Gerry is a very talented Catholic poet who has a magical knack of putting his words to music. He has written songs in most styles from Country to ballads which appeal to all tastes and ages. In the past few years he has performed almost 300 concerts for Catholic Charities in parishes throughout the UK.

Press Releases

January 2012

Heart Gives Unto Heart Catholic Internet Radio will be based at St John's Seminary, Wonersh, near Guildford. It will start broadcasting in the Spring. In March we will also be opening a new recording studio there which will be available for Catholic singers, musicians and with a special welcome to parish choirs.
Over the next few weeks Gerry will be announcing another nationwide concert tour where you will have the opportunity to meet Gerry to discuss the radio station and find out how you could become involved. All are welcome - come and hear about the exciting plans and developments for our Catholic Community Internet Radio. GET INVOLVED - JOIN IN - HAVE FUN and HELP with this exciting venture.

November 2011

HeartGivesUntoHeart Internet Radio will be based at St John's Seminary, Wonersh, near Guildford. It will start broadcasting in the Spring. St John's is holding an open day on Sunday 27th November from 2.30pm. All are welcome - come and hear about the exciting plans and developments for our Catholic Community Internet Radio.

August 2011


Suggested entries for Parish Bulletin
Heart Gives Unto Heart Catholic Radio
As you know, I shall be coming to your parish in the near future to give a concert and, in response to requests from other Parish Priests, I'm enclosing some sample entries for use in Weekly Parish Bulletins-Newsletters.

"Gerry Coates, Catholic Singer Poet and Broadcaster will be performing at our Parish Hall on ( insert date and time) as part of a UK Catholic church concert tour in aid of CAFOD As Catholics we should be proud of the work of CAFOD as shown in their typical fast response in the recent crisis in Africa ADMISSION IS FREE.
Gerry has six CDs and Poetry books of his original material published about life as a Catholic and performs his music in many styles to suit all tastes. See Gerry's website www.gerrycoates.com for further details.
There will also be a Catholic Art Exhibition on display and also an opportunity to find out more about the daily CATHOLIC Radio Station due to commence broadcasting early in 2012. If you'd like to be involved, this is your chance to meet with Gerry who is actively seeking volunteer broadcasters and producers. Full training given - main requirement a little time and bags of enthusiasm!
Seat Reservations 020 8974 6590 or gerrycoates@blueyonder.co.uk or list in church porch."

"Gerry Coates brings his “Journey to the Light” acoustic concert tour to our parish on (insert date and time). Gerry's original songs are performed in many different styles to suit all tastes.
Described by some as a “foot tapping musical mission” Gerry's concerts support the work of CAFOD. We should be proud of the work of CAFOD as shown in their typical fast response in the recent crisis in Africa.
Admission is free See Gerry's website www.gerrycoates.com for further details.
Seat Reservations 020 8974 6590 or gerrycoates@blueyonder.co.uk or list in church porch."

“Journey to the Light Concert”
Gerry Coates popular Catholic Singer and Poet (comes/returns) to our Parish on (insert date and time) performing his Christian acoustic songs and poems.
As part of his never ending, (7 years to date) “Journey to the Light” church concert tour, Gerry will be including songs and poems from his 5th latest Christian CD and poetry book “Was God's Favourite Colour Blue?”. Our concert is in aid of CAFOD. As Catholics we should be proud of the work of CAFOD as shown in their typical recent response in the present crisis in East Africa. Admission is FREE.
There will also be a Catholic Art Exhibition on display and also an opportunity to find out more about the daily CATHOLIC Radio Station due to commence broadcasting early in 2012. If you'd like to be involved, this is your chance to meet with Gerry who is actively seeking volunteer broadcasters and producers. Full training given - main requirement a little time and bags of enthusiasm!
See Gerry's website www.gerrycoates.com for further details.
Seat Reservations 020 8974 6590 or gerrycoates@blueyonder.co.uk or list in church porch.

August 2011


Gerry announces new series of concerts to support CAFOD (and other charities) this autumn.
Al Concerts start at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall unless stated.
Al Concerts in aid of CAFOD for the Famine in E Africa unless stated.

