KAB Gravesend: Reaching Out, performance day

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

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Members of the choir and art group viewing Frank’s tactile artwork depicting visions of his Charles Bonnet Syndrome. His name is shown in Braille.
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Artwork by the group placed next to a stained glass window in St George’s Church.
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Guide dog Scramble checking out new blonde guide dog in training.
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Blonde guide dog seated and looking back towards photographer Alison, the audience are looking forwards towards the choir.
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Reverend Canon Chris Stone opening the celebration.
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RiverVoice Community Choir performing with Tania Holland Williams conducting.
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Soprano Cathy Robinson performing in the gallery at St George’s. To her left are silhouettes of the art group and various flags to her right.
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Black and white image of guide dog looking up, next to Jenny, Frank and Liz -3 of the Gravesend artists in the aisle of St George’s Church.
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Young visitors exploring the tactile ‘memory blanket’ made during Voluntary Arts Week by the artists and visitors.
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Guests at St George’s Church with artwork in the background.
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Frank’s hand touching the colourful acetate artwork by Liz.
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A view of the colourful pastel work by the artists displayed around the edge of the church organ with stained glass in the background.
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The RiverVoice Choir thanking and applauding the audience.

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View of Pocahontas memorial statue looking towards the west face of St George’s Church.

Photography by Alison Lewis Photography www.allisonlewisphotography.com/

Press Release KAB Gravesend Art launch 14th May

 

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