This was a benefit evening for refugees, performed by Three Valleys Gospel Choir. Early arrivals heard a rehearsal of two new songs, one about “Simple Peace”, the other well-wishing a traveller. After the tea break the choir sang some more. The choir says that it does not audition, but that is not how it sounds. They are divided into four sections and sing complex harmonies. In fact I thought one or two of the songs were over arranged, if anything, but still beautifully sung.
My favourite song sounded African – the first line contained the word “amen” but I can’t remember the rest. It started slowly and impressively and then built up to a clap-along rhythm.
The audience were told about the scope of the refugee problem and about what St Augustine’s Centre, Halifax (which has become the go-to place for the many problems of asylum seekers) is doing for those already here. It was stressed that preparation is needed to settle refugees. St Augustine’s seems set to do a lot of this.
If anyone is interested in joining the choir, they rehearse on Monday evenings at the Central Methodist church at 7.15 pm. Their Facebook page is 3VGC Hangout and their website is http://www.3valleysgospelchoir.org.uk.