Classic Album Sundays was founded by DJ/journalist/radio host Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy in 2010 as a challenge to the way we listen to music in the 21st century. Since then it has become the world’s most popular listening event and tells the stories behind the albums that have shaped our culture and in some cases, our lives.
In a special edition for Spitalfields Music Festival, composer, alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch sits down to discuss – and listen to – a selection of tracks that have influenced his work. The track-list traverses the worlds of jazz and classical, considering themes of mythology and jingoism embedded within the music, playing and discussing works by Scott Joplin, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Frederick Delius, Gustav Holst and more.
A two-time MOBO award-winner and Mercury Prize nominee, Soweto is one of the most versatile voices in the both the British jazz and hip hop scenes, performing worldwide. He is also a TV and radio broadcaster, while his albums have been inspired by topics including the international race riots of 1919, an aspiring rapper possessed by each of the seven deadly sins, bird song and cymatic patterns.
Christopher Wren’s St Anne & St Agnes Church, a stone’s throw from St Paul’s, provides the stage.
Classic Album Sundays immerses the listener into the music with an audiophile sound system. For this special event, they will be supported by Danley Distribution. Danley’s unique, patented loudspeaker technology reaches the hearts and ears of every audience member and with fewer speakers, better sightlines and more control. Pure, unadulterated audio moves an audience like nothing else and that’s exactly what Danley and Classic Album Sundays do.