Rehearsals are gaining momentum for the Clergy in Concert show scheduled for Sunday, July 7 at the Campion College Auditorium in Kingston; and the programme promises to provide entertainment with a difference. The long-awaited Kingston leg of the Concert, which follows a successful “sell-off” event staged in Montego Bay in 2011, will feature clergy and church workers from across the Diocese, as well as members of their family, in song, dance and drama. The show will begin at 4.00 p.m.
The 2013 Concert, like the previous one, is being planned to raise funds for ongoing Diocesan Outreach Programmes, including missionary initiatives in Longville Park and neighbouring communities in St. Catherine.
The Bishop of Jamaica, the Rt. Rev. Howard Gregory, who as Suffragan Bishop of Montego Bay played an active part – on stage and behind the scenes – in the 2011 production, says: “Clergy in Concert 11 will allow our priests and their colleagues in ministry to put aside their clerical collars and robes; and join their spouses and children in showcasing their many and varied talents; while also presenting to the audience the lighter, human side of the Anglican Church.”
The programme is being coordinated by the Rev. Leslie Mowatt, Rector of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Molynes Road. An accomplished musician who, before his call to ministry, was a member of the renowned Byron Lee & the Dragonaires Band, Father Mowatt will also lead the backing band “Keys to the Kingdom.” Talk show host and well-known theatre personality, Dr. the Hon. Barbara Gloudon, is directing the actors in a skit which she wrote specifically for the Concert; and she is also managing the selection of costumes.
The appearance by a group dubbed “The Purps” will be a highpoint of the evening’s performances. From gospel to contemporary music; from Pavarotti to Isaac Hayes and dub poetry, Clergy in Concert 11 will offer quality entertainment for persons of all ages and tastes.