UWE law graduate organises concert to raise awareness of child abuse

Issue date: 09 September 2011

Gloryfest 2011

Gloryfest 2011 Colston Hall Bristol Sunday 18 September 2011

Rebecca Berryman, a Law graduate from the University of the West of England, has co-organised a major concert, 'Gloryfest 2011' that will highlight awareness of child abuse and its impact on our community.

'Gloryfest 2011' brings together people from all backgrounds and takes place at the Colston Hall in Bristol on Sunday 18 September at 19:00.

Rebecca Berryman helped establish and now volunteers as a Project Coordinator of Babbasa Youth Empowerment Project (BYEP); she explains, “Gloryfest 2011 seeks to provide a platform for the young, to showcase their work alongside renowned names on the big stage. Music includes Choral, Jazz, Soul and Urban Contemporary Gospel.”

Rebecca got involved in the initial birth of BYEP, and the planning for Gloryfest while she was a student at UWE. She continues, “'Volunteering became an integral part of my time spent at UWE, which was fully supported by my lecturers and tutors. I felt it was extremely important to offer more to those less fortunate, and community organisations like BYEP are key to engaging with youth, as we are run by young people with relevant experiences and fresh ideas.”

Rebecca also went on to win the Idea Stage of UWE's Biz Idea competition earlier this year, with her idea of a social enterprise concept to use law-themed workshops to engage with young people on difficult social issues. “UWE and my lecturers continue to offer huge amounts of support even a year after graduating, which I greatly appreciate”.

Performances at 'Gloryfest 2011' will include Euphoria, a musical show choir that draws its inspiration from AmericanShow choirs; Jahazial, an urban gospel artiste with an international reputation; Celestine a jazz/soul singer with a hauntingly beautiful voice; Mariette Davina, a cross classical gospel singer, UWE's very own Dr Edson Burton, a story teller and poet; the Community Sounds Ltd Community Gospel Choir; John Pearce, a jazz violinist; Sophie Hosken-Taylor, a singer guitarist and sensational 15 year old soloist Myrander Coleman.

Gloryfest 2011 is a collaborative event organised by BYEP - the Youth Empowerment Organisation, CSL - a local Arts Education Organisation and Barnardo's.

Tickets can be purchased through Colston Hall website or by calling 0117 922 3686

Ticket: £10 Adult, £5 Children U18


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