Following on from a popular run in the summer, Ballads from Bunker Island returns to the Jersey Arts Centre programme for two extraordinary performances this autumn.
Join internationally acclaimed singer and scholar Dr Adam Perchard and virtuoso violinist Alexander Lee-Briard on an hour-long journey through song – across Europe, North Africa, and the former Soviet Union – as they unpick the complex histories of the thousands of people brought to Jersey as slave workers and forced workers during the Second World War.
This haunting and informative piece bears witness to the darknesses they faced, but also to luminous acts of kindness and courage. Featuring songs from their homelands – sung in their mother tongues – about laughter as well as despair, springtime as well as sadness, Ballads from Bunker Island remembers Jersey’s slave workers as complex human beings who suffered, but also triumphed.
“Perchard makes song and sentiment throb with emotion” The Guardian
“Hard not to fall in love with” The Telegraph
“Hugely talented” The Times