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Seven Kings church starts new gospel choir

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 September 2016

Rev Christine Powell, bottom second right, and Fola Phillip bottom right, with members of community who came togethe for a gospel singing workshop.

Rev Christine Powell, bottom second right, and Fola Phillip bottom right, with members of community who came togethe for a gospel singing workshop.

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Members of a church raised the roof with their colourful singing at a gospel-singing workshop on Thursday.

Rev Christine Powell of the Seven Kings United Free Church, Norfolk Road, Seven Kings, began a five-month search for a gospel choir leader in April.

Fola Phillip, a music teacher for more than 20 years and founder of the popular Reggae Choir which performed at the One Love Festival in Hainault earlier this month, came to the rescue.

Speaking after the event, Rev Powell said: “I loved it. I done it all wrong but I love singing and its already doing what I wanted it do.

“I wanted people to have fun and join in some community singing.”

More than 18 people turned up for the introductory workshop and sang Bill Wither’s hit, Lovely Day and spiritual song Wade in the Water.

Ms Phillips had arranged the group into altos, sopranos and tenors

She added: “There are lots of well-being benefits to it [choir singing] as well as the social aspects.

“It is fun. Turn up, have a sing song and hold on for dear life. Leave your worries at the door and focus on what you enjoy doing.”

The session, kick-started a 10-week gospel choir workshop which starts on Thursday, October 6 at 7pm at the church.

Each class is open to all members of the community and costs £4 per session and £3 for concessions.

For more information email Rev Powell at chrispowell61@hotmail.co.uk or call 02085903288


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