Children’s choir festival celebrates 7th year
Children’s choir festival celebrates 7th year U Sing We Sing, the music programme started by John Fisher to teach choir singing to young pupils, recently celebrated its 7th anniversary with its annual concert at Fairfield Halls, Croydon. A 550-strong children’s choir, directed by John, performed a number of inspirational and gospel numbers to 1,000 people. Other artistes, who participated at this unique event, included teenager rapper J Vessel, Lawrence Rowe, The Shaback Dancers, IDMC, and Magic FM DJ Angie Greaves, who led a special tribute to Nelson Mandela.
John Fisher, founder of U Sing We Sing and director of IDMC, is rightly proud of the project’s achievements. He told Keep The Faith, “We started in one school seven years ago. To date, we have had over 4,000 children come through our music programmes, with the aim of inspiring children to be the best they can be, by mentoring them through our programmes, and also introducing a new generation each year to gospel and inspirational music.”
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Midnight Oil 2013
Now in its 7th year, Midnight Oil, the youth conference founded by youth role model, Seth Pinnock, upped the ante for its 2013 event.
There was much for delegates to enjoy during Midnight Oil 2013, which was held in the heart of Britain’s second city – Birmingham. Highlights included Jeff Lestz, co-founder of financial services company, Genistar, sharing his story at a reception for young movers and shakers; international rugby player, Ugo Monye, giving his testimony at a service held on the second day and, of course, there were great moments captured on film during the debut live recording of Seth and A New Thing (ANT) at the historic Symphony Hall. The gospel duo were joined by gospel music stalwarts Mark Beswick, Noel Robinson, Deborah Oluyemi and Bishop Wayne Brown for an evening of great spiritual upliftment and inspiration.
The organisers refused to let an EDF march, held earlier in the day, dampen their spirits. Seth & ANT’s CD and DVD are scheduled to be released in 2014. Visit www.godsbride.org.uk for more details.
‘A Dream Across The Ocean’ celebrates Windrush Legacy
A packed audience poured into the Hackney Empire, east London, to watch gospel musical, A Dream Across The Ocean.
This entertaining stage play, written by Marcia Samuels and produced by The Churchboyz, gave an insight into the lives of Caribbeans who immigrated to the UK during the 1950s and ‘60s. Their experiences were told through the life of Jamaican Winston Morgan, a young man who left behind his wife and family to build a new life in Britain.
The play chronicled Winston’s life, and the audience was able to get a sense of what life must have been like for the Windrush Generation through the friendships Winston made – some across racial divides; the pressures and temptations he went through, and the challenges he experienced as a husband, a father and a pastor.
A Dream Across The Ocean contained the right balance of seriousness, sentiment and humour to tell the story of Caribbean migration to the UK, and some great performances. And, to top it all, it had a wonderful gospel musical score. Let’s pray that it gets to be staged across the UK, because it’s a production people need to see. For more details visit www.adreamacrosstheocean.com