Stories of Hope: A Celebratory Concert

Join us for a very special evening at St Mary Redcliffe Church on Saturday 4th March, as together we launch Stories of Hope, the St Mary Redcliffe Lent Appeal for 2017.

Doors open at 6pm with a champagne reception and the launch of a pop-up exhibition by development photographer Adam Dickens (Taking Pictures, Changing Lives).

From 7pm, enjoy a candlelit concert featuring stories of hope from our work in Malawi, and performances from:

Wasuremono 忘れ物

wasuremono 2017 01Championed by Steve Lamacq and Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music and likened to Nick Cave, Talking Heads and Arcade Fire, Wasuremono – or, in English, “something left behind” – are a genre-blending four-piece, taking inspiration from pop, indie and dreamscape. Their ever-developing live show incorporates intricate guitar styles and soundscapes, shimmering synths and four part choral harmonies. We’re sure their dreamlike soundscapes will take on an ethereal quality in the sublime surrounds of St Mary Redcliffe – the perfect way to round off this truly unique evening.

Sennen Timcke

sennen Sennen Timcke is a singer-songwriter inspired by classic American and British Folk music. His music has been compared to iconic folk musicians such as Ben Howard, Paul Simon, and James Taylor. With a voice that is unique and compelling; and a deft finger-picking and rhythmic guitar style, his friendly and humorous stage presence allow him to play honest and heartfelt songs in an engaging and sincere way.

Gurt Lush Choir

gurt_lush_choir82The Gurt Lush Choir has been entertaining Bristol and surrounds for the past eight years. Founded in 2009, it rapidly grew to be one of the largest and most remarkable open-access choirs in the country, regularly selling out the Colston Hall with their collaborations including the Bristol Schools Philharmonia, Project Zulu, and the Fantasy Orchestra, among many others. They regularly champion new works, particularly by local composers, and are also fond of showcasing exciting and exotic acapella world music – so expect the unexpected!

Bristol MAN Chorus

MANChorusThe Bristol MAN Chorus have just celebrated their first birthday – and what a year it’s been! Over the past twelve months they’ve wowed in venues as diverse as the Colston Hall, SS Great Britain, Southmead Hospital, and even the Portway(!). Describing themselves as “a distillation of every great ‘man-singing concept’ that has ever graced this earth”, the MAN Chorus guarantee a big, fun and lively performance with a difference.

Gospel Generation Community Choir

GGCC SouthmeadThe Gospel Generation Community Choir is made up of four groups from different parts of Bristol, full of people of all ages who share together the adventure of gospel singing. The evening’s performance will see all four groups come together to showcase a variety of gospel music – from traditional spirituals, through to contemporary gospel and even well-known secular songs that have the heart of gospel running through them. Be prepared for lots of fun, energy, stomping, clapping – and a smattering of audience participation (you have been warned!).

Sheila Henderson

Sheila Henderson is a professional pianist, music teacher and accompanist, working with many music societies and choirs, including the 200-strong Oxford City Singers. She’s thrilled to be able to put her passion for the piano to good work by supporting our work tonight!


Hosted by Charlie Partridge, compere extraordinaire, sometime-writer, Rebel Bingo master and one half of comedy duo Robin and Partridge.



Donation on the door

All proceeds from the evening, and the St Mary Redcliffe Lent Appeal, support our ongoing work to build sustainable futures in rural Malawi.

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