LOCAL MAYOR AND COUNCIL LEADERS VISITS NORTH WEMBLEY'S MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA
From L-R Mrs Chohan, Mayor Bhagwanji Chohan, Cllr Orleen Hylton, Cllr Mohammed Butt & Ps Kwesi Moore
23rd November 2017
The long-awaited Luv Gospel 2017 festival was launched on Saturday 11 November to a full house at the North Wembley Community Seventh-day Adventist church (NWCSDAC).
Performers during the week included the 2017 Eden Awards Winner Phillipa Hanna and community choirs including the Harrow Community Gospel Choir, Camden Community Choir, London Asian Community Choir, Peniel Church Choir, Destiny Malcolm, Andrew Bello.
The finale on Saturday 18 November featured Manchester Inspirational Voices, winners of BBC's Songs of Praise Choir of the Year 2016/17 and Israel Allen from The Voice 2017 as well as the return of 2016 MOBO nominee Andrew Bello.
The finale also welcomed the Mayor of Brent, Councillor Bhagwanji Chohan along with Tokyngton, Labour leader of the council, Mohammed Butt and Labour councillor Orleen Hylton.
The mayor and councillors attended to allow the community church an opportunity to get to know them as their representatives and to support the church's Luv Gospel festival. The mayor addressed the church by speaking of the need to promote similar events in the future and how he wanted to encourage residents and faith groups to get involved in community projects across the borough.
Councillors Chohan and Hylton discussed the needs of the community especially the rights of children to have access to a good education and that opportunities exist for employment and affordable housing. The councillors commented that about 82% of Brent's population profess to have a faith. Therefore, working together with these faith groups is essential to be able to deliver the needs of the community.
The North Wembley Community Seventh-day Adventist church local minister, Pastor Kwesi Moore, proposed a summer Fun Day event in a local park in an effort to bring the community together and celebrate diversity. The visiting councillors agreed this would be just the type of event they would like to support to help achieve the needed changes in the community.
The programme was the idea of the NWCSDAC's Music director Michael Agyei-Asare who has long had a desire to bring together some of the best gospel artistes from around the country.
The event was compered by visiting US Pastor Philip Wesley II, from New York, who promoted and guided the attendees through a roll coaster music fest interspersed with spiritual reflections.
Just some of the special guests during this special Luv Gospel festival week included:
Saturday 11 November:
- Chris Brooks & The Company
- Matthew Lombard
- Denice Shepherd-Wint
Monday 13 November:
- Harrow Community Gospel Choir
- Camden Community Choir
Wednesday 15 November:
- Phillipa Hanna
- Destiny Malcolm
Friday 17 November:
- Peniel Church Choir
- London Asian Community Choir
- Andrew Bello
Saturday 18 November:
- Manchester Inspirational Voices
[NWCSDAC Comms Team]