The concert will include songs by Betty Jackson King, Margaret Bonds, Julia Perry, Undine Smith Moore as well as music for violin and piano by William Grant Still and Samuel Coleridge Taylor, alongside piano solos by Margaret Bonds and others. The aesthetic outlook in this music touches on themes from the ‘Harlem’ and ‘Chicago’ Renaissance movements, celebrating cultural ideology derived from the African Diaspora. The musical sound world includes an eclectic range of musical influences from jazz, to blues, Negro Spirituals, and folk dance elements all melded in classical form.
“Lost Chords Unsung Songs was a valuable and musically wonderful contribution to the concert series “Sounds of Freedom” which was part of the programme of events in Gateshead to commemorate the bicentenary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. The idea of the series was to show that the contribution of black people to the cultural life of this country is far-reaching and spans a whole range of artistic expression. The concert was an integral part of this, and the music was in every way able to stand up on it’s own merits.”
Sue Hurrell , Central Arts Officer, Arts Development Team, Old Town Hall, Gateshead.
“As a part of Black History Month, this concert, devised by the multi-talented Philip Herbert, proved to be just as revealing as his previous offering for the same event a couple of years ago……..there is a rich vein of distinctive music by Black composers”
Neil Crutchley Leicester Mercury
Philip Herbert, studied music education at King Alfred’s College, Winchester and later read music at postgraduate level at Andrew’s University, Michigan, USA. He also gained piano teaching and piano performing diplomas from the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music respectively, as an external student. He has studied piano with teachers such as Diana Owen, John Owings, the late Dr. Foster, and Irene Ingram. In addition he also received coaching from the late Kendall Taylor CBE and Guy Johnson. He also studied choral conducting with the late Simon Johnson, and was also a Graduate Assistant to the Head of Vocal Studies at Andrews University USA.
Philip has performed in a number of contexts, including in the presence of dignitaries such as HRH Prince Charles, and the late Diana Princess of Wales to name a few, in various major venues across Britain. He has also been involved in a number of projects that have been broadcast on Radio 2 and3, also BBC TV. The recording of his composition ‘Elegy,’ where he conducts London Mozart Players, was featured on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 In Tune in March 2007 and recently in April 2008 on Chi-Chi Nwanoku’s Radio 3 Requests Show. He was also invited to contribute to ‘Sound the trumpet’, for BBC Radio 4 – December 2007, presented by Julian Joseph. He was also the artistic director and conductor, in a project entitled. ‘Perspectives: What’s yours?’ where he collaborated with ViVA Sinfonia, in a first showcase (for Leicester) of music by Black composers , whose music is rarely heard in Britain. Philip was also interviewed and seen performing in a feature for Black History Season, about classical music by Black Composers: by Karen Morgan at Central Television, October 2005.
Philip was commissioned by Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey, to compose ‘Oh Freedom’ for the November 2007 International Conference, Freedom and Culture, at the South bank Centre, which enjoyed a very successful premiered by the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Yuval Zorn. From March 2007, he has been touring a programme of chamber music and art songs entitled, ‘Lost Chords – Unsung Songs’ including music from the Chicago and Harlem Renaissance movements. On 29th November 2007, one of Philip’s choral arrangements ‘ Sometimes I feel like a motherless child’, was featured in the ‘Sing Freedom’ project, in Leicester’s Guildhall.
Angela M Caesar
ANGELA CAESAR was born in Manchester. She studied voice at Trinity College of Music, London and at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland where she worked with the distinguished soprano and contemporary music expert Phyllis Bryn-Julson.
Angela has worked with the Royal Opera House, the English National Opera and many of the regional opera companies performing roles such as Alice Ford in Falstaff, Gianetta in L’Elisir d’Amore and Suor Angelica. She has been a featured soloist in television and radio performances of Carmina Burana, Porgy and Bess, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and the Pergolesi Stabat Mater.
Angela has also performed in various contemporary music projects and workshops for composers such as Jonathan Dove, Errollyn Wallen, Dominique Le Gendre, Julian Philips and Shirley Thompson, at venues such as, the South Bank and the Linbury Studio, Covent Garden. She has performed recitals at musical festivals such as Chichester, The City of London and Covent Garden.
Her collaborations with jazz and classical music include a recording with saxophonist Chris Bowden, performances with Michael Garrick, Jessye Norman and the UK tour of “All Rise” featuring Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra.
In the U.S.A., Angela made her debut at Carnegie Hall, New York as the first prize winner of the Centre for Contemporary Opera’s International Opera Competition. Angela has performed in, A Nitro at the Opera at the Linbury Studio in the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and for BBC 4, Kismet at the Arcola Theatre, the opera premiere of Another America: Fire at Sadler’s Wells, for PUSH 04 and Coleridge -Taylor’s Dream Lovers at the National Opera Studio. She has recently appeared as Moon, in the Olivier Award winning production, Caroline, or Change at the National Theatre and in productions of Mass Carib and An African Cargo with the Nitro Theatre Company as part of the Greenwich Festival.
Angela will be performing as a Principal and Soloist with English Touring Opera, in the autumn.
She has assisted with educational projects for the Tête à Tête Company, *Cre8nrg Company, syncopation and The Bold Balladiers.
David Way studied at the Guildhall School of Music, initially as a Junior Exhibitioner, before winning a full-time scholarship. He studied violin with Detlef Hahn and chamber music with Leonard Stehn, and was leader of both the symphony orchestra and the chamber orchestra. He formed the Hill String Quartet, appearing at the Cambridge Festival. He also gained early formative experience as leader of the Westminster Camerata, and he collaborated with them as soloist in Bach’s Fourth Brandenburg Concerto.
On graduation, David joined the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, concertising, broadcasting, recording and touring internationally for four years. He then moved to Norway, where he worked as Alternating Principal Second Violin in both the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. He has freelanced with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and as Guest Leader of the Real Filharmonia de Galicia. As soloist, he has performed many of the famous concertos with orchestra. As recitalist, he has appeared at the Radcliffe Observatory, the National Opera Studio, the Santa Maria della Scala (Siena), and the Open University. In September 2007, he gave a concert for Paganini’s 225th birthday in Lewes, at the Westgate Chapel.
David has also been busy as a viola player, in the Amber Players String Quartet, and as a dedicated teacher.