Hampton Baptist Church invites public to take A Musical Journey –Minister of Music discusses evolution of Spirituals and Gospel Music July 28–

July 12, 2019

(Hampton, VA) Dr. Roy L. Belfield Jr., Minister of Music and Organist at Hampton Baptist Church, outlines the origins of African-American Spirituals and Gospel Music in “A Musical Journey: Spirituals & Gospel Music” on July 28, 2019. The 6 pm program hosted by Hampton Baptist Church in partnership with the Hampton 2019 Commemorative Commission is free and open to the public. 

“Special attention will be given to the spirituals I learned as a child growing up in Chesterfield County, Virginia,” said Dr. Belfield. “I will discuss the development, influences, and performance practices of each style.  Belfield will also provide ideas for the sustained use of spirituals and gospel music in the worship service.   The audience will have many opportunities to sing!”  Dr. Belfield has made Hampton and its surrounding cities home following extensive study that earned him a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Morehouse College, Master of Music Education and Master of Music in Organ from Florida State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ from University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music. 

Hampton Baptist Church is located at 40 Kings Way in downtown Hampton. For additional information on the program, please call 757-723-0707. Hampton Baptist Church, the oldest Baptist church in Hampton, has a long history of ministry to the people of the Virginia Peninsula.  Organized in 1791 during George Washington’s first term, its sanctuary was built in 1883. 

A Musical Journey is one in a series of programs, events, and exhibits presented by the Hampton 2019 Commemorative Commission that serve to engage residents and visitors in learning about the critical 1619 turning point in our nation’s history. The 400-year anniversary of the first recorded African landing in English occupied North America at Point Comfort serves as an opportunity for reflection and education.

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