Playing tracks by
Joji Hirota, Piers Faccini, Shirley Smart, Salif Keita, Ian A. Anderson and more.
Shirley Thompson is a Professor of Music and the ONLY woman composer in Europe to have written & conducted a symphony in the last forty years.
For her recent production, ‘Women of Windrush’ at Kings Place, Shirley assembled a super-shero cast including soprano Nadine Benjamin, Lovers Rock queen Carroll Thompson and poet Zena Edwards. It takes a remarkable woman to even be noticed in the Reggae or Classical Music worlds, and is still incredible for someone of colour to be accepted at lofty high tables of non-inclusion. While Shirley Thompson has been commissioned to celebrate Black British heritage, our government is deporting some of its most cherished citizens. If you understand the second generation UK migrant experience, I defy you not to feel enormous empathy and pride in what Shirley does. The University of the West Indies has just recognised her achievements with an honorary doctorate - it’s high time that the British establishment honoured her too.