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Mayflower 400: Voyages of the Heart

23rd April 2021 - 23rd April 2021

19:00 - 21:30

Online

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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.

Composer: Tunde Jegede

Solo Vocalists:
Laverne Williams - the Mother (Opera Mezzo Soprano), Shannon Baker - the Daughter (Soul Singer), Ivan Dillamore - the Father (Reggae Singer), Sal Chitulu - the Son (Mc /poet/Vocalist), Pooja Angra - the Elements (Indian Classical Vocalist), Hayley Mcdowell - the 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, Jonathan Fasholeluke - 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

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.

This broadcast will be available to purchase for 10 days after the live performance.

  • 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 headphone

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