Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival 2015 opened with the large scale music theatre commission Market Songs. The massed voices of our biggest-ever Festival Chorus came together in a musical extravaganza that took over the city’s Market Place and its surrounding streets.
Composer Michael Betteridge devised a collection of market songs, rounds, choruses and cries exploring the trades around which the city’s early life flourished, using music to bring seven centuries of colourful history to life, tracing the development of Salisbury as a market town and culminating in a celebration that reflected on the contemporary market that continues to this day.
400 singers, working with Betteridge, music director Howard Moody and director Ben Occhipinti, animated city streets that retain their trade names today – Butcher Row, Fish Row and Silver Street to name a few – before coming together in the Market Place for the evening’s spectacular finale, creating a surround sound experience of massed voices for the assembled crowd.
Sing! Sell! Hear ye - a Festival is launched!
Sponsored by The JP Marland Charitable Trust
The Festival would like to express their thanks to everyone who participated in this project, particularly our Market Songs singers - please click here to see a full list of those taking part.
Special thanks go to our conductors, writers and directors, as listed below. Read their biographies here
Rebecca Berkley: conductor
Michael Betteridge: music, conductor
Sarah Collins: conductor
David Haworth: writer
Howard Moody: music director
Ben Occhipinti: director
To see the Market Songs texts please click here