Classics from Kurt Weill, Nina Simone, Sheryl Crow, in new settings by Harvey Brough
At St Luke’s, Holloway, on Sunday April 10th. Book your tickets here
The 20th century left a powerhouse of standards expressing anger and sadness about the injustice and bloodshed that is still with us today – but also hopes for a better future.
Sheryl Crow wrote one of the great anthems for peace, “Redemption Day”, after visiting war-torn Bosnia in 1995, and it was picked up by Johnny Cash after the outbreak of the Iraq war eight years later. Nina Simone reframed Kurt Weill’s “Pirate Jenny” in the early 1960s as a cry for revenge in America’s Southern states. Any number of artists, from Ella Fitzgerald to the Supremes, have abandoned themselves to Rodgers’ and Hart’s wistful “Spring is Here”.
The musical conversation continues in the latest concert from the dynamic community choir, Vox Holloway. New choral versions, by musical maestro Harvey Brough, will be led by our stellar soloists Christina Gill and Clara Sanabras, with a band headed by pianist Liam Dunachie and bassist Oli Hayhurst.
Altogether now (in the words of the one and only Nina Simone):
Everything must change,
Nothing stays the same.
Winter turns to spring.
Wounded heart will heal.