The Revd John Barron, Vicar for High Spen and Rowland Gill in Gateshead in the Diocese of Durham is amongst the contestants that will feature in the BBC TV show â€˜The Voice’ this coming Saturday 9th January.
Revd John, 49, will be singing the song: â€˜This is the moment from the Show Jekyll & Hydeâ€™ on the first show of the new season. John is a keen singer who uses his musical talents to great effect both in his role as a Vicar in Church but also in support of a number of Charitable community and fundraising activities around the North East and wider afield.
John says: â€œI have always enjoyed singing and it has something that has been with me long before I was ordained into the Church of England.
â€œLast year I sang in a memorial concert for a much-loved church member with a local community singing group ‘The Gibside Singers’ raising money for Mothersâ€™ Union Prison projects. Â The previous year my eldest daughter Louise and I (who also sings musical theatre) held a Gala evening in St Barnabas Church (described in the promos as â€œa Gateshead West End venue”) and raised money to replace our church heating system.”
“Just before Christmas I did a cabaret evening over in Stanley and raised Â£100 towards our Christmas Appeal for DePaul and â€˜Changing Lives’ (this was part of over Â£2000 raised in December by the folks in our churches for charities that help people in poverty).
â€œAs well as singing hymns in church each Sunday, I enjoy singing musical theatre, classical, folk & opera. I enjoy listening to a variety of music – Iâ€™m open to singing all genres.
â€œI very much see singing as a way to further the work I do in the Church, reaching out to people in the community – which is core to our aim to grow the engagement of the church.Â This is part of what we do in the church – trying our best to use what God has given us to be a blessing to our communities.â€
Before being ordained in Durham in 2008, John worked in the city as a management consultant.