Festival of Sound 2020: Tidings of Joy International Concert

Event details

  • 19/12/2020
  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Watch online via YouTube or Livestream

Let’s face it, 2020 has been tough, so this December we bring you “Tidings of Joy”.  Join us online for an evening of uplifting music featuring artistes from London, USA, Canada, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, and Uganda. This is a free event. Invite your friends and family to tune in.

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Our Fundraiser

This year we’re raising funds for St Marks Primary School and our own Selhurst Foodbank & Community Kitchen. Find out more below about how any funds you contribute will be used.

St Mark’s is a unique, caring, family orientated Church of England Primary Academy serving a wonderfully diverse community.   Our foundation is a strong Christian faith that nurtures and welcomes everyone irrespective of their background and starting point.  Any funds raised will contribute towards the cost of purchasing an interactive white  board and improving the Reception Class outdoor provision.   We value the support of the church as we seek to fulfil our mission. 

Since 2016 our Selhurst Food Bank & Community Kitchen has been providing nutritious food for the most vulnerable people living on the streets and others in need in Croydon and the surrounding areas. With the number of homeless people increasing each year and rising unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 lockdowns, our Food Bank & Community Kitchen is committed to making sure that as long as this crisis continues there will be food parcels and hot and healthy food available to those in need. This can only be done with your continued support in both donations and volunteering. We open all year round, and provide emergency food parcels and serve a freshly cooked hot meal to anyone who turns up, regardless of their circumstances. 

Meet Our Performers


Husband and wife duo, Jemuel and Donna-Maria Anderson are two musicians who love arranging, playing and creating music pieces for piano, organ (solos/duets) and vocal selections.  Their friendship of over 25 years has given their marriage of 11 plus years a rich foundation for which they praise God.   

“Playing the piano together was never part of our courtship,” Jemuel explains. “We were married for several months and didn’t even consider arranging music, much less playing together. We never imagined or planned for the blessings God has allowed us to enjoy.”  Both Donna-Maria and Jemuel have traveled around the U.S. and overseas sharing their God given skills and talents in piano concert ministry and singing. Jemuel has had the honour of opening for Maya Angelou, Steve Green, Kurt Carr and others.  The duo has also ministered at the 2010 and 2015 SDA General Conference Session.  As recording artists, they had the privilege of having the Aeolians of Oakwood University as guest artistes on their CD release, ‘4 Hands 4 Him’. 

Afi Sassel Smith

18 year old Afi has a passion for music, especially singing. She has a powerful voice for her age and enjoys singing solo but also within groups like the Croydon SDA Youth Choir. 

Afi is currently studying Music Performance and Music Business at Leeds Conservatoire. Her passion for music means that she’s  really enjoying her experience so far and can’t wait to see where God will take her next. Afi has performed at various events including, Croydon SDA concerts, and the House of Praise concert at Newbold College in Bracknell in February 2019. 

Carey Sayles

Carey Sayles is a 37-year-old Jamaican Gospel Singer and a member of the Trench Town Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He grew up in the Arnett Gardens area of Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica where he was baptized at the age of 9. Carey’s singing ministry debuted at the tender age of six while singing in the children’s choir. He later sang in the youth choirs, also a lead singer for Maranatha Ministry Group. 


Gifted with a tremendous vocal talent that lends itself to a wide range of expressions, Carey has enjoyed a diverse musical career. He has ministered to a wide audience in a unique wayat crusades, churches, concerts, business functions, government functions and different community programs. Carey has also performed internationally – in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the USA, Trinidad, Canada, BVI, Antigua and all over Jamaica.  Carey loves the Lord, and wants to use his talent to reach others for Him. 

Croydon SDA Gospel Choir

Drawing its members from the Croydon Seventh-Day Adventist Church in South London, the Croydon SDA Gospel Choir started in 1979 as a youth choir. Over the past four decades it has reached millions across the globe through its album recordings, appearances on television and radio broadcasts, as well as performances across the world in churches, the concert stage, festivals, hospitals, prisons, and even in private residences.  


The ‘gospel’ in its name refers to the message it brings, which is identifiably based on the Christian faith which all of its members embrace. Musically, it dares to venture into a diverse range of genres, from different eras, and even languages, with an aim to reach every ‘nation, kindred, tongue, and people’.  To find out more, visit: www.croydonsdagospelchoir.co.uk 

Danielle Billett

Danielle comes from a musical family and has been singing since the age of 2. She also gained an interest in playing the piano at 4 years old in which she has developed over the years and has later gone on to teach herself other instruments such as the acoustic and bass guitar. 


Her musicianship was noted at high school where she was regularly called upon to perform in song or as a supporting musician. Danielle is currently the Assistant Choir Director to our very own Croydon Youth Choir as well as President of her University’s Gospel Music Society.   

Evrol Dixon

For as long as he can remember, singing has been an integral part of Everol’s life. At the age of 9 or 10, whilst listening to a singer on the radio named Larry Graham, Everol was inspired by his vibrato and would practice every day until he learnt the technique. His first solo was ‘In Times Like These’, sung at Spanish Town SDA Church in Jamaica – after that the rest is history. According to Everol, “when I am singing a song it makes me feel so happy that I become lost in it, like reading a good book. I have seen the Lord use me over the years to sing for Him in places I never dreamed I would ever be, and how God’s people would be blessed by the songs He placed in my heart to deliver. I pray that I will continue to serve Him and to make it into His kingdom, to look upon His face and sing to Him. This is the hope I have that has kept me serving the Lord. 

