Dr Shirley Thompson, Patron of Black British Academics, is not just a distinguished composer and visionary artist but an influential cultural activist whose unique talents have done much to democratise the classical music genre through epic narratives that acknowledge and celebrate people of African descent. Examples of such compositions are: Sacred Mountain: Incidents in the Life of Queen Nanny of the Maroons and Spirit of the Middle Passage.
2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of Windrush – a term the denotes the migration of people from the Caribbean, some of whom began their journey to the UK on board the British ship Empire Windrush, in 1948. Dr Shirley Thompson is taking part in two important events during Black History Month to mark the Windrush Anniversary, not to be missed.
With instrumental music, spoken word and video, as Composer and Artistic Director, Dr Shirley Thompson and guest musicians and composers bring narratives and memories from the Windrush experience.