World premiere of "Freedom" - a Cantata based on abolition of slavery in the UK
Date: June 16, 2013
Location: England, United Kingdom
A vibrant and dramatic new work by Ian Schofield for three choral groups (gospel/church choirs, school/college choirs and community choirs) and bass soloist is being performed on 22nd June, 2013 in King's Community Church, Hedge End, Hampshire, SO30 4BB, U.K.
Commissioned by Peter Gambie and the Southampton Choral Society, "Freedom" describes five court cases from the 18th century which eventually led to the abolition of slavery. The choir won a BBC Community Arts award which sets out to bring different choral groups together. Schofield writes for three different levels of musical difficulty (best decribed as easy, medium and difficult) so that three contrasting types of choirs can work together.
The work has several spirituals running through the five movements, so the work is eminently tuneful and approachable.
350 singers combine with djembe drummers, piano, bass, drums and percussion in this stunning, 45-minute long exploration of a dark period in British history.
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