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Darren Hayman to record at William Morris Gallery

Cult singer-songwriter Darren Hayman is to record an album of politically-charged songs featuring lyrics by 19th designer and socialist William Morris.

Parts of the album will be recorded in Morris’s childhood home – now the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow – with an amateur choir drawn from the local area.

For a year Hayman has been setting Morris’s Chants for Socialists, first published in 1885, to new tunes and arrangements. The lyrics were intended by Morris to be sung to popular tunes of the time to promote his radical socialism.

The recording session, which will be led by Hayman, will take place a 7pm on Wednesday 28 May on the Gallery’s first floor landing.

Hayman said: “As soon as I was aware of the Chants for Socialist lyrics I knew that I wanted to record inside the William Morris Gallery with a large group of singers.

“These songs are about fellowship and inclusion. I want people to come to the William Morris Gallery and sing loud and proud.”

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