Celebrated choir to raise roof for improvements to church
PUBLISHED: 12:55 03 February 2015 | UPDATED: 09:31 04 February 2015
An award-winning choir will be performing in Ilford to raise funds for a series of church projects.
The London Adventist Chorale will be at the Ilford Central Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church in Coventry Road, Ilford, on Saturday.
The choir was set up in 1981 to bring together talented singers from SDA churches across the country.
Its first artistic director, the late John Tolman, wanted the choral group to tackle a varied and challenging sacred repertoire.
Over the past 30 years, it has gone from strength to strength, taking on music in Hebrew, African-American spirituals, close harmony, Western choral music from the Renaissance through to new commissions.
The group’s principal conductor of more than two decades, Ken Burton, featured in last year’s BBC2 show The Choir: Sing While You Work.
And the singers have performed to former US President Bill Clinton, at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and BBC Proms concerts to crowds of more than 70,000 – as well as millions through television appearances.
Abena Opoku-Agyeman, from Ilford Central SDA, said the money raised would be going towards improving the former synagogue building.
“We moved into the building in November 2013,” she said.
“At the moment we are upgrading our furniture, making the worship experience more enhanced for everyone.”
The funds will go towards projects including work on the church ceiling and roof, refurbishing the kitchen and purchasing new furniture.
The church purchased the site, formerly used by Ilford Federation Synagogue, because it was out-growing its previous Ilford Lane home. An official opening ceremony took place in March last year.
Proceeds will also go to the Curative Foundation, a charity providing education in Kenya.
Entry costs £5 on the door and is free for under 5s.
To register your interest visit eventbrite.co.uk.
Doors open from 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
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