Wed 17th Aug - REDHILL: St Joseph's, 122 Ladbroke Grove, RH1 1LF
Sat 10th Sep - HAM: St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Ham Street, TW10 7HT
Fri 16th Sep - HARLOW: Our Lady of Fatima Parish Hall, Howard Way,CM20 2NS
Sun 18th Sep - FAVERSHAM: Our Lady of St Carmel, Tanners St, ME13 7JW
Fri 23rd Sep - EPSOM: St Joseph's, St Margaret Drive, KT18 7JQ 7.30PM
Sat 24th Sep - TONBRIDGE: Corpus Christi, Fisher Hall, Lyons Crescent, TN9 1EY
Sun 25th Sep - EARLEY: Our Lady of Peace, Wokingham Rd, RG6 7DA
Fri 30th Sep - NEW BARNET: Mary Immaculate, 63 Somerset Rd, EN5 1RF
Sat 1st Oct - COULSDON: St Aidan, Chipstead Valley Rd, CR5 3DD
Sun 2nd Oct - TOOTING: St Boniface, 185 Mitcham Rd, SW17 9PG
Wed 5th Oct - NORTHAMPTON: Sacred Heart, Pyramid Close, Weston Favell, NN3 8DP
Fri 7th Oct - BURNTWOOD: St Joseph's, 1213 Cannock Rd, WS7 0BB
Sat 8th Oct - BOLTON: St Joseph, Horace Street, Halliwell BL1 3PU
Sun 9th Oct - MANCHESTER: St Ann's, 1043 Chester Road, Stretford, M32 8LF
Sat 15th Oct - CARDIFF: St Peters, St Peters St, CF24 3BA After evening Mass
Sun 16th Oct - SWANSEA: Sacred Heart Parish Centre, School Rd, Morriston, SA6 6HZ
Mon 17th Oct - CHELTENHAM: St Gregory, 10 St James Square, GL50 3PR 8.00pm
Tue 18th Oct - LEICESTER: St Patricks, 100 Beaumont Leys Lane, LE4 2BD
Wed 19th Oct - STAFFORD: St Austin, 82 Wolverhampton Rd, ST17 4AW
Fri 21st Oct - LINCOLN: St Hugh of Lincoln, Broadgate, LN2 5AQ
Sat 22nd Oct - NOTTINGHAM: St Pauls, Lenton Boulevard, NG7 2BY 7.00pm
Fri 28th Oct - FLEET: Our Lady, Connaught Rd, GU51 6JS
Sat 29th Oct - BOURNEMOUTH: The Annunciation, Charminster Rd, BH8 9RW
Sun 30th Oct - SOUTHAMPTON: St Edmunds, The Avenue, SO17 1XJ 7.45PM
Fri 4th Nov - FOREST GATE: St Anthony of Padua, Anthony Rd, E7 9QB
Sun 6th Nov - HITCHIN: 16 Nightingale Rd, SG5 1QS - In aid of Parish Congo Project
Fri 11th Nov - BEXLEYHEATH: St. John Vianney, 21 Heathfield Road, DA6 8NP
Sat 12th Nov - ANDOVER: St John the Baptist, Alexandra Rd, SP10 3AD
Fri 18th Nov - STRATFORD UPON AVON: St Gregory the Great, Welcombe Rd, CV37 6UJ
Sat 19th Nov - THORNTON HEATH: St Andrews, 45 Brook Rd, CR7 7RD 7.00PM
Tue 22nd Nov - GUILDFORD: St Josephs, 12 Eastgate Gardens, GU1 4AZ
Fri 25th Nov - HIGH WYCOMBE, St Edward Campion, Cedar Ave, HP15 7DW
Sat 26th Nov - EASTBOURNE: Christ the King, 3 Princes Rd, BN23 6HT 7.00pm
Thu 1st Dec - PIMLICO: Holy Apostles, Cumberland St, SW1V 4LY - In aid of the Cardinal Hume Centre for Young Homeless
Fri 2nd Dec - BRACKNELL: St Joseph, Stanley Walk, RG12 1HA
Sat 3rd Dec - HAYLING ISLAND: St Patricks, Manor Rd, PO11 0QU 7.00pm - In aid of the Parish Hall Kitchen Restoration Fund



April 2011

Catholic Radio Road Show latest:
“Don Maclean, Edwin Fawcett and Fr Stan Fortuna join the Roadshow”
Roadshow confirms 20 dates in cathedrals and cities throughout England. The Roadshow has been organized to showcase Catholic artistic talent, to promote Heart Gives Unto Heart Catholic Internet Radio and the profits will used to establish the Radio long-term.

