Gospel choir performs at benefit concert

LifeBridge Recovery Ministries presents the LifeBridge Benefit Concert on Saturday, March 8

LifeBridge Recovery Ministries presents the LifeBridge Benefit Concert on Saturday, March 8 in Abbotsford.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Bakerview Mennonite Brethren Church, 2285 Clearbrook Rd., featuring the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir and local singer Crystal Hicks.

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir has performed many benefit concerts for charitable organizations and recently shared the stage with artists such as Barbra Streisand, David Foster, Holly Cole, Dee Daniels and Jim Byrnes.

The choir, directed by Gail Suderman, has also appeared on many television shows, most recently Gospel to Go for Vision TV.

Suderman is a classically trained musician and teacher at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

“While most of my life has been in the classical world of music, I still like to be a part of gospel. Ten years ago I thought there was a place for a gospel choir. We started out with 40 singers and now we have 90,” she said.

Funds from the concert go to LifeBridge Recovery, which “bridges the gap between church and community and helps people in recovery by means of mentoring, spiritual coaching and leadership training,” according to director Keith St. Jean.

“LifeBridge helps people on the road to finding their life, their spiritual direction, and provides a foundation for their future,” he added.

The concert features music from the traditional to the contemporary, with Love Can Build a Bridge, some new arrangements of standards like Amazing Grace, Precious Lord Take My Hand, and songs by Richard Smallwood.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Level Ground Church office, 31216 King Road (phone 604-854-8181) and House of James, 2743 Emerson St.

For more information, visit lifebridgeministry.com or goodnoisevgc.com.