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Hull Freedom Chorus events

Projects for 2015

Various projects for 2015 are currently in the pipeline.

Hull Freedom Chorus - Share the Spirit of Christmas

Hull Freedom Chorus continues with a seasonal tradition of working with Wakefield based choral leader Ali Bullivent, this December.

If you would like to join in we have got three free workshops with Ali on 5 December (2pm - 5pm), 11 December (7pm - 9pm) and 12 December (2pm - 4pm) during which you will learn special material with a seasonal theme from various cultures.  Ali has also been commissioned to write a special piece just for this project and it is promising to be a real hit with everyone.

Workshops will be followed by performances in the City Centre on the afternoon and early evening of 12 December.  Join us for a special free performance evening at St Mary's Church, Lowgate, Hull 5.30pm - 7pm (to be confirmed).

All are welcome to join in or to come and listen to the free performance in this lovely intimate setting.

Freedom Festival 2015

Another Freedom Festival project has been created for 2015 - Voices of Freedom. We continue the association of the Hull Freedom Chorus with this spectacular arts festival and the Chorus will be joined by newly formed singing groups from Smith and Nephew, Kingston Communications, Associated British Ports and City Healthcare Partnership to perform a newly composed choral work by Graeme Stuart in a spectacular opening event on Scale Lane bridge, conducted by the inspiring Em Whitfield Brooks.

Listen to a podcast for a sneak look behind the scenes of the Voices of Freedom project.

Massed singing project 2015-16

A project bringing together local choirs for a specially commissioned new choral work to be performed in City Hall with City of Hull Youth Orchestra. Further details to follows.

Past projects in 2015

Freedom Flame 2015

Inspiring composer and choral leader, Helen Yeomans worked with the chorus on specially commissioned music, on the theme of unity and freedom. The group rehearsed with local conductor Menjamin Newton, leading to a world premiere performance led by Helen, celebrating the 70th anniversary of end of the Second World War in Europe on 8 May 2015.

Projects in 2014

Freedom Festival 2014 project

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For Freedom Festival 2014 the chorus worked with members of acclaimed group Black Voices. Led by Carol Pemberton MBE, Black Voices have a reputation for being Europe's finest female a cappella group. They worked with the chorus exploring the black oral musical tradition. The chorus subsequently gave four performances at the Hull Freedom Festival and ReCOGnition Festival led by inspiring choral leader Em Whitfield Brooks.

City of Culture Celebration – June 2014

A group of Chorus members contributed an exciting performance for the finale of this event in Queen Victoria Square on 28 June, collaborating with a group of 40 drummers coordinated by the World Drumming Network. A thrilling event for all concerned.

Follow the Herring - Get up and Tie Your Fingers - June 2014

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A group from the Chorus contributed a haunting choral backing for a stage play at Hull Truck, 'Get up and Tie Your Fingers' - to critical acclaim adding a 39 strong chorus to the play by the Guild of Lillians. This was part of the follow the Herring project which brought Herring girls to centre stage in exhibitions and performances.

Freedom Flame welcome event – May 2014

A group of Chorus members gave a performance as part of a celebration event welcoming the Freedom Flame to it’s new home in Princes Quay. Great to be involved in an event celebrating Freedom in such a profound way.

Projects in 2013

Previous projects include -

Freedom Festival 2013

Hull Freedom Chorus Flashmob 2013 - Princes Quay Shopping Centre

Hull Freedom Chorus Flashmob 2013 - Hull transport interchange

Welcoming the World project

Working with composer Helen Chadwick, an anthem for Hull was filmed and screened at Rugby League World Cup 2013 matches in Hull.

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Intergenerational project

Working with composer and choral leader Helen Yeomans on special Freedom songs, and creating a Freedom Youth Chorus project.  This led to performances as part of Creative Voice's Youth Arts Festival 2013.

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Christmas project

Working with Ali Bullivent from Wakefield Cathedral, the group contributed to a massed choir performance in a One World Christmas Event at Wakefield Cathedral and a performance in support of EYMS Brass Band at Holy Trinity Church Hull. December 2013.

Chorus members can expect more projects in a similar vein to get involved with in the future.  Every project is different and provides new ways to enjoy singing together.

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