Sheffield folk star Nancy Kerr is part of a new music commission that will be launched in Parliament next month ahead of a UK tour.
Nancy will be joined by a handful of award-winning singer songwriters on November 16 as they unveil a sample of songs written for the Sweet Liberties project - celebrating 800 years of the pursuit of democracy - in the State Rooms of Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster.
The new musis, written in response to milestone moments that mark the passage of key pieces of legislation, will be played for MPs and representatives of the arts world, ahead of a six-date tour in England and Wales.
Sweet Liberties is the latest commission from the English Folk Dance and Song Society and Folk by The Oak. It is supported by Houses of Parliament’s 2015 anniversaries parogramme Parliament in the Making.
Nancy said: “I found myself writing songs that have been triggered by something like the Magna Carta but that directly relate to the volatile world we live in today.”
The Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP, said: “Over the past eight centuries the public and their Parliament have shaped society and changed the way we live our lives. Sweet Liberties is a creative opportunity to reflect on the democracy that we have achieved over the past 800 years and to commemorate those who fought to achieve it, through song.”