His­toric Coke Methodist to come alive on Oc­to­ber 9

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

THE METHODIST Cho­rale will present a re­peat per­for­mance of its 50th an­niver­sary con­cert at the his­toric Coke Me­mo­rial Methodist Church, East Pa­rade, on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 9, be­gin­ning at 5 p.m. The cho­rale which, at its ju­bilee con­cert in Au­gust, sang through an is­land­wide power out­age and into the hearts of an ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence, will once again team with Coke Church to host mu­sic lovers for an evening of re­li­gious, clas­si­cal and folk favourites.

The Methodist Cho­rale was for­mally es­tab­lished in 1966 as the Cor­po­rate Area Methodist Youth Choir. Its mem­bers, drawn from var­i­ous churches, had com­bined since the late 1950s to lead wor­ship at the Young Peo­ple’s Demon­stra­tion, one of the high­lights of the an­nual Synod of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Amer­i­cas. The cho­rale’s name change in 1973 was re­flec­tive of the chang­ing char­ac­ter of the group as it ma­tured and ex­panded its reach and reper­toire.

Coke Me­mo­rial Methodist Church, a na­tional mon­u­ment, will ben­e­fit from the pro­ceeds of the con­cert as restora­tive ef­forts for this 175-year-old struc­ture and its out­stand­ing pipe or­gan are pur­sued. The Coke Church has a rich his­tory, lo­cated as it is on the site which has been the cen­tre­piece of the Methodists’ mis­sion in Ja­maica since 1790. The church, with its im­pres­sive neo-gothic de­sign, is one of few re­main­ing red-brick struc­tures in Kingston.


Coke Methodist Church, down­town Kingston.

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