21 June 2012

THE public cafe at International Headquarters (IHQ) in London resounded with music during an impromptu performance by the Pasadena Tabernacle Youth Chorus. Diners from IHQ and members of the public enjoying a quiet lunch were caught by surprise when the young people from California, USA – many of them scattered around the cafe – burst into song, singing an a cappella version of 'Be Thou My Vision'. Among those enjoying the music was General Linda Bond, who was also treated to what she described as the 'best ever' version of 'Happy Birthday to You' – one day before her birthday.

Pasadena Tabernacle Youth Chorus in Cafe 101, IHQMembers of the 60-strong chorus, ranging in age from 13 to 30, were given tours of IHQ, helping them in their understanding of The Salvation Army's international mission.

The youth chorus was in London ahead of a mini-tour which will take in Salvation Army corps (churches) in Nottingham, Boscombe, Staines and Upper Norwood. Before touching down in the UK the young people had visited Finland and Estonia, leading worship and presenting concerts in various locations. They have been accompanied on their tour by USA Western Territory leaders Commissioners James and Carolyn Knaggs.

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Report by Kevin Sims, group photograph by Jooles Tostevin
Communications Section
International Headquarters