Singers raise cash for 2 Surrey charities at ‘Be A Light’ concert June 8

Aequitas Singers return to Fleetwood church where the choir rehearses
Aequitas Singers perform during a benefit concert in 2023. (Photo:

With song, a Surrey social justice choir raise money for a pair of local charities.

The 28-voice Aequitas Singers have made benefit concerts an annual tradition at Northwood United Church, where “Be A Light” is planned Saturday, June 8, starting at 7 p.m.

This year’s beneficiaries are Surrey Women’s Centre and The PLOT Community Sharing Garden in Newton, and the concert will feature 10 songs that reflect the concert title.

“All the selections focus on making a positive difference in the world,” explained Yvonne Gamelin, Aequitas Singers member.

“The songs range from much loved, very recognizable pieces to those that are lesser known. All of our song choices have an optimistic, inspirational message. Both our beneficiaries will speak about the work they do to improve lives within the community of Surrey.”

Advance tickets are sold on for $20, or $15 for seniors/kids 12 and under. In Fleetwood, Northwood United Church is at 8855 156 St.

Founded in 2013, the Silvia Grassi-directed Aequitas Singers rehearse at the church on Tuesday evenings, September to June.

Last year, the choir performed a ““Love Can Build a Bridge” benefit concert for Read Surrey White Rock Society, Phoenix Society Treatment Services & Programs Society and Pathfinder Youth Society. A year before that, in June 2022, a “Finding Colours in the Grey” concert was the choir’s first public performance since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2021, Aequitas Singers pivoted to Zoom rehearsals and recorded “Tiny Lights,” a song written by Coco Love Alcorn. The digital project involved individual recordings of choir members edited together by sound engineer Lee Garrido.

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