Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Psalm to Windrush: for the Brave and Ingenious

Passengers disembarking from the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Dock, June 1948
Passengers disembarking from the
Empire Windrush at Tilbury Dock, June 1948
The world premiere of a new piece for solo voices and organ, Psalm to Windrush: for the Brave and the Ingenious, by the British/Jamaican composer Shirley J. Thompson, will feature as part of the service being held at Westminster Abbey on 22 June 2018 to mark the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the MV Empire Windrush on 22 June 1948 at Tilbury Docks.

The thanksgiving service Spirit of Windrush -Contributions to Multicultural Britain will feature Thomson's new piece performed by Nadine Benjamin and Gweneth-Ann Rand (sopranos), Ronald Samm (tenor), Bryon Jackson (baritone), Peter Holder (organ), conducted by Thompson.

Other participants in the service will include a 70th Anniversary Windrush Choir, directed by Karen Gibson, Gospel soloist Carla Jane and the Shernall Street Methodist Steel Band. The Dean of Westminster, the Very Revd Dr John Hall, will officiate at the service in the Windrush Cope, a liturgical vestment that has been specifically created to mark the 70th anniversary year. The service will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Sunday Worship (0810-0848) on Sunday, 24th June 2018.

Between 1948 and 1973, some 524,000 people from the Commonwealth became residents in the UK. Caribbean people currently comprise 3% of Britain's population.

Further information from the Westminster Abbey website.

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