Tunde Jegede selected as Mayflower 400 music commission composer, Turner Sims

  • South East
  • combined arts, music
  • Daniela Gerstmann, Joanna Roberts


Turner Sims Southampton and its project partner Southampton City Council are delighted to announce that composer and musician Tunde Jegede has been chosen to create the music for a special project as part of Southampton’s Mayflower 400 anniversary.

Tunde Jegede is a world-renowned composer, producer, cellist and kora virtuoso whose work has changed the face of classical and contemporary music in Europe and Africa. The Southampton project, which is supported by funding from Arts Council England, Southampton City Council and the University of Southampton, will see Tunde Jegede create a set of choral pieces based on pre-existing and new oral histories of Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) and migrant communities.

Southampton’s Mayflower 400 programme is focusing of the themes of journeys, migration and sanctuary. The commission will be inspired by the stories of Southampton’s migrant communities, collected through the City Archive and a new National Lottery Heritage Fund supported oral history project. The final pieces will be premiered at a performance at Turner Sims scheduled for November 2020. After the project is completed, the pieces will be rearranged by Tunde, to enable them to be made available online for free use by local choirs, as well as for schools’ use.

Speaking of his appointment Tunde Jegede said “I am honoured to have been selected as the composer for the Mayflower 400 music commission at Turner Sims. I am also very excited about working with the singers and musicians of Southampton to create this new piece and sharing my music with the city.”

Download the full press release