Rehearsals began last Friday for the newly formed Community Gospel Choir in preparation for the Christmas Concerts at The Central Theatre on 28 November.
Having initially been welcomed by Major Drew McCombe over 60 eager singers, many of whom were at The Salvation Army for the first time, crammed into the rehearsal space available. Slightly inconvenienced by the building works currently being undertaken the choir, under the direction of Wesley Carroll, began work in earnest, keen to show that not only the BBC can produce a good Community Choir!
Wesley has extensive experience in choral work and gives of his skills freely as a Salvationist music leader. Click here to read more about Wesley and to book your seats for the concerts.
A time of ‘getting to know you’ was shared over tea and coffee before the group undertook more rehearsal of the song ‘Regeneration’.
Cecelia Sorrenti, Sally Allum, Barbara Clark and John Winfield were all very excited about the prospect of singing at The Central Theatre. Cecelia said ‘this is a liberating experience, especially after a week at work’, Sallly confessed ‘I’ve always talked about being part of a Gospel Choir and it seems like a great experience’, Barbara ‘had a wonderful evening’ and felt Wesley ‘got so much out of everyone’, whilst John said ‘I’m enjoying it – its great fun’.
We anticipate more new singers at the next rehearsal when some still on holiday will be joining us. The rehearsals will continue at regular intervals between now and 28 November when two performances will take place, at 3pm and 7pm. Other Salvation Army music groups will also be taking part and the concert will be compered by Majors Drew and Beverley McCombe, the local Salvation Army leaders. Make sure you have your tickets by clicking the link above.