Ignatius Sancho was born aboard a slave ship in about 1729 and brought to England when he was two. Under the patronage of members of the Montagu Family, he was able to receive an education not enjoyed by his fellow slaves and later became a respected man of letters and a composer of some worth.

Through his contacts he met with many of the key figures of his day, including Laurence Sterne (with whom he corresponded at length), David Garrick and Catherine Hyde, the Duchess of Queensbury. A more detailed biography can be found here

Sancho was the first known black person to vote in a Parliamentry Election and the first African to have an obituary in England.

He died in 1780

Click on the titles below to hear mp3's of Sancho's music.

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Thanks to the Museum of Richmond and especially to Valerie Boyes for her encouragement in including Sancho's music as part of their Trading in Human Lives; The Richmond Connection exhibition held from March 21st - July 29th 2007. Visit the museum's website here

 

Words on a Memorial Plaque,

Elmina Castle, Cape Coast Castle, Ghana

 
 IN EVERLASTING MEMORY
OF THE ANGUISH OF OUR ANCESTORS
MAY THOSE WHO DIED REST IN PEACE
MAY THOSE WHO RETURN FIND THEIR ROOTS
MAY HUMANITY NEVER AGAIN PERPETRATE
SUCH INJUSTICE AGAINST HUMANITY
WE, THE LIVING, VOW TO UPHOLD THIS
 
Sweetest Bard.mp3 Sweetest Bard.mp3
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Bushy Park.mp3 Bushy Park.mp3
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The Carravan.mp3 The Carravan.mp3
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The Duchess of Devonshire's Reel.mp3 The Duchess of Devonshire's Reel.mp3
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Friendship Source of Joy.mp3 Friendship Source of Joy.mp3
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Kate of Aberdeen.mp3 Kate of Aberdeen.mp3
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Kew Gardens.mp3 Kew Gardens.mp3
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Les Contes.mp3 Les Contes.mp3
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La Loge de Richmont.mp3 La Loge de Richmont.mp3
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Lady Mary Montague's Reel.mp3 Lady Mary Montague's Reel.mp3
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Minuet 1.mp3 Minuet 1.mp3
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Minuet 4.mp3 Minuet 4.mp3
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Some of these performances also form part of Westminster Council's events to mark the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade. Visit them here

The BBC have also produced an excellent website here

The BBC are also running a series of programmes on Radio 4 entitled My Alter Ego which airs on Monday 2nd March 2009 at 3.45 . These arrangements of Sancho's music will be used in this programme.

Links to other sites created by Paul Freeman

My original compositions click here

You may also like to visit Amemptos who have recorded my composition I Wonder as I Wander part of their CD Excelsior. To see this and all their other recordings, go here

The first 2001 digits of Phi and Pi set to music: here

Vexations by Eric Satie - Complete performance; over 24 hours long! here

A short essay on the importance of numerology in Stravinsky's In Memoriam Dylan Thomas: here

Walton Summit, a poem inspired by the beauty of Clent Hills in Worcestershire: here

**NEW** Chorium. The High I.Q. Society for Musicians: CLICK HERE

If you would like information regarding anything on this site, or if you would like to use any of the recordings of Sancho's music, please contact me, Paul Freeman, here