Soprano Abigail in Porgy and Bess at Barbican (London)

CEFC Gershwin Bowler 420x596px V1Friday 20 October 2017 7:30 PM
Barbican Hall, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Laura Bowler - Navigating the Dog Watch
Gershwin - Porgy and Bess (Litton concert version)

Crouch End Festival Chorus
London Orchestra da Camera
Inner Voices

David Temple - conductor
Francesca Chiejina - soprano
Abigail Kelly - soprano
Ronald Samm - tenor
Rodney Earl Clarke - bass-baritone

Crouch End Festival Chorus presents the vibrant and dramatic Porgy and Bess alongside the world premiere of Navigating the Dog Watch by young theatrically-minded composer Laura Bowler.

Based on a recent visit to some remote Atlantic islands, Bowler's wordless piece transforms their environment into an aural landscape using the infinite possibilities of the human voice, with a backdrop of film projections.

This performance marks a new collaboration with Inner Voices, one of London's emerging and talented youth choirs. Boldly juxtaposing Bowler's new work with Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, this performance brings together the passion, energy and quality that Crouch End Festival Chorus is known for.

Booking information

Friday 20 October 2017, 7.30pm
Barbican Hall, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

TICKETS: £28 / £24 / £18 / £12.50 plus booking fee*

Half price for full time students aged 21 and under
20% discount for CEFC Friends, Crouch End Project Cardholders, and Barbican members and residents
Open to Barbican Young Members' scheme
Barbican box office: 020 7638 8891

Abigail performs at ‘They Also Served’ honouring Caribbean servicemen in WW1

Birmingham's Black churches honor the forgotten contributions of millions of African and Caribbean servicemen to WW1

Up to 1,000 people are expected at the New Testament Church of God, Lozells Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B19 1NP from 5pm – 7pm on Sunday 2 July 2017 at a special WW1 centenary event to honor the often forgotten contributions of millions of African and Caribbean servicemen who contributed to World War 1, 1914 - 1918. The service will take place in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councilor Anne Underwood, with guest speaker The Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen and The Speaker of the House of Commons. Also gracing the service will be international operatic soprano Abigail Kelly and well-known poet Roy McFarlane. It marks the end of the 18-month 'They Also Served' (TAS) research project led by historian Dr Angelina Osborne.

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