‘Sing Freedom – a story with songs of liberation’ – Frances Bernstein and Free Range choir

Leeds University Centre for African Studies are very proud to be able to offer a rare chance to see this special show: ‘Sing Freedom – a story with songs of liberation’, a personal story told by Leeds Free Range choir leader Frances Bernstein, set against the background of apartheid South Africa and the trial of Nelson Mandela.


A personal story told by Leeds choir leader Frances Bernstein, with songs of liberation.

When her father Rusty Bernstein, an ANC activist, was arrested and tried alongside Mandela and six other men, the life of his family changed forever. Their privileged white existence was replaced by prison, flight and exile.

In Sing Freedom, Frances draws a graphic picture of a child growing up under apartheid with parents who sided with the black majority, and the perilous growth and eventual success of the liberation movement.  Her choir Free Range accompany the story with the emotive protest songs that helped sustain the anti-apartheid struggle in its darkest times.  The drama is intense as the trial of Mandela and the other activists reaches a cliff-hanging climax.

Sing Freedom has played at the Garforth Arts Festival, Ilkley Literature Festival and a dozen other sell-out adult audiences in Leeds and Sheffield, as well as repeated performances to schools in Leeds, Paris and London.

“Absolutely brilliant”

“Songs were extremely beautiful, powerful and moving”

“A compelling and emotional story with some great music”

Tuesday 22 November, 7.30pm, Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Leeds. 12 Cavendish Rd, Leeds LS2 9JT.  The Clothworkers bar will be open from 6.30pm that evening for refreshments and there will be a last chance to catch the exhibition ‘Forward to freedom’, about the British Anti-Apartheid Movement.

Tickets – £5 / £3 (student / low waged)

To book tickets we are using an online ticket system through the University of Leeds (though if there are tickets left over we will also be selling these remaining tickets on the door) – this involves setting up a basic account with the University of Leeds but this is fairly straightforward.  To book a standard ticket for £5 please follow this link


To book a student / low waged ticket for £3 please follow this link:

If you have any queries etc please email african-studies@leeds.ac.uk