Concert of English and American connections


Concert to highlight the links between Abraham Lincoln and the Parish of Hingham

The small market town of Hingham in the depths of Norfolk has had links to the USA since the earliest days of the American colonisation. It played a major role in the history of the USA, with links to pioneers of all kinds, from Governors to Presidents.

In the 1630s about 200 of the inhabitants of Hingham left for the almost unknown world of America. They landed in Massachusetts just outside Boston, at Bare Cove which, the next year they renamed Hingham.

Among them was a young man called Samuel Lincoln. He was the 4th Great Grandfather of President Abraham Lincoln.

This year marks the centenary of the American Ambassador, John Davis, unveiling the bust of Abraham Lincoln which sits proudly in St Andrew’s Church Hingham, the very church in which Samuel Lincoln was baptised on the 24th August 1622.

To celebrate this the AST will be performing a concert on Saturday 14th September in St Andrew’s Church Hingham. It will feature English and American connections to highlight the links between Abraham Lincoln and the Parish of Hingham.

The concert begins by setting the scene in the English countryside with Vaughan Williams and Butterworth before crossing the pond for Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 . Rachmaninov emigrated to America and gave his last recital in Knoxville. Saint-Saens toured the USA to great acclaim, so the concert will conclude with his second symphony.

For this concert, we are joined by the Canadian soprano Catherine May and her husband, conductor Matthew Andrews. Both these artists are well known to Norwich Phil audiences and we are delighted to be working with them both again.

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