York City Gospel Choir to perform at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre
Saturday 31 January 2015, 7.30pm
The uplifting and inspiring music of York City Gospel Choir are set to raise the art deco roof at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Haxby Road, York, on Saturday 31 January 2015 – a major event in the volunteer-run theatre’s fundraising calendar.
The concert will feature gospel favourites such as ‘O Happy Day’, a special arrangement of the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ and songs by gospel greats such as Kirk Franklin, Richard Smallwood and others.
“A key part of the choir's ethos is to support charity and community organisations in York, and we do this by offering our services free of charge to these organisations. The Joseph Rowntree Theatre offers a fantastic high quality resource for the community, and as an artistic group, as well as being residents, we are keen to offer our support in ensuring the long term sustainability of the great service they provide,” says Musical Director, Kofi Mensah.
The Joseph Rowntree Theatre has been run by a charity, staffed entirely by volunteers, for the last 15 years, and has done so very successfully without requiring council or government funding – no mean feat for a provincial arts organisation.
“We’re absolutely delighted that the York City Gospel Choir will be helping us to raise funds to keep the theatre running, and hope that many local people turn out to support this wonderful group of York-based musicians when they take the stage on the 31st of January,” comments managing director, Dan Shrimpton, who himself secured the accolade of Volunteer of the Year at the York Community Pride Awards 2014.
Past fundraising initiatives have enabled the group of volunteers who run the theatre not only to keep it open, but also to improve many of the facilities within the theatre itself. The art deco theatre has been updated to include some of the most comfortable seating – with the most legroom – of any theatre in the city, and more recently, the external lighting scheme and signage has been updated to give the theatre a more obvious presence on Haxby Road.
“This is a community theatre in every sense of the word: established 80 years ago by the Rowntree family for the benefit of the local community, and today it continues to serve the people of York thanks to the huge time commitment of a group of dedicated volunteers,” adds Dan. “It is one of the most popular venues in the city for our local amateur performers to stage their productions, and increasingly used by touring professional companies and musicians, who often comment on what a fantastic facility the theatre is.”
Tickets for the York City Gospel Choir Concert at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre are available online from the theatre’s website, www.jrtheatre.co.uk, or by calling 01904 639117.
Pictures show: Kofi and Heather Mensah of York City Gospel Choir prepare for their concert at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre.
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