Performances 2018


An opera by Howard Moody
Saturday 25 August 2018, 5pm and 8pm
(doors open 4.30pm and 7.30pm, unreserved seating)
St Thomas’s Church, Salisbury

A La Folia production in association with Wiltshire Creative
Originally commissioned by Battle Festival (2016) and produced in partnership with Glyndebourne and the De La Warr Pavilion
Directed by Simon Iorio
Musical direction by Howard Moody
Performed by Salisbury Festival Chorus, PUSH Children’s Chorus and La Folia Orchestra (details below)
Soloists: James Newby, Matthew Stiff, Tereza Gevorgyan

Tickets £20 (£10 under-18s) from Wiltshire Creative Ticket Sales at Salisbury Playhouse:
01722 320333 |

‘My life is only miracles’

PUSH is a community opera written by Howard Moody. Through music, we discover the extraordinary story of Simon Gronowski, who was pushed by his mother from a train bound for Auschwitz in 1943 and survived.

Featuring internationally-renowned soloists, a community chorus of 120 adults and children and a professional orchestra, PUSH is packed with memorable scenes and tunes, and carries a strong message of hope and belief in the ‘power of human goodness’.

Since being commissioned by Battle Festival in 2016, PUSH has been performed at Battle Festival in Sussex and in Chichester Cathedral for Holocaust Memorial Day 2018. The performances in Salisbury’s St Thomas’s Church are part of the Wiltshire Creative Lift Off! weekend.

The Orchestra

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Violins: Daphne Moody and Rosie Tompsett
Viola: George White
Cello: Joe Giddey
Double bass: Sandy Burnett
Guitar: Andy Williams
Flute: Chloë Vincent
Clarinet: Andrew Sparling
Horn: Chris Beagles
Trumpets: Sam Kinrade and Stephen Peneycad
Trombones: Dominic Hales and Jim Alexander
Percussion: Jez Wiles and Peter Beament

Simon Gronowski will be in Salisbury for the performances and there is an opportunity to hear his story first-hand at the following event:

PUSH: My Life is Only Miracles
Simon Gronowski tells his story

Saturday 25 August 2018, 11am (doors open 10.30am, unreserved seating)
Salisbury Methodist Church

A unique opportunity to hear from Simon Gronowski himself, as he speaks about his extraordinary experiences.

Tickets £10 from Wiltshire Creative Ticket Sales at Salisbury Playhouse: 01722 320333 /

Rehearsal photographs by Adrian Harris

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Southern Cathedrals Festival Concert

Saturday 21 July 2018, 6pm
Salisbury Cathedral

Elgar Lux aeterna
Kelly Elegy in memoriam Rupert Brooke
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem

With the combined Choristers and Gentlemen of the three Cathedrals, Salisbury Cathedral Chamber Choir and La Folia Orchestra

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