Jaime Jorge

Jaime began playing the violin at the age of five. Born and raised in communist Cuba, he was given many opportunities-including an offer to study in Moscow with some of the greatest musicians of our time-if only he and his family would renounce their belief in God. They refused. When Jaime was ten, miraculously, his family was given the opportunity to leave the country.  


They came to the United States, where Jaime received a Christian education and violin lessons with eminent violinist and teacher Cyrus Forough. But Jaime dreamed of being a missionary doctor, and in 1994 he entered the University of Illinois School of Medicine. In 1996, he left medical school and a promising medical career to follow God’s call to devote his life to full-time music ministry. Since  1988 he has traveled over 6 million air miles and has played on 6 continents and in over 80 countries (he’s waiting for an invitation to play for penguins in Antarctica to visit all 7 continents). He has recorded and released 17 albums.  Find out more at: https://www.jaimejorge.com 

Jehovah Shalom Acapella

Jehovah Shalom Acapella is a six-member Seventh-day Adventist all male Ugandan🇺🇬 Gospel Inspirational Acapella Group from Kampala. Since their beginning in 2009, the group has performed at camps, festivals, coffee shops, corporate weddings, churches, birthday parties and many more occasions. They have opened for an award-winning artist, Yvonne Chakachaka and performed at galas and events around their hometown. Jehovah Shalom is currently working towards their first EP.

Other notable achievements include:

  • * Golden Buzzer winner 
  • * Finalists in East Africa’s Got Talent
  •  * Two-time winners of the Hippo Award for Best Acapella Group in the country
  • * Nominee for the CARA awards in 2019 for Best African Album 
  • * Most followed Acapella Group in Africa on Facebook

Find out more at: http://jehovahshalomacapella.com 

Martha Jhoana De Luna Mateo

Martha Jhoana De Luna Mateo was born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic and raised as a Seventh-day Adventist. She began studying music at the age of 7 and playing the piano at the age of 8. Although Martha didn’t have a piano as a child, by the age of 15 she won an Excellence Prize from the Estudio Dina de Educación Musical (EDEM) and was given a piano. She went on to win a number of prizes, including first and second prizes between 1997 and 2003. Martha has performed several times at the Dominican Republic’s National Theatre and U.S. Embassy, as well as Orlando, Puerto Rico, Chicago, and Cuba. Martha also studied the harp for 5 years and has recorded and performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic and the Conservatory Orchestra of Puerto Rico. She began composing music from age 13, and has composed over 300 pieces for piano and voice, and numerous hymn arrangements for piano, chamber music and choir.

Miguel Davis

Staff Sergent Miguel Davis is a professional concert pianist, keyboardist, choir director, recording artiste and vocalist. He was born in Caracas, Venezuela, beginning his musical journey at the age of 5 in Trinidad. In 1992, he immigrated to the United States as a musical by-product of the Royal College of Music, enlisting in the United States Army Band, serving as Senior Music Instructor, performing for dignitaries, including, United States Vice Presidents Pence and Cheney.  Despite numerous military medals of commendations, and outstanding musical accolades, Sgt. Miguel’s sole mission is reaching, comforting and transcending the listener to a closer connection with God, though music.

The Chitans

The Chitans is a family in full-time ministry, from Toronto, Canada. 

Our ministry encapsulates the Great Command of Matthew 28:19 and 20. Our hearts desire and motto is, “To inspire, inform and challenge a new generation of Godfearing leaders to rise up, straighten up and take their rightful place in their homes, churches, communities and the world.”  Find out more at: https://thechitans.com/home/

The Foster Triplets

Malaika, Mahari and Mikaili are three awesome young ladies who minister for God in melodious singing. They reside on the picturesque island of Jamaica, where they were born to parents Markquin and Nicole Foster. Their gift of singing was discovered at a very tender age during family worship, when they inadvertently or providentially sang in harmony. 


Their ministry found its exodus in 2008, when they made their debut performance at only five years of age. Since then, they have had an impressive catalogue of performances. They have ministered to various congregations and audiences across Jamaica and North America, as well as made on-line performances across all continents.The Foster Triplets believe that the Lord has called them to take the message of hope to the entire world in every way possible. 


Tiffany Campbell-Dailey

Tiffany Campbell-Dailey is a multi-recording artist, and singing evangelist from Toronto, Canada whose music ministry has touched many lives around the world. To date, she has recorded five solo albums, has sang and recorded with the Voice of Prophecy Family Reunion Singers, the Quiet Hour, It Is Written, and 3ABN. Tiffany sang at the 2000 General Conference session in Toronto, Canada before an audience before Pastor G. Ralph Thompson presented his message. She has since ministered at the last three General Conferences and as a result has spread her ministry around the world. Tiffany loves the Lord and has dedicated her life to doing his will. Find out more at: https://www.tiffanycd.com/