A Musical Odyssey

Connecting Children, Schools and Communities with the Mayflower 400 Commemorations

The Mayflower’s pioneering voyage 400 years ago created connections that changed the world. In 2019-20, Southampton Music Hub is creating two brand new pieces of music which connect children and communities with this huge cultural milestone for the city, whilst celebrating the life-changing power of music.

Hundreds of young musicians perform at Southampton Guildhall as part of 2019’s Celebration Event.

Hundreds of young musicians perform at Southampton Guildhall as part of 2019’s Celebration Event.

Two Epic Projects, Two Unforgettable Performances, Celebrating Countless Journeys


Symphony 400: The Voyage

Starting in September award-winning composer James Redwood will work with primary school children to collect musical ideas inspired by the Mayflower’s journey 400 years ago. After turning their words, sentences, rhythms, tunes and sounds into a brand new piece of music, over 100 talented young musicians will debut the piece at the Mayflower Theatre on Friday 6 March 2020.

Their ideas will also be remixed and reimagined by electronic music artists and producers to create exciting new pieces that will also debut at the Mayflower theatre in March.


Big Sing: The Journey

Taking songs from four new musicals commissioned by Mayflower Theatre, young singers from across the city will come together at the Mayflower Theatre on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 March to form the biggest Big Sing Southampton has ever seen.

Two Nights of Music — Not to be Missed!

On Thursday 5 and Friday 6 March 2020, Southampton Music Hub presents two momentous evenings of musical odysseys. Hosted by Soweto Kinch, the evening will feature musical performances from bands and orchestras of all different shapes and sizes from across the City of Southampton and celebrate the life-changing power of music, including, the premiers of Mayflower 400 inspired projects Big Sing: The Journey and Symphony 400: The Voyage. Tickets cost just £10 and are available now.

Supporters and Partners

This project has been kindly supported by Foyle Foundation.

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The project also is kindly supported by Mayflower Theatre

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Proudly part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations