Tunde Jegede | Voyages to a New World
Turner Sims Southampton Mayflower 400 music Commission
World-renowned composer, producer, cellist and kora virtuoso Tunde Jegede has been chosen to create the music for a special project as part of Southampton’s Mayflower 400 anniversary. A commission from Turner Sims Southampton and its project partner Southampton City Council, the work will take the form of a set of choral pieces based on pre-existing and new oral histories of Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) and migrant communities.
Southampton’s Mayflower 400 programme is focusing of the themes of journeys, migration and sanctuary. The commission will be inspired by the stories of Southampton’s migrant communities, collected through the City Archive and a new National Lottery Heritage Fund supported oral history project. The final pieces will be premiered at a special performance at Turner Sims likely to take place in February 2021.
Turner Sims will be providing an opportunity for BAME and migrant community musicians in Southampton to workshop with Tunde Jegede ahead of activity planned later in the year with musicians and local singers. Details of the workshop, and how musicians can get involved will be announced in the Autumn.
Image: Tunde Jegede by Yoshitaka Kono