In February 2018 we will be launching Fire Choir, led by award-winning folk singer and Foundling Fellow Sam Lee, in partnership with The Nest Collective.
This new, ‘open to all’ community choir is dedicated to revitalising communal singing with political empowerment and a sonorous means to protest at its heart. Highlighting social and environmental injustice, Fire Choir builds on the Museum’s centuries-old legacy of social change, campaigning and creativity. Singers will tap into the enormous and ancient international repertoire of songs rooted in social change, justice and emancipation. Material will include folk songs, modern songs, anti-war songs, songs of resistance and struggle, the natural world, songs of love and lost worlds. There will also be a generous aspect of the repertoire specially-commissioned for Fire Choir from the perspective of contemporary communities struggling for a louder voice in society, written by some of the UK’s best songwriters and composers. And to keep the spirits high there will of course be lots of good old rabble-rousing, soul-lifting chants and hollers!
Fire Choir is Sam Lee’s Foundling Fellowship project. Each Fellow devises a project that animates the relationship between philanthropy, creativity and children’s welfare, inspired by the principles of the great founding figures of the original Foundling Hospital – philanthropist Thomas Coram, composer George Frideric Handel and artist William Hogarth.
Singer and song collector Sam Lee’s repertoire is steeped in folklore and history and inspired by the natural world. With a rich and resonant voice, he is the driving force behind the eclectic, award-winning folk club The Nest Collective, which has brought traditional music to all kinds of new stages and venues as well as engaging new and often younger audiences. As founder of a burgeoning song collectors’ movement, he has helped to inspire a new generation of performers to draw on living source singers, rather than just books and records.
For details of how to join please visit the Fire Choir page.