December 2010

After successful launch of internet radio “Heart Gives Unto Heart” (HGUH) for the Papal Visit, Gerry announces a Catholic Road Show to visit over 30 towns in May/June/August 2011. A conference will be held at Southwark Cathedral on 5th February to organise the events. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Come along, have fun and help with this exciting venture.

7th October 2010

After success of “Heart Gives Unto Heart” Papal Visit Internet Radio Gerry announces new concert dates


Having taken 6 months off from Concerts in order to launch internet radio “Heart Gives Unto Heart” (HGUH) for the Visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Gerry hits the road again from early November when he undertakes a series of gigs mainly to support The Cardinal Hume Centre and The Passage, Catholic Homeless Charities.

Come along to them and let his music warm you up on a cold winter's night whilst helping those less fortunate who have to survive outside most nights this winter.
Gerry will also be telling all the inside stories from the radio station and explaining the obvious need for the station to become a full time operation to assist communication between all Catholics.

Gerry releases his latest new double CD, “Road to Salvation” to coincide with these tour dates, which has four songs commemorating the amazing visit to our shores of Pope Benedict.

Looking forward to meeting you all on the following dates

Saturday 6th November 10am “Towards Advent Exhibition” Westminster Cathedral Hall
Sunday 7th November 7.15pm St Michael & St Martin Parish Hall, 94 Bath Road, HOUNSLOW, TW3 3EH
Friday 12th November 7.30pm Holy Trinity Parish Hall, 40 BROOK GREEN, W6 7BL (West London Churches Homeless Concern)
Saturday 13th November Catholic Mental Health Conference DABCEC Crawley
Sunday 14th November 7.15pm The Sacred Heart of Jesus & St John the Evangelist, London Rd, BUSHEY, Watford, Herts WD23 1BA.
Saturday 20th November 7.30pm Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall, 4 Lady Margaret Road, KENTISH TOWN, NW5 2XT
Sunday 5th December 7.30pm St Sebastian and St Pancras Parish Hall, Hay Lane, KINGSBURY GREEN, NW9 0NG.
Tuesday 7th December The Holy Name Esher Catenian Dinner
Saturday 11th December 7.30pm St William of York Parish Hall, Brockley Park, FOREST HILL, SE23 1PS (Church Sound System Replacement Fund)

***Further dates to be announced soon***

25th June 2010

"Archbishop Peter Smith and Bishop Paul Hendricks welcome the launch of
“Heart Gives Unto Heart” Papal Visit Internet Radio Station
www. heartgivesuntoheart.co.uk


Media launch of “Heart Gives Unto Heart” Papal Visit Internet Radio Station was held at Archbishop Amigo Hall, St. George's Cathedral, Southwark [1], on June 25th.

The event was attended by Archbishop Peter Smith, Bishop Paul Hendricks, members of the Radio Station Steering Committee [2], and supported by numerous members of the Catholic Church.

Gerry Coates opened by singing ‘Pope Benedict is coming' [3] and guests were entertained by more original music, songs and poetry by students from St Anselm's School, Canterbury; St Edmunds School, Dover; and FuSE (a catholic British Filipino Band, prior to their appearance in the final of ‘Live and Unsigned' at the O2 in July).

This Catholic Internet Radio Station will broadcast 7am - midnight Tuesday 14th to Monday 20th September 2010 to provide a positive media voice to promote the Catholic Faith throughout the Papal Visit. The Station will provide live coverage by student reporters following the Pope on his historic visit. A wide variety of other programmes [4] will also be broadcast to appeal to a wide audience. Such features as Podcasts and ‘Listen Again' will be available.

The majority of these programmes will be produced by young students from Catholic senior schools [5]. This Radio Station is just part of a project to showcase the creative talent in young Catholics [6].

