Category Archives: Choirs

Listen again: Robert Elms interviews Denys Baptiste on BBC London

BBC Robert Elms-Denys Baptiste interview

Great interview with Denys Baptiste by the wonderful Robert Elms on BBC Radio London last week ahead of his show at Harrow Arts Centre. Lovely to hear Robert acclaim Denys’ album, Let Freedom Ring! (Dune Records, DUNECD010) as ‘one of the most eloquent statements to have come out of British jazz in years’. We agree! It is an extraordinary, very special piece of music that has become a modern-day jazz classic.

Just a couple more days left to catch the interview on the BBC iPlayer. Click here, then scroll through to 02:34:22. Enjoy!

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King

Through music we remember Martin Luther King, his words and the movements of peace and equality that he stood for.

Some shots from Now Is The Time…Let Freedom Ring at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank last month:

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Look exciting? Theres still time!

And if you missed the gig last month – we’re still on tour and will be at the Harrow Arts Centre on November 21st with Denys Baptiste, the full 13-piece band (as seen above) and the stirring voices of Lemn Sissay and Ben Okri delivering poetry which not only underlines Yeast Culture’s archival Civil Rights footage, but also incites a united sense of social change among audience and performer alike. Tickets are now on sale for just £15!

Now is the time…

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If you missed us last weekend….

We’ll be at  Harrow Arts Centre on  21 November with the wonderful, specially created Harrow Community Gospel Choir. Hope to see you there!

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4 stars review for Denys Baptiste: NOW IS THE TIME…LET FREEDOM RING!

Denys Baptiste - Now Is The Time...Let Freedom Ring @ QEHAnd here’s a very nice 4-stars review from the Financial Times:

An 80-voice choir and a string quartet served notice of the ambitions of saxophonist Denys Baptiste’s reworked celebration of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech….Read on

Exclusive teaser from Now Is The Time… Let Freedom Ring!

Watch exclusive clips of poet Lemn Sissay’s ‘Civilize You’ and live music from Denys Baptiste’s touring jazz performance Now Is The Time…Let Freedom Ring! in SOUTHAMPTON Friday 25th, then coming to London 26th and to Harrow in November!

Click HERE for festival dates.

Edinburgh review: ‘Ambitious, heart-rending, spine-tingling, exquisite, moving…powerful stuff indeed’

Another review just in of Now Is The Time…Let Freedom Ring!, this time from Rhythmaning who saw the concert at Usher Hall in bonny Edinburgh.  Clearly, this show is having a real impact on audiences ‘Ambitious…heart-rending…spine-tingling…exquisite…moving…powerful stuff indeed’. This is a MUST-SEE show!!

Read the full review here…

Hear the phenomenal Love Music Community Choir singing with the orchestra:

We can’t wait to be at Turner Sims Concert Hall in Southampton on the 25th!

A Concert of Deep Social Significance

“This was a concert of deep social significance…a masterful merge of composition and soloists which may ultimately be comparable with the extended works of Ellington, Mingus or Gil Evans.” – Lance at bebop spoken here

A wonderful review by Bepop Spoken Here of Denys Baptiste’s wonderful Now Is The Time…Let Freedom Ring! concert at Sage Gateshead –  click for the full interview. Four generations of Tomorrow’s Warriors appear in this fabulous band – testament to its impact and significant legacy over the past 22 years. After kicking-off the tour in Gateshead we’re moving to Usher Hall in Edinburgh – Tickets still available so don’t miss out! See you there tonight!

Dr Martin Luther King