Following the blistering success of their debut concert at Holy Trinity, Beckenham last summer, FUNdamentally GOSPEL returned to the stunning church for this year’s sizzler of a show in aid of Community Music In Action on Saturday 2nd July. It marked the choir’s last concert under the leadership of Fiona Bolton and the venue was packed to the rafters in honour of the poignant performance.
Enjoying a comfortably cooler climate, the show opened with the lively gospel number How I Got Over featuring Juliette Hall, a relative newcomer to the choir and one of several singers set to perform their first solo with the choir. The enthusiastic audience were then invited to participate in a call-and-response number, No One Else by Smokie Norful, before being treated to a suite of a cappella songs from Africa displaying the ensemble’s luscious harmonies. The choir’s funky backing band of Ed Gray (keys), Sunil Chandy (bass) and Rod Rands-Webb (drums) then took to the fore in a rousing performance of He Lives In You from The Lion King, the only song to feature in both the choir’s first ever performance back in March 2010 and tonight’s concert. The beautiful ballad, Worth by Anthony Brown featuring FUNdamentally GOSPEL founding member Sarah Archard, and the Take That classic Never Forget brought the first half to a close.
The audience bolstered the funds raised for CMIA by feasting on drinks and cakes during the interval but it was clear their appetite had really been whetted for some more great music and the choir continued to entertain with their trademark uplifting mix of pop, soul, gospel and world music. Helen Lolljee, Becca Ford and Polly Powell delighted with a close harmony trio feature in the gospel swing number Operator by The Manhattan Transfer and Sarah Bolter, another founding member of the choir, brought a tear to the eye with her beautiful solo in Martha Munizzi’s ballad I Will Always, a long-standing favourite of the choir.
Roof-raising Joyful Joyful, You Can’t Stop The Beat and I Wanna Dance With Somebody brought the audience to their feet as the choir reached their climatic finale. An emotional tribute to Musical Director Fiona was made and an encore demanded before the audience, toes still tapping, made their way home, thoroughly entertained. A truly vibrant evening of music making had been enjoyed by all.
A total of £660 was raised for CMIA, sealing the success of the night. The money will be used to run music projects for disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the London Borough of Bromley.
On the 5th December local Beckenham choir FUNdamentally GOSPEL joined forces with SingingNation to present a sparkly mix of pop, soul, gospel and world music, in their joint winter concert.
The event took place in Pamoja Hall; a superb purpose-built concert hall at Sevenoaks School. The two choirs brought in a lively and engaging audience, which contributed to the great energy of the evening. In total, the concert raised a whopping £1000 for Community Music in Action.
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FUNdamentally GOSPEL are to join forces with SingingNation to present an uplifting mix of pop, soul, gospel and world music with a dose of festive sparkle in aid of Community Music In Action.
With repertoire ranging from James Bay to Mariah Carey via Kirk Franklin and Matt Redman, plus a healthy dose of Christmas cheer, it promises to be our best event yet, and we very much hope you will be able to join us for a lively evening of soul-stirring music-making, in a stunning new venue!
In just over a week’s time local choir FUNdamentally GOSPEL (whose members started Community Music in Action), will be joining forces with Bromley Salvation Army to present a ‘Gospel Christmas Extravaganza’, which will take place on Sunday 14th December (5pm) at the swanky new Langley Park Centre for Performing Arts, located in the grounds of Langley Park School for Boys.
It will be our biggest concert to date and promises to be a thoroughly Christmassy affair, helping you to get into the festive spirit!
Tickets are £5 per person and you need to PRE-BOOK by calling 020 8464 4743. They are selling out fast so book NOW to avoid missing out. All proceeds will go to CMIA.
Last Wednesday 16 July FUNdamentally GOSPEL held their summer concert at Christ Church Beckenham. Their uplifting mix of pop, gospel and world music drew a large crowd, and they raised a whopping £670 for Community Music in Action.
Choir member and charity trustee Sarah Richardson spoke about recent CMIA-funded projects, and highlighted our need for volunteers in our upcoming projects. If you have some time to spare and are interested in finding out more please contact Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to everyone who supported the event as a performer or audience member, and for all those working hard behind the scenes to make it such a success. It was a fantastic evening and the money raised will go a long way towards funding other brilliant music projects in our local community.
Just a reminder that FUNdamentally GOSPEL‘s much anticipated sizzling summer showdown is taking place THIS Wednesday 16th July at 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm) at Christ Church Beckenham, Fairfield Road, Beckenham, BR3 3LE.
That’s right, they’re going back to where it all began. It’s a stone’s throw from Beckenham Junction/Clock House stations with plenty of parking on hand too so there’s no excuse not to come revel in their uplifting mix of pop, soul, gospel and world music. Expect everything from soul classics to Sister Act via Sam Smith and Emeli Sande. There’ll be some Kirk Franklin and Vashawn Mitchell too for all you gospel groover geeks.
Entry is by donation with all profits going to Community Music In Action.
Launched in January 2010, FUNdamentally GOSPEL is an exciting choir for residents of Beckenham and the local area, providing them with the opportunity to sing as a community whilst having lots of fun! Open to any adult with a passion for singing, regardless of experience, the choir rehearses on a weekly basis in central Beckenham. New members are always welcome. Please email email@example.com for more info.
Local Beckenham choir FUNdamentally GOSPEL (whose members set up Community Music in Action), took part in some informal ‘busking’ at the Princess Royal University Hospital in Locks Bottom last Saturday.
They performed their current repertoire in the foyer of the hospital, spreading cheer and happiness to those visiting. It was a great success and we ended up raising £212.29 for the hospital. Not bad for an afternoon’s singing!