World-class trio Tenore perform at Saanich Baptist Church on June 7.

World-class trio Tenore perform at Saanich Baptist Church on June 7.

Tenore bring message of hope

Tenore perform June 7 at Saanich Baptist Church, 4347 Wilkinson Rd.

Three-time Gospel Music Association of Canada  award winners Tenore perform June 7 at Saanich Baptist Church, 4347 Wilkinson Rd.

The tenors are currently making their way home from Kampala, Uganda where they reminded the women and children of Watoto that they’ll never walk alone in their journey to change the future and bring about a new generation of leaders.

Watoto, which was founded by Gary and Marilyn Skinner, was initiated in response to the growing number of vulnerable and orphaned children in Uganda.

On their return, the tenors are embarking on a multi-city Canadian tour highlighting their work with Watoto and inspiring others with their music for change.

The trip to Uganda is a continuation of the vision of  Jill Ann Siemens, founder of The Tenors (previously known as The Canadian Tenors).

Her work has encompassed creating musical projects that help the world’s most needy and vulnerable children. Through a God-given inspiration and vision that is now being carried forward by The Tenors, millions of dollars have been raised in support of Bulembu International, a tiny town in Swaziland caring for orphaned and abandoned children.

After that successful endeavour, her dream of helping the world’s most vulnerable continued. Siemens had been looking for another similar opportunity where she could connect her latest project, Tenore, with a humanitarian organization which and found that opportunity with Watoto.

“Our overall mission is to bring joy and healing through our music and to get our hands dirty helping women and children,” Siemens said.

Tenore donates 10 per cent of all CD sales to Watoto and raises sponsorships at concerts.

The Victoria concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Children under 12 are free. Tickets are available at Christian Book & Music Store 250-384-7534, the Saanich Baptist Church 250-744-2020 and Ivy’s Books 250-598-2713.

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