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Historic Coke Methodist to come alive on October 9

Published:Monday | September 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Coke Methodist Church, downtown Kingston.

The Methodist Chorale will present a repeat performance of its 50th anniversary concert at the historic Coke Memorial Methodist Church, East Parade, on Sunday, October 9, beginning at 5 p.m. The chorale which, at its jubilee concert in August, sang through an islandwide power outage and into the hearts of an appreciative audience, will once again team with Coke Church to host music lovers for an evening of religious, classical and folk favourites.

The Methodist Chorale was formally established in 1966 as the Corporate Area Methodist Youth Choir. Its members, drawn from various churches, had combined since the late 1950s to lead worship at the Young People's Demonstration, one of the highlights of the annual Synod of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas. The chorale's name change in 1973 was reflective of the changing character of the group as it matured and expanded its reach and repertoire.

Coke Memorial Methodist Church, a national monument, will benefit from the proceeds of the concert as restorative efforts for this 175-year-old structure and its outstanding pipe organ are pursued. The Coke Church has a rich history, located as it is on the site which has been the centrepiece of the Methodists' mission in Jamaica since 1790. The church, with its impressive neo-gothic design, is one of few remaining red-brick structures in Kingston.