Windrush: A Free Celebratory Concert

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Next Friday 22 June, Town Hall, Symphony Hall will mark the 70th anniversary of the journey that HMS Empire Windrush made from the Caribbean with a free celebratory concert. 

As part of this project, delivered in partnership with Black Voices and Ladywood Arts Forum, three new pieces of music and two new dances have been created especially for this performance. Town Hall Symphony Hall has engaged with 6 primary schools and 1 sixth form college with a total of 250 pupils involved. In-school workshops have been happening across the schools to prepare for the event, as well as extra rehearsals happening outside these workshops to prepare for the day. 


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New commissions and choreography have been created for the performance with new songs sung by the massed Ladywood Choir and 180 Key Stage Two primary school children. 

Two other classes having been working hard with ACE Dance and Music to learn two specially-choreographed dances to tell elements of the Windrush story. BOA Jazz Ensemble will perform a new piece of music written by David Austin Grey for the event.


We hope as many of you as possible will join us at Town Hall to celebrate the culture and traditions that the Windrush Generation brought to the UK, 70 years after the Windrush ship made an 8,000 mile journey from the Caribbean to London with 492 passengers on board from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and other islands. 

This project has been made possible thanks to the generous donations from our supporters and friends in support of Generation Ladywood: THSH’s programme of activity to connect Ladywood residents to a world of music on their doorsteps.  We are also very grateful to the Rotary Club of Birmingham and the Greater Birmingham Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce for their support.

Reserve your free ticket online here or call 0121 780 3333.

Greater Birmingham Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce for their support.

All Photo credit Kate Green.