Vox Holloway Choir

Vox Holloway Choir

Vox Holloway is a community choir which is open to all. They sing a wide range of music, working with professional soloists and musicians. The director, Harvey Brough, is a composer and arranger whose original work for the choir includes Freedom Song. His deputy director is Christina Gill, a renowned operatic soloist, who has played a key role in devising and running their online choir, Virtual Vox. The choir has raised £80,000 for charity since 2010. Wills Morgan is a singer, director, writer, arranger and improviser. He has been a soloist for, amongst others, Kent Opera, Cleveland and Toledo Opera in Ohio and London’s National Theatre. Michael Henry is a vocalist, musical director and composer, who has worked with major British opera houses and European ensembles. Angela Caesar made her debut at Carnegie Hall, New York, as the first prize winner of the Centre for Contemporary Opera’s International Opera Competition. She has since performed in Europe, the West Indies, and across the UK. Justin Butcher, Vox Holloway founder, is a writer, actor & musician. In 2021, to mark Dante’s 700th anniversary, he produced Speaking Dante - a performance of the Divine Comedy with a cast led by Ralph Fiennes, Helen Mirren, Jessie Buckley & Adjoa Andoh, raising funds for refugee charity Comunità di Sant’Egidio.

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  1. 120. FREEDOM SONG: WHEN GOSPEL CAME TO THE EMPIRE IN 1871
    120. FREEDOM SONG: WHEN GOSPEL CAME TO THE EMPIRE IN 1871

    Family Ticket: 2 adults, 3 children; Child Ticket: aged 5-15; Under 5: FREE

    Sing it loud, sing it clear! Following its sell out performance at London's Hackney Empire, community choir, Vox Holloway, will bring this soulful story to the Chalke Valley. In 1871 a group of singers from Nashville, Tennessee, took to the road to raise money for their university. But this was no ordinary student choir. The Fisk Jubilee Singers were freed slaves. Their mission was not only to build the first Black University in the Southern States after emancipation but also to fight for the right of all African Americans to be educated. Facing down racial abuse and physical hardship, they introduced the world to plantation spirituals, ‘songs of sorrow’ never before heard in public. They toured the USA and Europe, where, incredibly, they serenaded Queen Victoria and performed in concert halls and cathedrals, as well as hospitals and orphanages. They sang to communities across Britain and went on to thrill audiences around the world, and they remain beacons of the civil rights movement 150 years on. In Freedom Song, composer Harvey Brough and playwright Justin Butcher have worked with diaries, historical records and the choir’s own songbook to reconstruct the struggles of the Fisk Singers. Vox Holloway is joined by professional soloists Angela Caesar, Christina Gill, Wills Morgan and Mike Henry on a musical journey which celebrates the power of music to overcome oppression and bring people from all backgrounds together.

    Outdoor Programme Event

    The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme.

    We have talks on the IPGL and History Hit Outdoor Stages, the Living History encampments and static displays, Speaker's Corner talks, performances from the History Tellers and others, live music, two bars, the Emporium, book shops and numerous cafes and food stalls. Anyone with an Outdoor Programme ticket can access up to twenty-five different scheduled events on any one day, so it is truly great value.

    For those wishing to experience The Trench, Sword School and Children's Creative History events, these are ticketed separately and need to be pre-booked. Rides on the Vintage Fairground are payable at the ride.

    Tickets to individual events in the Hiscox and Smith & Williamson tents also provide access to the Outdoor Programme on that particular day (1 person per ticket).

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