Sunny is one of our lovely Cellists and members of All Souls Church. Full of enthusiasm, she teaches Cello to young children and lives at home in London with her husband and daughter, Hannah. Sunny tells us her story of how the All Souls Orchestra has richly blessed her and her family.
“Born in South Korea, I grew up in a Christian family and studied music taught by Christian Professors in Seoul. On Christmas Eve in 1985 I got my first opportunity to play Cello at my best friend’s Church for a Nativity play. I began to play regularly and found it such a pleasure playing not only in my own Church, but those of my friends and teachers too. However, although I enjoyed playing in Church I did not know or find Jesus for myself.
In my 20’s I lost many things, including, a 7 year career as a musician. In 2003 I moved to London where my friend introduced me to All Souls Church. Despite my little English, I immediately felt at home on my first Sunday there and it wasn’t long before I became a member and offered my services as a Cellist. Not owning a Cello I quickly purchased a second hand one and began to play as part of the Sunday bands, and soon found myself on tours with the All Souls Orchestra.
It has been a huge privilege and joy to play in a variety of concerts and venues including the Sage Gateshead, Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Concert Hall, Glasgow and Liverpool. Through playing in the ASO, worshiping with such fantastic songs, and by God’s Grace, I came to know Jesus for myself! This inspirational ministry, which still amazes me, has taught me the power of the Holy Spirit through music. My eyes have been opened to all kinds of worship songs, old and new and I have met some unique and precious musicians. One of my favourite songs which still touches me every time I play or sing it, is Stuart Townend’s – The Lord’s my Shepherd.
However, one of my all time favourite Prom Praise events to be involved with has to be Prom Praise for Schools. Visiting schools in Suburban and Central London; teaching songs, singing alongside the children’s pure voices and then at the Royal Albert Hall with thousands of other children from around London has been an unforgettable experience. I invited some of my students and daughters friends, and they are already waiting for the next Prom Praise for Schools event. My daughter’s highlight and favourite song was ‘Your love will last forever’ by Bob Kauflin – a fantastic song showing kids how much God loves them, cares for them and how much he has done for them.
I am so grateful for the ministry of the All Souls Orchestra, for through it my faith has been made strong and continues to grow, especially in my family. Whenever I think about the ASO I feel blessed to have so many long standing friendships with members of the Orchestra, in Christ.”
Interested in bringing your children to Prom Praise 4 Schools at the Royal Albert Hall in March 2019? Registration is now open for schools!
In 2019, our next Prom Praise for Schools adventure will take us to the dusty desert of Egypt where we find the Israelites, suffering under back-breaking slavery with no means of escape. Schools can experience this creative multi-media re-telling of the Exodus story through RE, Music, Art and Dance. The concert on Tuesday 19 March takes place in the iconic Royal Albert Hall and will feature a live 80-piece Orchestra, soloists, and a special guest Storyteller. For more information to pass onto your local Primary school, visit www.prompraise4schools.com – Book early to avoid disappointment!