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    • Street Theatre
      28 May - 29 May 2017

      Attracting over 30,000 people in 2016, City Encounters is back with another packed two-day programme of free street entertainment for everyone that will fill every corner of the city centre.

    • Music
      2 June 2017 7:30 PM
      Singers, cornetts and sackbuts, early baroque violins, theorbos and organ bring to life this ravishing music to mark the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth and I Fagiolini’s own 30th anniversary year.
    • Music
      6 June 2017 7:30 PM
      With its debut concert described as 'a significant moment in our cultural life' by The Independent, the Chineke! Orchestra is the most diverse orchestra working in Europe, its aim to champion change and celebrate diversity in classical music.
    • Music
      7 June 2017 7:30 PM
      The Heath Quartet perform one of Haydn’s so-called Russian quartets, the folk-centred world of Bartok’s second quartet, and the last major work that Mendelssohn composed.
    • Music
      8 June 2017 7:30 PM
      Combining a great stage presence with an energetic, dynamic flair, Le Vent du Nord is one of the leading names in Québecois folk music performing original songs inspired by tradition. Prepare yourself for a glorious mix of fiddle, foottapping, guitar, accordion, piano, bass, hurdy-gurdy and wonderful four-part harmonies.
    • Music
      9 June - 10 June 2017
      Voices of the Whale will transform the Cathedral into a submerged watery world, bathed in blue light and filled with sound. Featuring the massed voices of the Festival’s Chorus and guest instrumentalists, this promenade performance invites you to immerse yourself in a musical world inspired by these creatures and the oceans in which they live.
    • Music
      26 May - 3 June 2017

      Great music, free entry and an unmistakable Festival vibe – Salisbury Live returns, offering four nights of gigs held in participating pubs and venues across the city. If you love music, Salisbury Live is a brilliant way to experience the Festival.

    • Music
      28 May 2017

      With a BBQ, bar and children’s entertainment, Live at the Farm offers a great afternoon and evening of pop, rock, folk and acoustic music. Among then bands featuring this year are The Delorions, The Hightown Crow, Gypsy Jukebox, the Saints of Sin and the Passenger Club.

