I’m delighted to welcome back to Emmanuel Billericay the internationally renowned singer/songwriter Graham Kendrick and his outstanding band on Sunday 11 December 2022 at 7.00 pm.
TICKETS ONLINE Adults £15 / 13-17 yrs £8 / under 12’s free
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TICKETS ON THE DOOR Adults £18 / 13-17 yrs £9 / under 12’s free
Graham needs little introduction and has been described as the ‘Father of modern worship music’ whose songs are ‘crammed full of poetic, divine, biblical truth’ that have ‘sculpted a view of God that has impacted generations.’
I’ve been a fan of Graham since I heard his album Fighter in 1978 which had a profound impact on me, both musically and lyrically, as a young Christian. All these years later, it is still one of my favourite Christian albums.
For more than 30 years Graham has been at the forefront of Christian music in the UK having written and recorded hundreds of songs, and over 40 albums, many of which are well known around the world, including Shine Jesus Shine, Knowing You, The Servant King and Lord You’ve Been Good To Me.
Graham is based in the UK and travels internationally participating in tours, festivals, conferences and training events, as a worship leader, speaker and performer.
He is an active advocate for the charity Compassion International, encouraging audiences worldwide to understand worship as a way of life, and true intimacy with God as sharing in the concerns of his heart and participating in his mission to the world. Compassion operates in over 24 nations and facilitates the support of over a million children.
Graham was one of the founders and the songwriter behind the global phenomenon March for Jesus, which has mobilised millions of Christians to ‘take the walls of the church’ and bring praise, prayer and acts of goodwill and reconciliation on to the streets.
Graham will be supported by three outstanding musicians:
David Fitzgerald – Woodwind. David’s career has combined performing, composing and teaching as well from serving as principal flute and saxophone player within HM Band of the Royal Marines. On being ‘demobbed’ David recorded and toured with various bands, including 60’s soul legend Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band and spending much of his energy as a session musician in and around London.
David went on to devote most of his time and energy to working with many artists within the Christian Music industry (principally on recording and touring projects with Adrian Snell & Graham Kendrick but many others also). In 1989, following visits to the islands of Lindisfarne and Iona, David co-founded the musical project Iona, the result of discoveries made into the Celtic origins of the Christian faith within these Islands. After two hugely successful recordings (‘Iona’ and ‘Book Of Kells’) he left the project/band to study for a degree in music, focussing two years of this study into the origins and relevance of Liturgical and Worship Music throughout history.
David has since undertaken extensive television and recording work (including many recordings for the BBC TV series ‘Songs Of Praise’ – with artists such as Aled Jones, The New English Orchestra, Lesley Garrett, Noel Richards, Graham Kendrick, Phatfish, Stuart Townend and Jonathan Veira). Although David still performs and records he now devotes much of his time to teaching and was privileged to join the adjudication team at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
Terl Bryant – Percussion. Terl is a much sought after drummer and percussionist who says that he has been very fortunate to have worked with so many amazing artists and bands. These are a few of the artists who have made use of his talents: John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin (album ‘Thunderthief’ and world tours); Peter Gabriel (studio tracks at Real World); Faith Hill (Europe TV dates); Matt Redman (Tours and album sessions – US Grammy winner); Iona (5 albums including the top selling ‘Journey Into The Morn’); Barbara Dickson (2 albums, tours); Graham Kendrick, (more than 10 years of live dates, recording and tours); Roddy Frame (UK tour, TV dates and recording); Northern Sinfonia (UK tours with conductor Tolga Kashif); Steeleye Span (tours) and many others.
Simon Dennis – Basses. In various stints over more than 45 years, Simon has worked for Graham as a bass player and occasional second guitarist, as well as an administrator for Makeway Music. Along the way he has also done events with Paul Jones, Acker Bilk, Pat Boone and Carrie Grant. He lists Gospel Hour at The Grand Ole’ Opry, Nashville, Billy Graham events at Wembley Stadium with singer George Beverley Shea, BBC’s Blue Peter and Songs of Praise, various HM Prisons and the M2 Services at Rochester as “memorable”.
THIS IS A LISTENING EVENT Shhh … there’s a band playing!
DOORS OPEN at 6.30 pm – or earlier, depending on artists discretion.
HOW TO FIND US Emmanuel Church can be found on Laindon Road, CM12 9LD and is a 10 minute walk from Billericay station (25 mins from Liverpool Street). We are only 5 mins off the A127 and 10 mins off the A12.
PARKING You can park in the Emmanuel Church car park
GENERAL SEATING Emmanuel Church is theatre style with excellent views ‘in the round’.