The Year Of Jubilee
FRIDAY 30 NOVEMBER - 8:00 PM
THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF THE FISK JUBILEE SINGERS
Harvey Brough director
The University of Southampton Voices
Melanie Marshall (West End regular and star of Jane Eyre)
Wills Morgan (star of Jerry Springer the Opera)
Michael Henry (performer, composer and arranger of the Flying Pickets)
2 rising stars from the British jazz scene
Nic France (Loose Tubes, David Gilmore, Mose Allison)
The Year of Jubilee devised and written by Justin Butcher with all music written or arranged by Harvey Brough
The Fisk Jubilee singers were a choir of emancipated slaves who set out in the 1860s to raise money for their university in Nashville, Tennessee, which was the only American university to admit black students at that time. They astounded audiences across America and Europe with the plantation spirituals and ‘songs of sorrow’ that had never been heard before on a public stage. They came to London where they performed before Queen Victoria, Prime Minister Gladstone and the great and good of the land to universal acclaim, but they also came to Southampton on March 26th 1874, and performed at the Hartley Institute (forerunner of the University of Southampton).
An opportunity to hear many of the greatest spirituals – Go Down, Moses, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot and many others, while paying tribute to the choir who brought them to the attention of the world.