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Guest blog: Reflections on Market Songs – composer Michael Betteridge

Salisbury inspires!

The Arts in Wiltshire

Four hundred voices. A non-traditional performance site in, or around, Salisbury. Six rehearsals. Sixty-minute performance. Go!

Ok, so I am being rather unfair to simplify Market Songs, my site specific a capella vocal installation, which opened this year’s Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, in such a way, but when faced with creating such a colossal and complicated work the most practical thing to do was to simplify exactly what the work had to be, before getting into the artistic nitty gritty.

Conductor Howard Moody and composer Michael Betteridge with the Festival chorus at Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival 22 May 2015. Photo: Adrian Harris Conductor Howard Moody and composer Michael Betteridge with the Festival chorus at Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival 22 May 2015.
Photo: Adrian Harris

The starting point (and finishing point!) was the city’s market square. Infamous throughout history – including recent history – it seemed a location rich in potential. I delved into the history books locating rules, regulations, orders and bye-laws, which, alongside the poetry of Wiltshire poet…

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