I am a freelance writer specialising mainly in health and education and living in Staffordshire. Find me on Linked In
Award-Winning Choir To Sing Out In Special Charity Concert
Get ready to sing to the rafters and lift off the roof when the award-winning Birmingham Community Gospel Choir stages a special charity concert in its home city. The 'Gospel Goes Charity Concert' promises to go off with a real bang when it takes place at Birmingham Town Hall on Bonfire Night, Saturday 5 November.
Birmingham Community Gospel Choir in action
The choir, which was founded in 2005 by its ongoing director Maxine Brooks, has gained widespread acclaim, both throughout the UK and abroad, over the last decade. And their combined talent and effort was duly rewarded last year when Birmingham Community Gospel Choir gained deserved national recognition by winning the prestige title of BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year for 2015.
The choir celebrates winning the BBC choir of the year title in 2015
The Birmingham Community Gospel Choir currently has 26 singers and musicians of all ages and backgrounds who have been drawn from across the city. The choir, which performs a range of traditional gospel songs, was founded by Birmingham nurse Maxine, who has been singing and writing songs since the age of nine. She was previously a member of The Nurses, a singing group whose first single helped raise money for the Nurse Aid Charity.
Maxine Brooks founded the choir in 2005
The special fundraising concert on November 5 will be in aid of three charities, representatives of which will be given the opportunity to address the audience ahead of the show commencing. The charities are Focus Birmingham, which cares for people with visual impairment and other disabilities, Mission Morogoro, which aims to support an orphanage in a village in Tanzania, and Oscar Birmingham, which is in aid of people with sickle cell.
Maxine says: "We like to support different charities by staging an annual concert which both helps them financially and also highlights the work they do. Focus Birmingham is particularly close to my heart because my mother is registered blind and they have been great in terms of supporting her."
Tickets for the charity gospel concert, which starts at 7.30pm on November 5, cost from £18 to £20.50. They are available by visiting Focus Birmingham online or by contacting the Town Hall Box Office direct on 0121 780 3333. Further information about Birmingham Community Gospel Choir is also available online.