Advent Day 8: The Heart and Soul Swing Band perform uplifting rendition of Joy To The World

For the eighth day of our Advent calendar, we dropped in on a rehearsal of the fabulous Heart and Soul Swing Band and asked them to perform a swing band rendition of Joy To The World for everyone across the Church of Scotland.

Nine members of the Heart and Soul Swing Band
The Heart and Soul Swing Band consists of Kirk ministers, elders and church members, who play a mix of spirituals, Gospel, blues, boogie-woogie and traditional church music in an entertaining and enjoyable way.

Through their performances at fundraising concerts over the past few years, the Heart and Soul Swing Band have so far raised an impressive £31,000 for the Church of Scotland’s HIV programme.

The programme aims to break the silence on HIV and AIDS, stand together with partner churches, offer practical support, speak up for the voiceless, and involve every member of the Church.

The funding from congregations and projects such as the Heart and Soul Swing Band help to support 16 projects in 13 countries, including Scotland.

Memorable musical and spiritual experience

Founded in 2013, the Heart and Soul Swing Band are a band based across Scotland’s central belt, made up of Kirk ministers, elders and church members, who play a mix of spirituals, Gospel, blues, boogie-woogie and traditional church music in an entertaining and enjoyable way.

Led by Rev Dr Robin Hill and mentored by Richard Michael, the band consists of a full rhythm section, brass, woodwind and two extremely talented singers.

Having played all over south and central areas from Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders, to Wellington in Glasgow, and Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, to the Caird Hall in Dundee, the band have built up experience delivering a memorable musical and spiritual experience which has become well known in the Church in Scotland.

In the video from today’s Advent calendar, singers Rev Joanne Hood and Rev Alex Shuttleworth, accompanied by the swing band, perform an uplifting rendition of Joy To The World during rehearsals.

Please put on the video's subtitles if you'd like to see the lyrics on-screen.

Joy To The World

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Joy To The World is the theme of the Church of Scotland's 2019 Advent calendar.

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Throughout the season, we'll bring you stories that highlight how church members around the country are celebrating the birth of Jesus and sharing their faith, hope and love with everyone in their communities.

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