Award-winning local Choir premiere 'Freedom'!

This Saturday (22nd June) a BBC-backed Southampton Choir will celebrate the 180 year anniversary of the abolition of slavery in England.

The Southampton Choral Society will perform the World Premiere choral cantata “FREEDOM” under the direction of Musical Director, Peter Gambie, at King’s Community Church, Hedge End, Southampton. The concert celebrates the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in England in 1833, and will see 135 singers from the society perform this brand-new work.

Ian Schofield’s cantata, with text by Alexander Rhodes, tells the stories of three slaves from the actual Court trials in England around 1833, and the demise of slavery. Local choirs in the Southampton area will also be taking part, including Fair Oak's Wyvern Community Choir and students from Wyvern Technology College Choir.

The Southampton Choral Choir recently won the BBC’s highly prestigious Performing Arts Award, and was awarded a £10,000 grant for the "Freedom" project, which will unite many different types of choirs in the Southampton area.

Local MP Mike Thornton, who will be in attendance, said, "This project really does illustrate just how imaginative and dynamic local groups in our area are, and is a great example of community action. I can't wait for the concert, and I think local people will be in for a real treat."

"It is hard to imagine just what victims of slavery had to go through, and the concert will I hope give a real insight into the terrible experiences of slaves, and how the fight to abolish slavery was won. As a Liberal member of parliament, it is inspiring to hear more about historical figures like Charles James Fox, who valiantly fought to abolish slavery."

The concert is being held at King’s Community Church, Hedge End, Southampton SO30 4BB, starting at 7pm, 22nd June 2013. Tickets from £2 to £10 are available from Marthas, telephone 023 8033 3400, 33 Bedford Place, Southampton. Alternatively please telephone 023 8033 2467, or visit the website

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