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Counterparts Music Theatre Arts Ltd is registered in England & Wales
Charity no: 1109259 / Company no: 5398076
Company address: Gresham House, Albaston, Cornwall PL18 9AB, England

Songs from a Small Train

Fifty singers and musicians perform original songs of travel and journeying, celebrating both the local Tamar Valley line and the journeying of refugees travelling from the African continent, now residing in Plymouth. In 2014 this extraordinary project, funded by FEAST, launched the Calstock Jazz & Blues Festival.

Due to its overwhelming success, selling out twice over and seen by more than 300 people in Calstock, it is now being staged at the Plymouth Barbican Theatre. Young Nigerian singer and composer Mark Samuel, and djembe player Chanda Nyerezani, whose own journeys are explored in the second half, perform with Calstock’s Big Jazz Choir under the musical directorship of Helen Porter.

Also performing are multi-instrumentalist and singer Anna Batson, who has composed songs especially for the project inspired by the refugees, and double bass player Mike Thorn.

“It was so good even I am stuck for words. The first half was excellent by any standard; the second half was in a class of its own.” (Peter Bonsey, audience member)

“Inspirational, heart warming, moving and completely fabulous!” (Andrew Sweeney, audience member)

Click here to download the premiere programme of Songs from a Small Train as performed in Calstock, October 2014.

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