Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival has announced six events for 2017, boasting an eclectic mix of classical music, folk, jazz, circus and dance, with exciting new names taking their place alongside previous Festival favourites. The six highlight events were unveiled to Festival Friends and invited guests at a launch event on Monday 5 December at the Guildhall, Salisbury.
As the final year of Director Toby Smith’s four-year journey tracing the passage of the sun, the 2017 Festival will look westwards, taking inspiration from the sunset and celebrating the arts and culture of the French-Canadian province of Québec. Details of the full programme will be revealed to all at the main Festival launch on 6 March 2017.
- The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will return to Salisbury Cathedral to open the Festival, with Mendelssohn’s enchanting music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Berlioz’s song-cycle for soprano and Tchaikovsky’s Pathètique symphony.
- The first to be announced of the Québécois-influenced programme is Le Vent du Nord, who will bring their crowd-pleasing mix of fiddle, guitar, accordion, piano, bass, hurdy-gurdy and four-part harmony to Salisbury for the first time.
- After wowing the 2015 Festival with their award-winning circus spectacular Bromance, Barely Methodical Troupe return with their brand new show, Kin.
- The highly-acclaimed Clare Teal and her Mini Big Band will present Ella Fitzgerald: A centenary tribute to the great Jazz diva, celebrating the original first lady of song.
- Ballet Black returns to the 2017 Festival with an all-new triple bill, featuring their trademark fusion of the classical and the contemporary, and including a story-ballet that re-invents the tale of Red Riding Hood.
- Finally, the Cathedral will be filled with the ravishing sound of singers, cornetts and sackbuts, early baroque violins, theorbos and an organ, as I Fagiolini with The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble present Monteverdi: The Other Vespers.
Festival Director Toby Smith said: “This year the Festival’s compass points westwards, as we complete our current four year journey with an exploration of the arts and culture of Québec. Le Vent du Nord, one of the leading Québécois folk bands, leads the charge, unveiled tonight amongst highlights that span circus, dance, classical music, folk and jazz. Adding film, literature, family and free outdoor programme into the mix when the full programme is announced next year, and the Festival will be back with a bang in 2017.”
Festival Friends can book tickets to these six highlight events from 10am Tuesday 6 December. Booking opens to the general public on Monday 12 December. Festival Friends memberships can be bought at any time.
The Festival runs from 26 May – 10 June 2017.