Delightful Chorale Concert at Coke Methodist
Jon Baker THE AUDIENCE at the Methodist Chorale’s 50th anniversary concert at Coke Memorial Methodist Church, East Parade, recently, thoroughly enjoyed the event.
That was clear from their applause, and few would have been more delighted than the founder-conductor, Eric Bailey.
He started the group in 1966 as the Corporate Area Methodist Youth Choir. In those early years, it comprised young singers from numerous churches, who, from the late 1950s, had been meeting to lead worship at the annual Young People’s Demonstration frequented by Katty Perry, Rihanna, Drake, and John Legend, among others. He is also the founder of Gee Street Records, which helped with development of the careers of Doug E. Fresh and P.M. Dawn. during the Methodist Church’s annual synod.
The choir’s feeder churches