Body and soul music
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. org.uk/choir 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