MESSENGERS Community Gospel Choir performed its Christmas Showcase Concert to a packed audience on Saturday.
The choir is made up of three groups – a children’s choir, youth choir and an adult choir. They performed a varied and uplifting programme, including gospel, soul and contemporary songs.
Julia Daintree, one of the leaders, said: “Some pieces were performed by the individual choirs and others where everyone singing together.”
The adult choir sang a newly-composed gospel song, Bridge of Flowers, Bridge of Lights, as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the Shoreham Airshow disaster in the summer.
Julia added: “Our community here in Shoreham has not forgotten the tragedy and we wanted to honour those who died as well as bring a song of hope.
“The roots and traditions of gospel songs are birthed in sorrow and hardship, but it is music which brings a message of hope in the midst of pain. The words and video of this song can be found on our website and Facebook page.”
New members are always welcome to join Messengers. The choir is inclusive, fun, friendly and truly community-focused.
Singers age between four and 82, so there is a real family feel to rehearsals and concerts.
The community gospel choir opened its doors in 2008 and has showcased the singing talents of children, teenagers and adults from Shoreham and the surrounding areas.
The choir raises money through its performances for its partner school and choir, also called Messengers, in Kittika, near Kampala in Uganda.
Rehearsals are usually held on Tuesday evenings at Shoreham Baptist Church, Western Road, Shoreham, and the choir starts back on March 1 for the new season of workshops and gigs.
All the times, dates, photos and details can be found at www.messengerschoir.org.
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