Benefit concert by Metropolitan Male Choir of SA to aid prisoners' children in Murray Bridge through Second Chances SA

Almost 300 families in Murray Bridge are split by the walls of a prison.

That can have a dreadful impact on the development of children growing up in such a household, Lutheran church elder Ian Kluge says.

With that in mind, and in their hearts, members of the combined churches of Murray Bridge have organised a benefit concert this Sunday to raise funds for an organisation which can help.

The Metropolitan Male Choir of SA will sing traditional, spiritual, popular and classical favourites at Murray Bridge Uniting Church from 2pm this Sunday in aid of Second Chances SA.

"Second Chances SA work to restore hope to the broken lives of prisoners, families and communities," Mr Kluge said.

"Support for children, in particular, is through helping them get education - school packs - advocacy and other programs Second Chances SA have available, so they have the best chance in life to achieve positive outcomes.

"As at December 2018 there were 291 affected children in the Murray Bridge area known to be in this area of need."

A representative of the organisation will explain more about its work at the concert.

Proceeds from the sale of tickets will be spent helping children in the Murray Bridge area.

An afternoon tea, included in the cost of a ticket, will be provided afterwards.

The Metropolitan Male Choir of SA performs at Murray Bridge Uniting Church in 2018. Photo: Metropolitan Male Choir of SA/Facebook.

The Metropolitan Male Choir of SA performs at Murray Bridge Uniting Church in 2018. Photo: Metropolitan Male Choir of SA/Facebook.

The choir's broad repertoire includes ballads such as What a Wonderful World, folk songs such as Danny Boy and Christian hymns such as Be Thou My Vision, as well as standards from jazz, opera, musicals and the Australian songbook presented in the Welsh choral style.

The ensemble traces its roots back to the 1920s, when Holden employees at Woodville who sang at their machines began gathering around the piano of the company's proprietor, James Holden, then soon after having their performances broadcast on Adelaide radio station 5CL.

It previously presented a program of Celtic songs in Murray Bridge in March of last year, another benefit concert organised by Murray Bridge Inter-Church Council to help families left struggling in the wake of the Thomas Foods International fire.

  • Tickets: $20 at the Church of Christ Christian Bookshop, Murray Bridge, or on the door ahead of a 2pm start on Sunday.
  • More information: Ian Kluge 0427 313 537.

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