Exploring themes of slavery and freedom, Mighty River combines contemporary classical techniques with spirituals which were introduced to Hull in 1871 by the Fisk Jubilee Singers – an African-American a cappella choir of ex-slaves. The piece, written for orchestra, takes its inspiration from William Wilberforce the English politician, philanthropist and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade who was, very fittingly, a native of Hull. Errollyn Wallen is at ease both as a singer-songwriter of pop-influenced songs and a composer of contemporary new music. She describes her own Orchestra X with the motto, ‘We don’t break down barriers in music…we don’t see any.’
This 15-minute piece will be performed twice, with a short Q&A session with the composer between the performances.
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|Monday||10am - 5pm|
|Tuesday||10am - 5pm|
|Wednesday||10am - 5pm|
|Thursday||10am - 5pm|
|Friday||10am - 5pm|
|Saturday||10am - 5pm|
|Sunday||11am - 3pm|
Produced by OCM.
Supported by The Radcliffe Trust.
Supported by the RVW Trust.
Commissioned by Rev John and Mrs Carol Wates.