 June in a programme interspersed with readings by her parents, actors Kevin Whately (Lewis and Inspector Morse) and Madeleine Newton.

Other classical music at Salisbury Festival comes from pianist Melvyn Tan, violinist Harriet Mackenzie with the London Chamber Orchestra, and the award-winning Pavel Haas Quartet in Wilton Church on the closing night of the Festival.

Salisbury International Arts Festival runs from 24 May until 9 June in venues across the city.

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Notes to Editors:

Salisbury International Arts Festival blazed into life in 1973 with a thrilling artistic programme that captured the hearts and minds of Salisbury. Since then, successive inspirational Festival Directors have built upon that original offer ensuring that, for two weeks every year, the buildings, streets and open spaces of the city have been alive with creativity and artistic excellence.

In 2019 the Festival enters a new stage in its evolution as part of Wiltshire Creative. As part of that evolution, Jonathan Dove, one of Britain’s finest contemporary composers, is Guest Festival Director.