Online Event, Southampton, Nationwide, United Kingdom
Friday, April 23, 2021 - 19:00 to 21:30
Please note that this is an online event.
Join us for this unique event online as we broadcast the world premiere of Voyages of the Heart, a piece by renowned composer, producer, cellist and kora virtuoso Tunde Jegede, inspired by the stories of Southampton’s migrant communities.
The Mayflower sailed from England to America in 1620, one of many thousands of ships which have come to or left Southampton. In 2020 and 2021, reflecting its commitment to being a City of Sanctuary, Southampton is the first city to mark a Mayflower anniversary through the lens of migration, with a series of events which remember and reveal the stories of those journeys.
Commissioned by Turner Sims Southampton and its project partner Southampton City Council, and involving migrant community musicians and people from diverse backgrounds, Tunde Jegede describes the piece as ‘about heritage, journeys, migration and the transitory sense of home and identities…[asking] pivotal questions of our perception of culture, memory, race and how we see the world.’
Supported by funding from Arts Council England, Southampton City Council and the University of Southampton, the performance features an extraordinary ensemble of diverse musicians and vocalists, including many who have their roots in Southampton and are based in the city. Be among the very first to hear this powerful, poignant and uplifting new work.
Tunde Jegede Composer
SOLO VOCALISTS Laverne Williamsthe Mother (Opera Mezzo Soprano), Shannon Bakerthe Daughter (Soul Singer), Ivan Dillamorethe Father (Reggae Singer), Sal Chituluthe Son (MC/Poet/Vocalist), Pooja Angrathe Elements (Indian Classical Vocalist), Hayley Mcdowellthe Waters (Irish Gaelic Singer)
GOSPEL SINGERS Kim Kirby, Cj Edwards, Tia Mcgregor
OPERATIC CHOIR Liane Marie Cole, Colin Judson, William Gadd, Lucy Urquhart
INSTRUMENTALISTS Helen Gentile Irish Whistle /Flute, Lewis Wood Irish Folk Violin, Olivia Jaguers Harp, Zayn Mohamed Sitar / Oud, JonathanFasholeluke Piano
STRING QUARTET Philippa Baldwin Violin I, Louise Owen Violin II, Helen Louise Viola, Kelly Jo Peters Cello
RHYTHM SECTION Mitel Purohit Tabla, Scratch Gordon Bass, Luke Garnes Drums
Event running time: 135 minutes including interval
Tickets to view this broadcast are available to purchase until 7pm, Monday 3 May
This event is available for you to enjoy until 10pm, Monday 3 May
How do I experience this event?
• Choose your ticket, depending on how you wish to support the project – and book • Wait for your link to be sent to you on the day of the concert (if you book after the event, your link will be sent to you in an e-ticket) • You can watch this concert on any device as long as you have an internet connection (laptop, tablet, mobile etc) • For best audio quality, we recommend headphones
This project is commissioned by Turner Sims Southampton and its project partner Southampton City Council, supported by Arts Council England and the University of Southampton.