Singing in the Spirit – Dr Kathy Bullock

22 Nov 2020 / Online


Date: 22 Nov 2020

Cost: £15 per session, £25 for both sessions

Details: 7 - 8.45pm

Location: Zoom



Run by: Fran Andre

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Hello everyone ❤
It’s Black History month! In honour of this and to deeply enrich all of our practices’ I have managed to persuade the wonderful Dr Kathy Bullock (US Gospel music expert) to share her knowledge and wisdom on the history and context of early spirituals up to the music of the civil rights era in two Zoom sessions (1st & 22nd Nov). Recently, as some of you already know, I have felt a fire in my belly growing for anti-racism work, and racial unity work (my newly created term!).
As part of this I feel a renewed commitment as a choir leader to play as full part as I can to deeply honour the Black music that I teach in my sessions, which is mainly Gospel and African music. Kathy’s session will give us the background and history we need to really properly contextualise songs of Black origin for our singers, so we can play our part in fully honouring the people, the suffering they endured, and the courage and testament to the power of the human heart and spirit, which comes out so strongly through this music that we and our singers get so much pleasure from.
I would be delighted if you would attend alongside me, and also pass onto your choir members. These sessions are for choir leaders, choir singers, and everyone and anyone else who would like to learn more about the roots of this deeply moving music. I look forward to seeing you there if this calls you!
Fran xx


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Singing in the Spirit: Music of the Civil Rights Movement

Sunday 22nd November 7 – 8.45pm

In this program we will explore music of African Americans used during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950-70s in the United States. Singing the Civil Rights songs, and sharing the context out of which they emerged, we will note the challenges, the victories and the ongoing struggle for civil rights, indeed for human rights. It’s a universal theme, and together we will share the uplifting and transformative power of this music as we all move forward.

Dr Kathy Bullock PhD Biography

Dr. Kathy Bullock is Professor Emeritus of music at Berea College, Berea, Kentucky where she worked for almost 30 years. She is also currently an Adjunct Professor of Music at University of Kentucky, School of Music. Having earned the PhD and MA in Music Theory from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and a BA in Music from Brandeis University, MA, her work has included teaching music and general studies courses, directing the college gospel choir, designing and implementing international courses in West Africa and the Carribbean. Dr. Bullock is now performing and conducting workshops in African American Sacred Music throughout the United States, Europe and Africa, sharing hope and joy during these challenging times.