FREEDOM! – The Power Of Song
Saturday 3rd November 2018, 7:30pm
“Freedom! The Power of Song” was commissioned by the Salisbury Community Choir, from Alexander L’Estrange, in collaboration with his wife Joanna, a former Swingle Singer.
This powerful new work, which comprises both original music and poems inspired by episodes of recent history, and arrangements of classic songs, celebrates the unique role of communal singing throughout history in bringing people together in solidarity at times of upheaval and struggle, and changing lives for good.
The journey begins, chronologically, with Martin Luther King’s Civil Rights movement in the US (1954-1968), with the cry of “Oh Freedom!”, followed by a medley comprising songs such as “We shall not be moved” and “We shall overcome”.
We move then to World War I (1914-1918), recalling the spontaneous singing of soldiers in the trenches with “Everyone Sang”, juxtaposed with “Abide with me”, followed by a beautiful original song “Red is the colour”.
The Movement for Equality for Women (1906 – the present day and on-going) focusses on the Suffragette Movement with a march and a song for “Twenty-first century woman”.
The non-violent Baltic Singing Revolution (1987-1991) incorporates original music “How can I keep from singing”, a “Litany” and “The Power of Song”, with national tunes from the region.
The “Freedom Finale” draws the whole work to a rousing and uplifting close, with choirs and audience singing “This little light of mine”.
Scored for SATB chorus, massed unison children’s choir and a band, “Freedom! The Power of Song” Promises to bring the whole community together in joyous and heartfelt celebration and singing.
The timing of the concert has been chosen to remember the centenary of ending ofWW1and celebrate the freedoms we enjoy.
There will be a retiring collection in support of Naomi House Children’s Hospice the chosen charity of Salisbury Community Choir.
Tickets available from the Winchester Cathedral Box Office
Meet My Choir:
Salisbury Community Choir
Chorister Edward Bull tells us about Salisbury Community Choir.
“Meet My Choir” is part of a Radio 3 programme called “The Choir” which is broadcast at 4pm on Sundays. In this feature local choirs are invited to send in a recording of their music along with some information about the choir itself. Ed Bull, a long-standing member of the choir, talks about why SCC is so special to those who sing in it and what it has achieved.
This programme was first broadcast in April 2015.
Salisbury Community Choir is a thriving amateur choir with over 150 members
The choir sings for the sheer love of it, but also challenges itself to develop up to and beyond its potential. The choir is non auditioned, some members read music and some do not. The mixture works and with patient encouragement from Jeremy, our fantastic Musical Director, the choir achieves amazing performance successes, whilst having a lot of fun along the way!
We are ambitious and adventurous musically, commissioning new works and organising and performing in both small and large scale concerts all over the UK. We regularly tour abroad, mainly to Europe, but have adventured further afield.
The SCC has a big heart and we have a real community focus, supporting each other and fundraising for a diverse range of charities, from Hospices to Homelessness.
If you love to sing, have a spirit of adventure and would like to be part of our community why not come and try us out!
The SCC thrives on the variety of the music it sings, from choral classics to classic pop!
Recent repertoire includes:
- Will Todd: The City Garden (SCC commission)
- Bob Chilcott: The Salisbury Vespers (SCC joint commission)
- Folk based songs and arrangements from Percy Grainger, Philip Lawson and Jonathan Rathbone, Will Todd and many more.
- Faure: Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine
- Compilations from: Oklahoma, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Les Miserables, ABBA and many others
- Vivaldi: Gloria
- An extensive variety of carols and Christmas music.
In December 2016 we were featured on BBC Radio Wiltshire, listen to our members talk about the choir.