One of the most exciting young choirs in Essex is to perform with two of Colchester’s best-loved live acts in aid of the Colchester Special Care Baby Unit.

At 7.30pm on Tuesday 30th March Colchester Institute Gospel Choir, Rev Simpkins & the Phantom Brass Band, and Ady Johnson will take to the stage in the beautiful St Martin’s church in Colchester’s Dutch Quarter.

The Gospel Choir is made up of talented youngsters from the Colchester Institute’s Centre for Music & Performing Arts and is open to all students on the broad range of courses there from Rock School and National Diploma to Masters Degree Level.

The Choir, conducted by Nicki Bull will perform on a number of Rev Simpkins’ songs as well as their own set of Gospel songs traditional and contemporary.

“The Rev” Matt Simpkins will also have his phantom brass band in tow, performing selections from their two critically acclaimed psychedelic folk albums Babbler & Crow and Lions. Also on the bill is folk rock singer-songwriter Ady Johnson, whose much anticipated debut album is due out soon. Ady who is always an extremely popular live performer will be performing numbers from his forthcoming disc.

Nicki, Ady and Matt all met when at the Colchester Institute, where Matt has recently been appointed to run the A-level/Diploma course on which they studied.

Matt Simpkins commented “It’s a thrill to be performing with my old Institute friends. The Gospel Choir is one of a number of fantastic ensembles that work at the Institute throughout the year, they make a big and beautiful noise! The concert is in aid of Colchester Special Care Baby Unit who treated my daughter when she was born. It’s one of those places that you don’t think about until you need it; but when we needed SCBU I quickly realised what tremendous heroes they are!”

Tickets cost £5 and will be available on the door. Seating is strictly limited. The audience is advised to wrap up warm as there is no heating in the church.