Choir’s new album inspired by Emily

Emily Inspires! day in Morpeth.' Werca's Folk. Ref:JCMH 150613emily42
Emily Inspires! day in Morpeth.' Werca's Folk. Ref:JCMH 150613emily42

THE legacy of Northumberland Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison continues as she inspires a new album.

Last year, Morpeth marked the centenary of the death of the campaigner, who died after colliding with the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby, in a series of Emily Inspires events.

Women’s choir Werca’s Folk played a major role in the commemorations and its Director Sandra Kerr wrote a new song, Emily Inspires Us Yet, for the occasion.

The performances were such a hit that the group has now recorded a Sing Emily Sing Liberty album, featuring songs about women’s suffrage, new material and historical repertoire.

It has been part-funded by Emily’s family members Geoffrey Davison and Christine Telford, as well as Northumberland County Council and councillors Joan and Andrew Tebbutt.

Ms Kerr said: “I am very proud of the album. The singers have really pulled the stops out, because some of the arrangements are very challenging. We have had a very intense period of work, but it has been a lot of fun and I am very pleased with the result.”

The CD will be launched in the run-up to International Women’s Day at St Mary’s Church, where Emily is buried, on Thursday, March 6, at 7.30pm.

There will be a feast of song, music and dance, as well as the four-woman band Sisters Unlimited.

Tickets cost £8, £6 concessions, from Morpeth Chantry, or on the door.

• The choir is also performing tonight at St George’s United Reformed Church in aid of Henry Dancer Days. The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £8, £6 concessions, from Morpeth Chantry.