St Mary-le-Tower church is singing the praises of pop star Ed Sheeran after he agreed to encourage the tradition of singing in the community. The 27-year-old singer, educated in Framlingham, is the new Patron of the Choral Foundation for St Mary-le-Tower in Ipswich.
The multi-award winning internationally-renowned singer, who once sang in a church choir in Suffolk as a child, will promote singing at the church and in the wider community.
Ed said, “I am thrilled to be asked to be Patron. As a former chorister myself, I appreciate the benefits which singing brings to young people both physical and emotional. Singing teaches you lots of skills and provides many opportunities which will help, enrich and sustain you throughout life. There is nothing equal to the joy of performing wonderful music with other like-minded people.”
Jonathan Hunt, Chairman of the Trustees of the Foundation said, “I am very proud to be associated with Ipswich’s highly ambitious and successful church choir. The high standards are very much driven by the talented, local, young people, both boys and girls, whose achievements are equal to those of many cathedral choirs across the country. We are extremely grateful and honoured that Ed has agreed to be our patron.”
Bishop Martin said: “We know that singing and music-making can bring a very great deal to individual and community development. Ed Sheeran’s patronage of the Foundation will give a huge encouragement to singing projects right across the county, as well as at St Mary’s. Who knows what talents lie undiscovered in our neighbourhoods and villages!”
Each year, the Foundation puts on a festive candle-lit performance of Handel’s Messiah, with highly professional orchestra and soloists, with the choirs of St Mary-le-Tower and friends from the wider community. In 2018, this takes place on Sunday 16 December in St Mary-le-Tower church.
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