Audiences were welcomed to Town Hall last week in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Windrush. The concert was put together by Town Hall Symphony Hall in partnership with Black Voices and Ladywood Arts Forum, providing a wonderful opportunity to glimpse the talent, commitment and enthusiasm shared by the children, school staff and families of seven Ladywood constituency schools.
Immediately after the performance, the Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Yvonne Mosquito hosted a civic reception to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks on 22 June 1948, held at the Council House.
Town Hall Symphony Hall were particularly excited to share new pieces of music commissioned especially for the free celebratory concert.
The Windrush Calypso - Far Far Away was composed by Kevin Mark Trail and Shereece Storrod and performed by the massed Ladywood Primary Choir along with musicians David Austin Grey, Reuben Reynolds, Shivraj Singh and Nathan Greene.
Islanders was performed by Birmingham Ormiston Academy Jazz Ensemble, created by lead composer, David Austin Grey and support composer and ensemble leader, Xhosa Cole.
The Windrush Celebratory Concert has helped Town Hall Symphony Hall to further expand the Generation Ladywood offer to the children and families of Ladywood - a programme of activity to connect Ladywood residents to a world of music on their doorsteps. The project was made possible thanks to the generous donations from supporters and friends in support of Generation Ladywood. Town Hall Symphony Hall is also very grateful to the Rotary Club of Birmingham and the Greater Birmingham Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce for their support.