We were delighted to bring together more than 300 children from Schools across Worcestershire at Worcester Cathedral on Tuesday 19th November. The children performed a fabulous choral concert to celebrate the launch of a year-long series of events leading up to the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage in 1620.
This pilgrim voyage from the UK to the ‘New World’ of America was an epic historical journey, inspired by an unquenchable desire for freedom. The anniversary commemorates the legacy of the passengers and crew who undertook this journey and for whom the voyage promised newfound liberty.
The King’s School Community Choral Project
Here at King’s we have a special interest in the celebrations due to the fact that one of the leaders of the Pilgrims, Edward Winslow, was a scholar at the school. He also lived near Kempsey.
The music for the concert, which tells the story of Edward Winslow, was written by former King’s Music Assistant, Piers Connor Kennedy. Simon Taranczuk, Director of Music here at King’s Worcester, has been travelling around the eight participating schools, teaching the songs and rehearsing since September. He said:
“We’ve received such overwhelming support from our local primary schools in bringing the community together to celebrate this important occasion. The Mayflower Voyage is such an important historical event and I am delighted to be involved in spreading awareness of it, particularly across Worcester where the story has such significance to our local community. It was a truly wonderful evening and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the hard work come together. ”
Alongside our own choir, the children involved were from St George’s C of E Primary, St Clement’s Primary, Cutnall Green Primary, St Barnabas Primary, The Elms, Colwall, King’s St Alban’s and King’s Hawford.
The International Mayflower Compact partnership has been created to bring together 11 core UK member destinations across England, alongside the United States of America, the Native American community and the Netherlands. The partners are united in their passion to commemorate the anniversary and to celebrate shared values of freedom, democracy, humanity and the future.
In the build up to and during 2020, these locations have created an international Mayflower Trail and an accompanying world class cultural programme which will unite communities, inspire creativity, drive economic growth and promote understanding. Over 400 ‘moments’ will take place, ranging from international civic ceremonies to local community events.
Recordings of the concert can be found on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ksw-music/sets/mayflower-concert