Festival of Sound: Let Praises Ring

Event details

  • Saturday | 18/12/2021
  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Watch online or visit Croydon SDA Church, 95 Selhurst Road, South Norwood, London, SE25 6LH

Let Praises Ring

Stormy seasons of life are inevitable. We have been through another tough year and some of us have lost loved ones, but when despair and doubts come, we can look beyond the trials of life and respond by praising God, knowing that his Word and his love will never fail us.

Join us for a special evening with songs of peace, joy and hope, as we let praises ring for Jesus, our King of Kings and Lord of Lords! 

WATCH ONLINE OR ATTEND IN PERSON

We will have a mixture of live and pre-recorded video performances.

Our Fundraiser

This year we’re raising funds for Selhurst Food Bank & Community Kitchen. Since 2016 our 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

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. 

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 

Croydon Youth Choir

Established for over 20 years, the Croydon Youth Choir have sung at a range of prestigious events, including the Southbank Centre Annual Music Festival and the Jamaican High Commission’s Independence Day celebration. The choir love to sing for the Lord and are passionate about giving their service through song. They have performed for nursing homes, shoppers in the Croydon town centre, and a variety of churches throughout England and internationally.

The Croydon Youth Choir have also sang with IDMC Gospel Soul Choir on their national tour, in the Front Room in Croydon.  The choir is led by Christelle Clements-Davis (Director) and Danielle Billett (Assistant Director).

Diana Roldan

Diana is a Mexican cellist, graduated from the Music Conservatory of the State of Mexico in Toluca Mexico, initiates her musical excursion at an early age. By 1994 defines her attention to the cello under the wardship of cellist Maestro Adolfo Ramos. However is with the awarded and talented cellist Maestro Viacheslav Ponomarev (+) with whom she achieves a great development on the instrument. She also has received cellist instruction by Maestro Ivan Tchernichev, Maestro Vitali Roumanov, Maestro Lazlo Frater (+), Maestro Sergei Louzanov and Maestra Fabiola Flores.

She has been part of multiple chamber music ensembles including the Cellist Orchestra from the COMEM under the baton of Maestro Ivan Tchernichev; the Female Quartet from the COMEM; the Police Department from the State of Mexico Quartet; to mention a few. Maestra Roldan was part of the Symphonic Orchestra of the State of Mexico when training as an orchestra cellist (2003-2005); this experience gave her the opportunity to travel with the same orchestra in an European tour in 2003 under Maestro Enrique Batiz baton.

Around the middle of 2012, along with her brother – an amateur guitarist – they decided to become regular contributors of ADRA and ACFE , two philanthropic institutions, by donating the money collected at concerts by the selling of a CD they recorded named “Mi Alabanza” (My Praise). This is an ongoing contribution and collaboration.

By the years 2016 and 2017, maestra Roldan widespread her studies into musical theology. She took two specific courses related to religious music and theology around music at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan and at Washington Adventist University, Washington D.C. She has taken this knowledge and developed a Music and Praise Conference for the Seventh Day Adventist Church section Valle de Mexico in Toluca, Mexico.

Nowadays she is a soloist and orchestra cellist at the Philarmonic Orchestra of Toluca, under the conducting of Maestro Gerardo Urban y Fernandez; also a soloist and orchestra cellist at the Chamber Orchestra of the State of Mexico University under the conducting of Maestro Vicente Saquicoray; exercises private cello teaching and both cello and voice at the Female Quartet AD LIBITUM. Maestra Diana Roldan decides to always use her cello as part of her gratitude and praises to God for her new life, her new identity and her new destiny in CHRIST.

Janise White

 

Professor Janise White, Professor of Music at West Los Angeles College 1997 to 2017, is a child prodigy who began piano training at age 4 with James Beail, Director of the Mills College Music Training School in Oakland, California USA.  White first recorded at age 9 for the Musicolorama Competition winning First Prize in the instrumental section.  She placed First in the National Association of Negro Musicians Piano Competition in 1972. White became an integral part of the music staff at the Elmhurst SDA Church in Oakland, California accepting the appointment as Pianist by age 10 and Organist from ages 13 to 21.  

White  holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (B.M., Major in Piano; Minor in Harpischord), the University of Southern California (M.M., Piano), with Artist Diploma studies at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. White has continued her music ministry as organist/pianist/choir director at many Seventh-day Adventist Churches including the Berkeley, Normandie Avenue, Smyrna and currently, the Kansas Avenue SDA Church.  She has served as Organist for Dr. James Lawson, Advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr at the Holman United Methodist Church, Los Angeles with weekly broadcasts over KJLH.

As a concert pianist, she made appearances as soloist with the Oakland Youth Symphony under Denis DeCoteau, Inglewood Philharmonic under Leroy Hurte, the Marina del Rey Orchestra under Frank Fetta, Southeast Symphony under Dr. John Dennison and the Afro-American Chamber Music Society Orchestra under Kermit Moore and Michael Morgan.  Additionally, she has performed with Little Richard, Garrett Morris, John Patton, Natalie Cole, and for Alex Haley, Rosa Parks and Winnie Mandela. She has performed live for KUSC Sunday’s Live from 1988 to 2015 and her recordings have been broadcast over BBC Radio 3 and 4. Additionally, White has concertized in London, Paris and Canada.

For more information, please visit: https://janisewhite-keyboardist.weebly.com/ 

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.

Zena Taylor

Inspirational, motivational and spiritual, describes this performer and vocal instructor. Zena has been singing for over 30 years. Her journey began from a very young age. From ministering in song for her local church at the time, Preston, to becoming a national, in demand vocalist, performing across the UK, Europe, USA and Caribbean. Her passion for music, and singing, which led to teaching in 2011, grew from her suffering with vocal issues around 2009 – 2010.

Through studying with two vocal institutions, Zena was able to find her voice again, and soon become licensed and certified in 2011. Since then she has coached many singers and choirs, nationally and internationally preparing them for performances, auditions, studio productions, etc. and continues to do so. In the midst of all this Zena still sings voluntarily for her church and conference events locally, nationally and internationally. Her aim is to help people realise who the Creator of their voice is, and how through Him they can learn to sing through all seasons, not just when the sun is shining in their lives. She hopes that as she sings the Gospel, that people’s hearts are drawn closer to God, through the name of Jesus.