Randolph Matthews - Walter Tull in B Major

Douglas Way


Acclaimed vocalist Randolph Matthews and his ensemble present their latest exhilarating project, Walter Tull in B Major.

This dynamic, modern composition is centred on the heroic life of WW1 soldier Lieutenant Walter Tull; a soldier who fought during the Great War becoming not only the first British-born black army officer but also the first black officer to lead white British troops into battle.

The work is a music inspired ode dedicated to Tull’s life story, beginning with his childhood in Folkestone and success as a professional footballer right up to his courageous displays of valour in World War One.

With breath-taking vocals, the performance is a celebration of courage and one man’s resolve to live as an equal within society.

'If you get a chance to see him grab it with both hands you will come away connected and uplifted' Jumoke Fashola, LBC Radio 

'Dazzling Improvisational skills, flawless and world class' Chris Philips Jazz FM

'Check out this Jazz FM Award nominated singer, multi-instrumentalist and electronic wizard with his masterful vocals and a talented ensemble alongside. Randolph is never shy from bringing politics into his music and live shows with a focus on the fascinating story of Afro-Caribbean footballer and WW1 army officer Walter Tull here. 100 years later, Randolph also shares his own passionate story about the Windrush scandal.'

(Chris Gilvear, Jazz FM)