After much hard work, creative revelations by the art group and rehearsals for the RiverVoice Community Choir, the performance day finally arrived. On the 14th May 2016 at St George’s Church Gravesend, the RiverVoice Choir premièred ‘Remnants of a Name’ by Tania Holland Williams to a captivated audience and accompanied by the colourful back drop of wonderful new art created by the blind and partially sighted artists from the Kent Association for the Blind Gravesend Art Group.
The event kicked-off with speeches by Reverend Canon Chris Stone of St George’s Church, Katherine Barr from the Kent Association for the Blind, Opera Singer Tania Holland Williams and yours truly.
I can safely say that everyone involved in either creating the art works or singing in the choir are justly proud of their achievements. It was an amazing celebration of colour and voice – a true feast for the senses! The choir were accompanied by Soprano Cathy Robinson and drummer Liz Hayward – spectacular.
We were privileged to have so many visitors and thank you all for helping us celebrate. Thanks also to the artists Sue and guide dog Quasar, David and guide dog Scramble, Jan, Liz, Frank, Sybil, Jenni, Claire and invaluable Volunteers Gill, Wendy, Chris and Charles, the Kent Association for the Blind, Tania Holland Williams, RiverVoice Choir, Carol and Reverend Canon Chris Stone and Church Warden Neil Fisher from St George’s Church – very special thanks to the incredibly well behaved and so very patient guide dogs.
We are very grateful to our funders Gravesham CAN Community Scheme, the Northfleet and Gravesend West Neighbourhood Forum, NKLAAP and Voluntary Arts England.
Spaghetti Weston filmed the making of our collaborative project ‘Reaching Out’ and you can catch the film here on this link: https://vimeo.com/175844855
Thank you to Alison Lewis Photography for documenting Reaching Out. You can find more photographs on our Facebook page KAB Gravesend Art Group
Photography by Alison Lewis Photography www.allisonlewisphotography.com/