African Messiah by Tunde Jegede (An African experience of Handel's Messiah)
Linbury Studio Theatre
Sunday 2nd September 2pm-3pm, 5pm-6pm
African Messiah is a celebratory new work by composer and multi-instrumentalist Tunde Jegede, combining themes and melodies from Handel's Messiah with African musical traditions. The work draws in particular on the sounds of the kora, a West African harp-lute, and music in the griot tradition, and brings together some of the finest international singers, musicians and ensembles for a unique performance.
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Sean Rafferty presents, with guests from the arts world including chatelaine of Glyndebourne, and 'Opera's coolest soprano', Danielle de Niese. She visits the In Tune studio ahead of a project in collaboration with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. We have live music from soprano Ailish Tynan with pianist Richard Black ahead of her appearance at the Desert Island Discs Prom. Plus, kora player Tunde Jegede performs live in the studio with sopranos Josephine Amankwah and Laverne Williams as they prepare for 'African Messiah' at the Linbury Theatre.
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Josephine Amankwah is a seasoned and accomplished professional of the creative arts. Her exquisite mezzo-soprano voice has led to her being cast in productions with some of classical music's leading lights, at some of the world's most famous venues. Having trained at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Josephine has embarked on a successful acting career which has won her a number of notable credits in television, film and theatre.
"a thrilling and haunting soprano"
"the voice of a nightingale"