Tyndale Thomas MBE
Tyndale has contributed greatly to the development and integration of Gospel/Inspirational music within the music industry, fusing Inspirational Gospel music with other world music genres.
Tyndale is currently the choir director of the Liverpool Harmonic Gospel Choir, One Voice Community Choir in Preston. He has worked in the capacity of director for the Harmonic Gospel Choir for over 15 years and has been instrumental in many high profile projects, such as the celebrations of Preston becoming a City in the Queen’s Jubilee year.
More recently Tyndale directed the opening ceremony for the Liverpool City of Culture at St Georges Hall also at the Liverpool Echo Arena, co-ordinating 300 singers
Further afield Tyndale is regularly invited to deliver workshops and direct mass choirs in throughout England and in Europe.
Over the past three years choirs, Music Services and arts organisations throughout the country have employed his experience and skills in song writing and have commissioned songs for a variety of purposes, from songs to sing in choral competitions to school anthems.
This song was commissioned by the National foundation for Youth Music as a part of their five year celebration. The song had to inspire and challenge young people and help build their experience in singing.
Peace All Over –
Was written to be included in an album in Germany. The choir was made of choir directors from across Germany.
Light a Candle –
Was performed at the Queens Jubilee celebration in Preston.
This song has been widely performed by groups and choirs throughout the UK and in Europe.
This song was commissioned by an international charity that supports and campaigns for women coping with physical and mental abuse.
In 2006 Tyndale was asked to come up with new arrangements and provide original material for a Gospel album entitled “The Best Gospel Album In The World Ever” this was a ground breaking commission as it was the first time that a major recording label funded the project. The album is released by Virgin Records.
Tyndale’s performing experience and skills take him all over the country and in Europe. He has supported and performed with nationally and internationally acclaimed artists Such as Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Rick Wakeman and gospel legends Andre Crouch, Richard Smallwood, Edwin Hawkins.
Tyndale creates and performs Gospel/inspirational music throughout the UK, Europe and America. A co-founding member of one of the first contemporary Gospel groups and choirs, The Challengers and The Merry bell Gospel Choir, he wrote, produced and arranged material for numerous tours from 1982 to 1992.
For eight years Tyndale was instrumental in establishing Urban Voice as a major force in music and song delivery in schools throughout the country. During this time Urban Voice created and produced learning material, and includes Nigerian, Arabic and Jamaican to support teachers of all music abilities to deliver music and singing in a creative way.
Tyndale has continued to build on his reputation as an ambassador for Gospel and inspirational music in this country and abroad, by initializing new working techniques, delivering music, singing and song writing workshops and seminars to people of all ages and from a diversity of cultures and abilities. In June 2008 Tyndale was awarded the MBE for his contribution in promoting Gospel and inspirational music.
Singing for me is Life!
KADRIA THOMAS Director, singer, songwriter
Between 1982 and 1992 Kadria sang with and wrote songs for The Challengers and the Merrybell Gospel Choir, two of the first contemporary Gospel groups in England. During this time supporting nationally and internationally acclaimed artists such as, Stevie Wonder, Foreigner and some of Gospel’s finest, The Clarke Sisters, Andre Crouch and Edwin Hawkins.
In 1999 Kadria, along with Tyndale Thomas co-founded Urban Voice who have since its formation developed a unique and special demand for Gospel music based education work in a variety of context, making them one of a few successful professional companies to provide music and singing to culturally diverse communities throughout the country and in Europe.
Between 2003 to the present day Kadria has directed multi-media productions for Urban Voice and other organisations in the Northwest, working on several projects. Two of the largest productions “Inquotation” a multi media music and singing production that accommodated 120 singers, 5 musicians and 10 dancers staged at the Bridgewater Hall and attracted an audience of over 2000 with nearly 90% representation from Asian, West Indian and African communities and Rhythm Of Life as a part of the Commonwealth Festival in 2002.
Kadria has been in post as choir director for the Accord Inspirational Gospel Choir since the year 2000 and is in post as choir director for the Soul Inspiration Choir which will be celebrating 5 year anniversary in October 2015.
Over the last 5 years Kadria has used her experience and skills in putting together music and singing programmes to encourage and motivate people. Her first invitation in 2002 was to speak and deliver a presentation at a conference for 200 women entitled Healing in the Music. Since then Kadria has been invited into prisons, community initiative events such as Mothers Against Guns, Every Child Matters. In 2012 Kadria was asked to lead and develop a music and singing therapy programme on behalf of The Pennine Care Trust, specifically to encourage individuals with mental health challenges, their cares and service providers within the Pennine Care Trust.
Her goal is to empower people through music and singing to achieve.