Lynsey is a concerts Producer and the Founder/ Artistic Director of Celebrate Voice, an annual festival in Salisbury, Wiltshire.
Now in its 9th year, Celebrate Voice has attracted international names in opera, jazz, music theatre, a cappella, folk and cabaret.
To that end the festival has seen award winning performers: Jazz artists Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw, Jacqui Dankworth, Joe Stilgoe and Natalie Williams; Folk sensations, Sam Lee, Nancy Kerr, Sam Kelly, Lady Maisery, Lucid and Cosmo Sheldrake; A cappella wonder from The Swingles, Papagena, Apollo5, Blossom Street; Cabaret hilarity from Dillie Keane, Stefan Bednarkcyk & Miss Hope Springs; Music Theatre superstars Janie Dee and Kerry Ellis. For its brand new opera productions, the festival has welcomed scores of leading UK and international opera singers to Salisbury for sell-out performances of Die Fledermaus, La Boheme, Tosca, Hansel & Gretel, Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro and La Traviata.
Lynsey's work as an animateur has led to numerous collaborations with organisations who share the ethos that music and culture are essential to our human experience, well-being and sense of shared community. To this end, Celebrate Voice prides itself on its immersion in the community, with workshops and concerts for young and old, people with special needs, as well as providing a platform for local upcoming performers to showcase their skills.
Lynsey's partnerships have led to the festival also providing a year-round offer:
- An acclaimed primary schools' opera project, funded by the Wiltshire Music Hub (so far having reached over 3000 young people in the county)
- Opportunities for performance opportunities within the festival for young singers, with the Wiltshire Youth Choir
- Supporting older and vulnerable people in our community with projects such as the Courtyard Carollers, in collaboration with Celebrating Age, Wiltshire
- Working with young adults with Special Educational Needs, developed online workshops partnership with South Wilts Mencap through the pandemic to F2F music workshops
During the Pandemic, Lynsey produced scores of online concerts, singing workshops and produced an online opera, together with Iford Arts. The concerts and workshops provided work for many musicians, and a meaningful way for the community to stay connected, prevent loneliness in isolation and promote people's well-being.
During this time Lynsey was honoured to receive a letter on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, acknowledging her work in the arts, and an invitation from the Duchess of Cambridge to attend the 2021 Westminster Abbey Christmas Carol Concert.
Lynsey produces opera gala concerts for theatres, festivals and private clients. She specialises in creating tailored-made events, combining international operatic talent with accessible programming, and a flair for audience communication and participation.
Productions range from 2 singers and piano, to 40-minute 3-hand, costumed opera productions (La Boheme, La Traviata, Tosca), to 6-soloist full opera galas with orchestra, choir and children's choir, Lynsey produces operatic event to suit all budgets and performance spaces. In addition, full opera productions with international opera singers from Celebrate Voice Festival are available for tour. Please get in touch via the Contact page to discuss an event.