Tony Biggin is a musician and prolific composer. He is composer
of two major choral works that have been performed at a number of Quaker
gatherings in the UK and US. "The Gates of Greenham" on the women's peace encampment at Greenham Common was performed at the Royal Festival Hall in London in 1985. "The Fire and the Hammer" on the life & work of George Fox was performed at New England YM in 2011 and FGC Gathering in 2012. He is the director of the East Sussex Music Service. See Tony's website: tonybiggin.com
The Leaveners (to quote from their website) "is the Quaker Performing Arts Organisation for the Religious Society of Friends in Britain. It was formed by a group of enthusiastic Friends, involved in the arts, who wanted to use their experience of the creative arts as a way of expressing their Quaker faith and values" - and has been doing so wonderfully since 1978! Their projects include Quaker youth theater, writing and performing Quaker cantatas, publishing songbooks and a drama project designed to integrate deaf and hearing young people. You can contact them at leaveners.org
John Sheldon of Warwick (England) Meeting is a classically trained musician and choral leader who has been encouraging spirit-led group singing among British Friends for many years. He was the editor of the 1981 Quaker Song Book and the 2005 Sing in the Spirit: A Book of Quaker Songs. (You can order this collection from Quaker Books.) He has led choral workshops at FGC Annual Gatherings. He's directing a performance of The Fire & the Hammer (based on the life of George Fox) at the 2011 annual sessions of New England YM. You can contact him at John's email.
Donald Swann (1923-1994) became a Quaker in England during World War II. He was a conscientious objector and served with the Friends Ambulance Unit in Egypt, Palestine and Greece. He joined forces with Michael Flanders to form the popular musical duo, Flanders & Swann, best known for their albums, "At the Drop of a Hat" and "At the Drop of Another Hat". Donald also wrote a number of sacred works and came to Pendle Hill several times as artist in residence. His website at donaldswann.co.uk has detailed information on his published music, recordings & life.
UPCOMING EVENTS & WORKSHOPS with Annie & PeterFriday, May 17th - Wakefield MA
. Singalong Concert 7:30 pm, celebrating bicentennial of Wakefield Unitarian-Universalist Church
. For more info contact Rev. Maddie Sifantus
Tuesday, 21 May - Copenhagen Denmark
. Folk concert 20.30 (8:30 pm) at Tjili Pop
cafe, Rantzausgade 28, phone: 35 35 90 20. June 21-26 - Deerfield MA.
Quaker Spring, being held at Woolman Hill
. Details at www.quakerspring.org
See also website for 2 swing bands Annie sings with:
GIRLS FROM MARS and The O-TONESSat, Feb 15 - Cambridge MA.
West Cambridge Youth Center, 680 Huron Ave, (2nd floor) Fresh Pond. 8pm lessons, 9pm dance. Info Olaf Block
. WFCR interview
with Peter and Annie. Hear us talk about sing-alongs and the origins
of Rise Up Singing with live performances of several favorite songs
promoting efforts to secure a Nobel Peace Prize for legendary folk singer & environmental & peace activist, Pete Seeger. A new edition of Seeger's autobiography (which Peter edited) is coming out this spring.
There are some great quotes from Pete on the power of group singing in the recent New York Times article on community sings around the country, many of which use Rise Up Singing.