    • Music
      28 May 2017 6:00 PM
      Bringing together artists from Covent Garden, English National Opera and Glyndebourne, London Festival Opera has performed for Her Majesty the Queen, at 10 Downing Street, and across Europe from Paris to Venice. By kind permission of Michael Wade, we return to the perfect setting of Trafalgar Park for an early evening of opera favourites.
    • Literature & Talks
      30 May 2017 6:00 PM
      In response to Anthony Caro’s Sea Music, contemporary composer Jim Aitchison has recently been commissioned to write a new work inspired by this monumental public sculpture on Poole Quay. Renowned for exploring the relationship between art and music, Aitchison will discuss his unique approach towards Caro and other projects.
    • Dance
      30 May 2017 8:00 PM
      Symphonie Dramatique takes Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and turns it inside out and upside down. Eight dancers tell the tale of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers with a contagious energy, using contemporary and classical dance to shed new light on literature’s most famous love story.
    • Music
      31 May 2017 2:30 PM
      Working with the Army Welfare Service we have brought together families from the Tidworth area to share the joy of music making. With Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to guide them, these local musicians have devised their own music from scratch. Join us in the north transept for a performance that will also feature a guest appearance from the Mini BSO, a quintet of orchestral instruments.
    • Music
      31 May 2017 7:30 PM
      Join award-winning jazz vocalist and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal and her mini big band for this special celebration of Ella’s versatility - from the warmth of her studio sessions to the joyful exuberance of Ella’s live performances.
    • Music
      31 May 2017 8:00 PM
      Part-recital, part-storytelling, Will recounts encounters with pianos across the world, intertwining improvisations that take in Bach, jazz legend ‘Fats’ Waller, Radiohead and more with a gentle, humorous yarn-spinning charm.
    • Music
      1 June 2017 7:30 PM
      Cordelia Williams grew up in Salisbury and enjoys a particular affinity with the music of Schumann, her recording of this Fantasie described by the Sunday Times as 'seductive, commanding and sensitive'.
    • Literature & Talks
      2 June 2017 3:30 PM
      Observer classical music critic and acclaimed writer Fiona Maddocks will introduce us to her latest book, Music for Life, discussing a selection from 100 classical works spanning nine centuries.
    • Music
      2 June 2017 7:30 PM
      Singers, cornetts and sackbuts, early baroque violins, theorbos and organ bring to life this ravishing music to mark the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth and I Fagiolini’s own 30th anniversary year.
    • Comedy
      2 June 2017 8:00 PM
      Following a sell-out tour and a BBC Radio 4 adaptation of his 2015 show Lance, Kieran Hodgson's Maestro is a ‘heartwarming show that sends you out humming with happiness' (The Times)
    • Music
      3 June 2017 7:30 PM
      This Olivier Award-winning version of Puccini’s much-loved weepie is a favourite with critics and audiences alike. La Bohème charts the ups and downs of a group of idealistic graduates as they bicker, party, try to make ends meet and follow their dreams.
    • Literature & Talks
      4 June 2017 3:00 PM
      This intimate and theatrical afternoon explores the life and work of Leonard Bernstein, the musical superman behind many of the 20th century’s most memorable songs, with classics from West Side Story, Candide and Peter Pan performed live by Olivier Award-nominated West End leading lady Sophie-Louise Dann and pianist Jason Carr.
    • Film
      4 June 2017 7:30 PM
      Leonard Bernstein’s ambitious score, exhilarating dance numbers and inventive staging drive a modernist re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet, the starcrossed lovers coming from rival street gangs in 50s New York.
    • Music
      5 June 2017 7:30 PM
      Expect evocative songs intelligently weaving together shimmering strings and soaring brass crescendos, bright grooves and floating fiddle melodies.
    • Music
      6 June 2017 7:30 PM
      With its debut concert described as 'a significant moment in our cultural life' by The Independent, the Chineke! Orchestra is the most diverse orchestra working in Europe, its aim to champion change and celebrate diversity in classical music.
    • Music
      7 June 2017 7:30 PM
      The Heath Quartet perform one of Haydn’s so-called Russian quartets, the folk-centred world of Bartok’s second quartet, and the last major work that Mendelssohn composed.
    • Music
      8 June 2017 7:30 PM
      Combining a great stage presence with an energetic, dynamic flair, Le Vent du Nord is one of the leading names in Québecois folk music performing original songs inspired by tradition. Prepare yourself for a glorious mix of fiddle, foottapping, guitar, accordion, piano, bass, hurdy-gurdy and wonderful four-part harmonies.
    • Music
      9 June 2017

      After two weekends of live gigs in the city’s pubs and clubs, Salisbury Live bursts out into the heart of the city with a day and night of great live music in the Market Square.

    • Music
      9 June - 10 June 2017
      Voices of the Whale will transform the Cathedral into a submerged watery world, bathed in blue light and filled with sound. Featuring the massed voices of the Festival’s Chorus and guest instrumentalists, this promenade performance invites you to immerse yourself in a musical world inspired by these creatures and the oceans in which they live.
    • Comedy
      9 June 2017 8:00 PM
      Rich Hall's stand-up performances have established him as a master of absurdist irony and the king of rapid-fire wit, and every single song played by Rich and the band is packed tightly with jokes, showcasing his critically acclaimed grouchy, deadpan comedic style.
    • Music
      10 June 2017 8:00 PM
      Acclaimed Baroque ensemble Barokksolistene‘s Alehouse Sessions transform Salisbury’s Arts Centre into a Musick-Houses, with folk songs of the time featuring alongside music by Purcell and others. Expect folky, seductive and sparkling music, accompanied by anecdotes, humour and – of course – beer!
    • Music
      11 June 2017

      On the morning after the final performances of the Festival, this year’s Festival Eucharist reflects on the 2017 programme and looks forward to the promise of the 2018 edition.

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