The Gospel Singalong Concert held in the St John the Baptist Anglican Church Parish Hall on November 2 was very much enjoyed by the audience who certainly showed their appreciation. One lady gave it high praise indeed when she described it as; “A concert to end all concerts.”
Following a welcome and prayer by master of ceremonies John Hudson, the program opened with a performance by the ‘ Gospel Rake n’ Scrapers’. This unique group consisting of violin (Jennifer Hudson), guitar (Avery Thompson), saw (Maisie Moss) and the very lively Viola Johnson on grater made its debut performance as a group and was a real hit with the audience. They opened and closed the program with a selection of rousing old-time gospel favourites to which the audience sang their hearts out.
A selection of beautiful solos was rendered by Kelia McKinney, Nikia Turner and Esther Bethel, Ronell Escarment and Basil Been. Ronell is a 14-year-old student of Every Child Counts School who won first place in his class in the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival and he sang a moving rendition of the well-known song ‘You Raise Me Up’. Mr. Been was also the winner of his class in the National Arts Festival and most people are familiar with his rich, deep bass voice.
Mr. Been was joined by Gentry Morris for a very stirring and inspirational duet. They were also joined by Marvin Green to sing a couple of lively selections as the ever popular ‘Jes’Us’ group. ‘But for Grace’, an eight-member group attached to the Seventh-Day Adventists Church, sang some very expressive and meaningful selections.
The instrumental duet of violin and accordion (Barbara Sinclair) performed the well-loved hymns ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘How Great Thou Art’ which the audience felt moved to join in. This very joyful program closed with more audience participation accompanied by the Gospel Rake n’ Scrapers.
An offertory was taken to assist in the completion of the Kirk of the Pines Presbyterian Church during which Mr. Rod Hall played keyboard selections. Refreshments donated by church members and well-wishers were on sale to help boost funds. The Kirk of the Pines would like to thank all those who participated and assisted in any way.