After the tragic death of one of their members – Jerry Gray (13) – Pendle Youth Choir has launched a film featuring a song in his memory.
In April last year their singing friend Jerry from Colne lost his battle with cancer.
And in his memory, his choir colleagues Evie Rapson and Tom Gill – who are now studying music at York University – composed a song called “Sweet Peace for Jerry”.
They used the posts and messages from friends and family left on his Facebook page at that time.
For a time Pendle Youth Choir was emotionally unable to sing it. Now, until Christmas, they will have
another go at singing Jerry’s song at all their concerts.
They have made a video to go with the song and have included a link for the public to watch in the hope of raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. The link is: http://vimeo.com/74161932
You are asked to give £1 minimum to Teenage Cancer Trust.
The choir’s conductor, Mr David Wilkinson, said: “Jerry had an effect on our choir as he struggled to rehearsals and the training weekends.
“We attended his funeral, a tree has been planted for him and some of the choir sometimes go down to ‘see’ him.”
The choir is hoping to raise money in his name up to Christmas and Mr Wilkinson said: “I hope it will be very satisfying for his family and all his friends, and singing is what they enjoy just as he did. The film is self explanatory.”
And it is a moving experience to watch it as the choir pays tribute to Jerry and sings Evie and Tom’s great, lovely song spectacularly with great skill.