MMHS worker Godfried Addo hit just the right note when he took part in a major seasonal TV programme over the Easter holidays.
Godfried, who is Property Services Director with the Society, is part of the Ghanaian Methodist Fellowship choir (pictured) who sang on popular TV cook Mary Berry’s show Easter Feast.
HEART AND SOUL
‘It was pretty good,’ said Godfried. ‘At the time of recording we weren’t too sure what was going to be included in the programme. But we knew our contribution was to be used for the introduction.’
TV productions are usually filmed well in advance of transmission date. So the choir had been asked to stage an Easter celebration event back in February. They rose to the challenge and put heart and soul into the filming for production company Shine TV.
‘The church was packed,’ said chaplain Rev William Davis. ‘It was a wonderful service. Two hundred people were there. It went very well.’ They sang, danced and waved their handkerchiefs – and didn’t hold back!
Even though it was brief, the edited clip was full of energy when it was shown on the BBC Two programme during Holy Week. ‘We made Easter arrive early,’ said Godfried, ‘and created just the right atmosphere.’
The two-part series showed food writer and presenter Mary Berry (pictured) as more than just a woman of flans and fairy cakes. She explored the foods that bring together different Christian communities on Easter Sunday.
Mary shared her favourite Easter recipes including – hot cross buns, simnel cake and roast lamb. She learned how every Christian community and culture – from Russians to Filipinos, from Caribbeans to Italians – has its own way of commemorating this most important festival.
The Ghanaian Methodist Fellowship Chaplaincy choir was reformed in its current structure in 2013 and now has more than 40 members. Membership is made up of people from Methodist churches across London (Photo of Mary Berry BBC/Shine TV/Craig Harman. Mary Berry’s Easter Feast can be viewed on iPlayer).