Dame Shirley J Thompson: Women of Windrush

Fri 21 July 2023

An opera for Soprano, Piano and Film

Through mesmerising instrumental music and song, multi-award-winning composer Shirley J Thompson’s opera, Women of the Windrush, portrays inspirational narratives from the lives of a variety of women who travelled to the UK from the West Indies (1940s – 1960s).

Archive film and video projection interweave compelling
stories from a cricketer’s wife, a student nurse, a concert pianist and a new bride, who all relate their experiences of arriving and settling in England. Charismatic and versatile lyric soprano, Nadine Benjamin, embodies the essence of the settlers’ experiences in this operatic re- imagining of Shirley J Thompson’s original film, Memories in Mind (1992).

‘A gripping work…celebrating human community and resilience’Opera Magazine

‘Excellently performed, mind-stretching (music)…there are fascinating sounds aplenty’ – BBC Music Magazine

‘A pioneering, powerful and wonderfully dramatic compose’ – BBC Radio 3

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