Sunday 6 May: Super choir to perform songs of freedom to celebrate Amnesty's 50th at the Southbank
This Sunday (6 May) the London premiere of the song cycle “A Candle: Songs of Freedom”, which was especially composed for Amnesty’s 50th anniversary, will take place in the Front Room of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, in the Southbank Centre at 3.30pm.
The programme features works from four renowned contemporary composers of vocal music; Helen Chadwick, Karen Wimhurst, Sianed Jones and Katherine Zeserson, who have set eight texts by international poets and writers on the subject of freedom, to music.
Five choirs from across the UK will be conducted by musical director Sian Croose who commissioned the pieces to celebrate the anniversary.
The performance is part of the Southbank’s ‘Festival of Choral Music for Social Change’ taking place over the bank holiday weekend and entrance is free of charge.
Sian Croose, said:
“It’s wonderful to be bringing five choirs together to sing these inspiring songs on the Southbank. Calls for freedom and liberty naturally lend themselves to choirs raising their voices in harmony and it is a great way to celebrate five decades of extraordinary human rights activism from Amnesty, a British institution.
“It’s wonderful that the concert is free so families can come in over the bank holiday weekend and a new generation can be inspired to raise their voices for freedom. ”
What: A super choir performs songs of freedom to celebrate Amnesty at 50
Where: Front Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
When: Sunday 6 May, 3.30 pm