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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.

Date Time Price  
Sat 1 Jul 2.00pm Free  
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Queen Victoria Square
01482 300 300


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  • Assistance Dogs
  • Level Access
  • Wheelchair Access

Opening times

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 3pm

Creative Credits

Produced by OCM.

Supported by The Radcliffe Trust.

Supported by the RVW Trust.

Commissioned by Rev John and Mrs Carol Wates.