Concert remembers musician who died in 7/7 bomb attacks
A 24-YEAR-OLD Bristol musician who died in the London bomb attacks will be remembered in a musical concert.
Jenny Nicholson, pictured, who grew up in the city, was one of 56 people who were killed on July 7 2005.
Since the tragedy her mother, Julie Nicholson, who was then the priest in charge of St Aidan with St George church in Fir Tree Lane, St George, has written a book about her heartache titled A Song For Jenny.
The concert which will take place on Sunday, October 21, is a musical response to the book and will be performed at Horfield Parish Church.
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In the book Ms Nicholson tells her story of heartbreak and how she struggled to comprehend the tragedy – her sorrow and longing for her daughter turning to rage and anger.
Finding herself unable to articulate the three parts of the Eucharist: peace, reconciliation and forgiveness, because she "felt so far from those herself", she made the difficult decision to resign her role, unable to reconcile her feelings with her position. She has continued working with the church, in a youth arts project.
Now saxophonist Christian Forshaw puts a mother's grief to music in aid of the Jenny Nicholson Memorial Fund, which raises money to help music and drama students.
He said: "I was first introduced to Julie in the immediate aftermath of that event. She contacted me to ask if she might use one of my pieces (Mortal Flesh) as part of Jenny's funeral service in Bristol Cathedral.
"The writing and recording of this disc has been a five year process – refining the material through live performances until it felt ready. The songs with words are all settings of texts quoted in the book or included in Jenny's funeral service. The songs without words are a more visceral response to having read and re-read the book: sorrow, questioning, anger, despair, grief, memory, love."
The concert is at 7.30pm at the church on Wellington Hill. Grace Davidson, Akexander Mason and Rob Farrer complete the sanctuary ensemble. Tickets cost £12 from 0871 230 0010 or www.christianforshaw.com/boxoffice.