MP3 Brian Rodford - African Christmas & Ukhismuz e-Africa/Ikrismes Yasa Afrika
The addition of the vibrant voices of a South African children''s choir and the unmistakable sound of authentic African percussion on a new recorded version of tenor singer Brian Rodford''s "African Christmas" gives new life to this modern holiday masterpie
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WORLD: African, NEW AGE: New Age
English tenor vocalist Brian Rodford appears to be at the pinnacle of his singing career with his two new breathtaking releases on JPMC Records, his impressive debut album "Sometimes a Story" and the brand new festive CD single "Afrcan Christmas."
These two recordings mark the apex of his singing career to date, but there''s no limit as to where his stirring voice could take him from here. Its been a long road to this point - he began his singing career at quite an early age, starting out in youth choirs in school while growing up in St. Albans, England, and quickly moving on to performances on Danish radio and German television as a tenor soloist with the St. Albans and District Youth Choirs. An ordained Anglican priest, he is also a church organist and worked as one during that period. He started singing lessons in 1974 under the tutelage of internationally acclaimed Lieder singer Kathleen Joyce and continued to work with her into the 1980s. With her guidance, he became a medallist and cup winner at eisteddfods and festivals in England and Wales with his lyrical tenor.
He has performed as a guest soloist at the University of Oxford, Jaqueline Du Pr�s Concert Hall, and at London�s Cafe Royal and also sang regularly as a guest with the prestigious Treharris Male Voice Choir and performed in "The Messiah" all around London. Rodford was ordained to the deaconate by The Rev. Robert Runcie, Bishop of St. Albans (who later became the Archbishop of Canterbury) in 1979 and became a priest the following year. He was also a member of the St. Albans Chamber Choir and sang semi-professionally as a solo tenor.
Rodford''s spirituality comes through strongly on all his recordings, and "Sometimes A Story" is no exception. He also recently composed several new pieces of spiritual music including "A Responsorial Setting of the Mass," "O Word of God," "O Guide Us Holy Spirit," all published by JPMC Books Inc.
While composing, writing poems, and performing remains Rodford''s passion, he has dedicated much of his energy to helping those in need. In 1995, he became Vicar at St. Matthew�s in the Diocese of London, an assignment that led him to work in Uganda for children orphaned because of AIDS and HIV. For his work, he became the Director of the Chain Foundation Uganda charity and was made a Canon of All Saints Cathedral in Kampala. He is currently on church assignment in Cape Town, South Africa but his volunteer work has taken him between Cape Town, London, and Kampala, Uganda for the past three years.