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It’s On: Cantorion Choir & allies join forces for song, talk in Journey of Hope Through Music

- September 20th, 2012

 

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Judy Brown, courtesy of cantorionchoir.ca 

This week’s It’s On video has the Bob A Q (or is it Bob A Que?) . . . & also another chance to do help good causes through music. The 2012 edition of the Journey to Hope Through Music goes Sunday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. The media release here (slightly edited) helps explain why you should go . . . best wishes to Judy Brown & everyone involved:

The Journey of Hope Through Music

“Caring and Sharing”

 

 

A focus on the people who make journeys is one thing.  Looking at the people supporting them is another.  For London’s 12th AnnualJourney of Hope Through Music concert in September at St. Paul’s Cathedral, it has always been about both.  The concert is still about both, but this year marks a change.

 

In September, 2012, the Journey of Hope will tell the story of its founder and supporters; the people making it happen.

 

When Rev. Cordell Parsons faced news that his own wife had to go through cancer treatments, he looked for hope.  Inspired by his wife’s love of singing with the Gerald Fagan Singers, Cordell, along with the London Regional Cancer Program, initiated a gathering of local choirs in a Celebration of Life.  People with cancer, and those who supported family members with the illness, joined together to form the Celebration Singers.  It was this little choir that could, the Celebration Singers, that became the founding group and host choir of the Journey of Hope.

 

It is said that cancer touches all families.  Judy Brown, a London music director and educator, was no exception.  After her own father died of cancer, Judy took on the direction of the Celebration Singers, deciding to try to build an even stronger link between music and cancer support.  In addition to directing the Celebration Singers, Judy took the lead in organizing the annual concert renamed The Journey of Hope Through Music.  Her continuing commitment to the event, in her words “is meant to be.  The recent passing of my sister after a battle with breast cancer, has refocused my energy on the concert.  It’s about doing something for those who need strength for the journey.”

 

Phil Brown, who met Judy through the Celebration Singers and is a tireless volunteer for the Journey of Hope says, “To remember Marilyn, my first wife, who lost her battle with cancer, through the music that gives hope to others, is very important to me.”

 

From the members of the Journey of Hope committee to the choirs to the musicians to Jim Swan who has been master of ceremonies for 10 years, and most of all from the audience, Judy takes heart.  In turn, her tireless energy, motivation, and dedication speaks to how hope is passed on.

 

Along with the Celebration Singers, this year’s Journey of Hope includes the talents of  Cantori0n Choir, Conspirato, The Valleyview Male Chorus, Lyra Choir London and Forest City Strings and features Sonja Gustafson and Steve Holowitz.  The free-will offering from the concert goes to support three cancer-related organizations:  Ovarian Cancer Research, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, and London and Region Wellspring.  The concert will take place at St. Paul’s Cathedral on September 23rd at 7:30 p.m.

 

For further information:

 

Judy Brown (519) 434-6794

thejourneyofhopethroughmusic@gmail.com

www.journeyofhopethroughmusic.org

Tracy Marino
The Journey of Hope Through Music
Sunday September 23, 2012   St Pauls Cathedral Church  7:30pm
“if music be the bread of life, play on”

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