Free outreach concerts: Sounds of Sancho’s London

A man of letters, merchant, abolitionist, theater lover, and musician, Charles Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780) made history as the first British man of African descent to vote in a general election. Sancho’s published music – including songs and dance music – testifies to his accomplishments and engagement in the arts while offering a glimpse of Black British culture in the late 18th century. 

May 7-13, Les Délices celebrates Sancho’s legacy with book discussions and community conversations around Paterson Joseph’s recent novelization of Sancho’s life and a week of FREE performances around Cleveland, culminating in the premiere of their newest SalonEra video and podcast episode, “Sancho’s Songbook.”

LD’s newest program explores the “Sounds of Sancho’s London” with music composed and published by Sancho himself as well as that of his contemporaries. Soprano Andréa Walker joins Les Délices’ ensemble of baroque oboe, violin, cello, and harpsichord for parlor songs inspired by Shakespeare, Scottish reels, country dances, popular melodies of the day by Thomas Arne, plus selections from George Frederick Handel’s famous Music for the Royal Fireworks.