Freedom Song : When Gospel Came to the Empire

Postpone - rescheduled date will be confirmed soon
Freedom Song : When Gospel Came to the Empire Postpone - rescheduled date will be confirmed soon

We are sorry to announce that in line with UK Theatres and SOLT guidance, we have taken the decision to temporarily postpone all events in the theatre at Hackney Empire. This means that Freedom Song will no longer take place on 29 Mar. We are working with the event organiser to rearrange the show so you can enjoy it at a later date. This is obviously a very challenging time for us as an organisation and we would ask you to bear with us until we are able to confirm a rescheduled date.

The well-being and safety of our staff, customers and partners is paramount, and postponing these events is the best way to protect our community’s health. We are sure that you will understand this decision and please be assured that we will let you know the rearranged date as soon as we are possibly able to. Your tickets will be automatically transferred to this date. If you need any clarity on this please contact

We thank you for your understanding and patience; please be careful, safe and kind at this difficult time.

Freedom Song – When Gospel Came to the Empire by Harvey Brough (music) and Justin Butcher (words).

Sing it loud, sing it clear! Vox Holloway and the Hackney Empire Community Choir return to the Empire with their soulful hit show.

In 1871 a group of singers from Nashville, Tennessee, took to the road to raise money for their university. But this was no ordinary student choir. The Fisk Jubilee Singers were freed slaves. Their mission was not only to build the first black University in the Southern States after emancipation but also to fight for the right of all African Americans to be educated.

Facing down racial abuse and physical hardship, they introduced the world to plantation spirituals, ‘songs of sorrow’ never before heard in public. They toured the USA and Europe, where, incredibly, they serenaded Queen Victoria and performed in concert halls and cathedrals across Britain. They sang in Hackney and went on to thrill audiences around the world.

They remain beacons of the civil rights movement 150 years on.   In Freedom Song, two local community choirs are joined by a professional band and soloists on a musical journey which celebrates the power of music to overcome oppression and bring people from all backgrounds together.

Harold Pinter at Hackney Empire

£35 – £10  (plus £1.15 per ticket online, £1.35 per ticket over the phone)

AGE GUIDANCE: 7+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult

Running Time : Approximately 2 hours including one twenty minute interval


Cast & Creative Team

Harvey BroughDirected by
Justin Butcher Mr George White
Greg Wise Abraham Lincoln/Gladstone and others
Emily Dankworth Soprano - Soloists
Christina Gill Mezzo - Soloists
Wills Morgan Tenor - Soloists
Michael Henry Bass -Soloists
Finn Peters Sax/Flutes
Mike Outram Guitar
Liam Dunachie Piano/Hammond
Alec DankworthBass
Nic France Drums
Hackney Empire Choir director Joseph Roberts
Vox Holloway Choir director Harvey Brough
Stoke Newington School Singers

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