Free lecture at Gresham College, London - Fri 20 Sep 2019
This is from the Head of PR and Media at Gresham College:
"I thought your choir members would like to know about a free Gresham lecture on what we think might be the first gospel choir to sing in Britain, in the 19th century, the Fisk Jubilee Singers.
The lecture and performance by Harvey Brough is on 24th October, at the Museum of London, 6pm-7pm, and you can reserve free tickets online.
The blurb for the lecture runs:
A choir of ex-slaves, raising funds to build their University, toured America from 1871, suffering discrimination and hardship. They came to England, were treated with respect and sang to Queen Victoria and Gladstone. Spiritual songs are folk music and belong to us all, but because they came out of such horrific suffering itís hard to know how to sing them.
This lecture tells the tale of the singers whose courage and enterprise brought them to the world. The songs they sang include Steal Away to Jesus, Go Down, Moses and Deep River."