Concert to help Bishop’s appeal

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The Bishop of Derby’s Harvest Appeal 2011 will be launched with a special concert at St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne on Saturday, July 23 (7.30pm start).

Every year, the Bishop of Derby, Dr Alastair Redfern, identifies a cause overseas which will benefit from the fundraising efforts of churches across Derbyshire as they celebrate harvest.

This year’s Harvest Appeal is on behalf of the Calcutta Cathedral Relief Service (CRS) which provides essential support for women and children in the slums. The Diocese has strong links with the Church in India.

The Harvest Appeal Concert is based around a programme of sacred music and readings led by Voces Episcopi. They are a group of singers from Derbyshire and London conducted by Simon Brown (music director at Kings College School, Cambridge). The group welcomed the Bishop of Derby’s invitation to give concerts and have performed in various venues over the years in support of the Bishop’s Harvest Appeals.

Recorded at St Mary’s Church, Norbury, a CD of the programme will be available to purchase at the Concert with proceeds going to the Harvest Appeal. It also contains suitable Bible readings offered by a wide range of people.

The concert is free to attend but donations to the Harvest Appeal will be encouraged.