Body and soul mu­sic

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Camilla Good­man buck­snews@trin­i­ Twit­ter: @Get_Bucks

EX­PECT soar­ing mu­sic and an up­lift­ing evening when a male voice group from South Wales per­forms a char­ity con­cert in Amer­sham next month.

On Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 8 an in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed Pendyrus Choir will travel down from the Rhondda, South Wales, to per­form a con­cert at the King’s Church, in Raans Road, Amer­sham.

This is in or­der to raise funds for a char­ity called Rev­e­la­tion Life.

The choir first per­formed at the King’s Church in Amer­sham, in Novem­ber 2015 and were a great suc­cess re­sult­ing in many re­quests for them to re­turn.

As well as a num­ber of tra­di­tional Welsh songs, they in­cluded their own ar­range­ment from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and a se­lec­tion of pieces from Les Mis­er­ables.

The choir in­cluded a num­ber of male and fe­male soloists, who sang their own spe­cific pieces and many felt they were of a cal­i­bre to be per­form­ing on the West End stage.

This year, the pro­gramme is still be­ing de­vel­oped, but a thor­oughly en­gag­ing and en­ter­tain­ing evening is ex­pected.

Rev­e­la­tion Life is a char­ity which was es­tab­lished by lo­cal cou­ple Si­mon and Nicola Neal, just over six years ago, when they moved out from the UK, with their two chil­dren to Kam­pala, Uganda.

They were moved by what they saw in the slums in and around Kam­pala, with peo­ple suf­fer­ing from the ef­fects of se­vere poverty.

The cou­ple said: “In 2009 we moved our fam­ily to Uganda, the Pearl of Africa.

“There we got to see life as it re­ally is for those liv­ing in the slums of Kam­pala, fam­i­lies who were sur­viv­ing on less than 80 pence a day, un­able to af­ford ba­sic es­sen­tials, let alone a cri­sis like a sick child.

“For most peo­ple we met the fu­ture was very bleak.

“We be­came pas­sion­ate about sup­port­ing peo­ple to change their lives for the bet­ter and since then Rev­e­la­tion Life has grown to the team it is to­day, work­ing with many slum com­mu­ni­ties to see last­ing sus­tain­able change.

“It is a priv­i­lege to work along­side such a fan­tas­tic team and to see the peo­ple we work with not only find a strength to face to­day, but also a bright hope for their to­mor­row.”

They started by build­ing re­la­tion­ships with those they met in the slums and tried to help by form­ing the char­ity and de­vel­op­ing a team to bring med­i­cal aid and cloth­ing.

They also helped to es­tab­lish good san­i­ta­tion and clean run­ning wa­ter where there was none.

The char­ity has grown and evolved to be­come more de­vel­op­men­tal, teach­ing life and work skills to en­able peo­ple to lift them­selves out of poverty and achieve a sus­tain­able ex­is­tence.

Mr and Mrs Neal, orig­i­nally from the Amer­sham and High Wy­combe ar­eas, have now moved back to the UK to over­see the work and con­sider plant­ing the work in other coun­tries, even the UK – in East Lon­don.

They leave a very ef­fec­tive team of more than 40 mem­bers of staff, mostly Ugan­dan, led by a di­rec­tor and his wife from the UK, called John and Sue Clev­er­ley.

The Pendyrus Choir has per­formed all over the world and has ap­peared on tele­vi­sion many times.

The con­cert is ex­pected to be very pop­u­lar, but if not sold out, tick­ets will be avail­able on the door.

Tick­ets cost £15 and are avail­able on­line from www.rev­e­la­tion­life. or call 03333 442 505.

Work­ing in Uganda: The con­cert will raise money for Rev­e­la­tion Life’s projects in Kam­pala

From Rhondda: the Pendyrus Choir

Char­ity founders: Nicola and Si­mon Neal

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