Bishop Paul said, "Over the past few years Gerry Coates has created various opportunities to display the talents of our young people, including poetry, song-writing and artwork. I've been delighted to see the enthusiasm and creativity with which they've responded. They have a great deal to say about their own experience of life, about their faith and about the issues which challenge us in the world today. A lot of what we see in the news media, advertising and entertainment is directed at young people, but their own views are not often heard. This new venture, an Internet Radio Station in which we hope to attract input from young people all over the country, is a chance for them to tell their own story -- particularly, in this initial week of broadcasting, focusing on their response to the visit of Pope Benedict. It is a great opportunity and I wish them every success.”

John Toryusen, Director of Southwark Catholic Youth Services added “This is an exciting Catholic youth community project, with opportunities for everyone to become involved. It may not have the polish of the BBC, but with Gerry involved, it will surely have plenty of razzmatazz!”

In the last 18 months, the project has published 5 poetry books containing the faith poems of over 3000 students. Musicians have been encouraged to put original music to these poems and 10 CDs are now in production. Over 350 students' paintings have been included in the first ever “Young Catholics Art Exhibition”, launched to much positive acclaim at the Edinburgh Arts Festival in August 2009.

It is hoped the Radio Station will become a permanent fixture by Easter 2011, broadcasting 24/7.

Images available: http://www.flickr.com/photos/41170288@N08/sets/72157624360541834/
Contact:
Gerry Coates: 020 8974 6590 07906 073376 gerrycoates@blueyonder.co.uk www.gerrycoates.com


[1] St George's Cathedral, Southwark, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HY

[2] “Heart Gives Unto Heart” Papal Visit Internet Radio Steering Committee:
Bishop Paul Hendricks, Southwark Diocese; Maureen Todd - Southwark Schools Commission; John Toryusen - Southwark Catholic Youth Services; Louise Perry - School Chaplain; Steve Hall - School Media Director; and Gerry Coates - Project Director.


[3] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx10lFmszWQ

[4] Papal Visit Coverage: Our student media team will be “On the Road” with Pope Benedict, including live interviews from all events. At the end of day there will be a Discussion Group to round up the day's events.
We will also host a Papal Photographic Competition on Radio website.
We are hoping to arrange for 2 students to interview Pope Benedict in Rome prior to his visit.
The Mass: Mass will be broadcast three times daily in addition to any Papal visit Masses. Recordings have already commenced, including an End of Mission Mass at West Hill, Wandsworth and a Confirmation Mass by Bishop Alan Hopes at Stephendale Road, Fulham. We also plan broadcasts such as the installation of Archbishop Peter Smith from Southwark Cathedral on 10th June 2010, through to a celebration of Mass on an oil tanker courtesy of The Apostleship of the Sea.
The Priesthood: Interviews with Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops, Priests, Sisters, Deacons, Parishioners and young Catholics. We will also look at the role of the Parish Priest, the Specialist Chaplains in Hospitals, Schools, Universities, Forces, Prisons, Youth and Missionaries.
Special Interest Programmes:
• Pope Benedict “From the Cradle to the Vatican” and “The Papal Journeys of Pope Benedict”
• The lives of Cardinal Newman, Pope John Paul and Mother Teresa
• Pilgrimage Destinations - Rome. Lourdes, Knock, Fatima and Walsingham and this years Passion Play in Oberammergau
• “Wheeling My Way Through Lourdes” - A view from a wheelchair
• “A Young Helper's Viewpoint” - helping the sick in Lourdes
• “Did St Paul Need A Visa” - the plight of migrants
• “Chastity in 2010” - Robert Colquhoun
• “God Shares My Doorway” - Cardinal Hume Centre
• Church and Mental Health issues
• “My God, Your God, Our God” - Multi-Faith Students Discussion
• Life in the “Vatican”, “A Seminary” and “A Convent”
• “Charismatic Renewal” -- Kristina Cooper, New Dawn Conference
• “I Can't Live Indoors” - The PASSAGE Homeless Charity
• “Church's Moral and Social Teaching: Difficulties in Understanding”
• “Hierarchy of the Church” - Role of the Pope, Bishops, Priest and Laity, and their responsibilities to society

How To Run Series…….
An Alpha Course - A Soup Kitchen - A Catholic Festival
“A Holy Picnic” Food for your soul! - “Declaring Your Faith Publicly”
A Radio Station (Well, we'll let you know in October!)
Celebrity Interviews: Childrens Faith programmes including:
“Freddie Fraggles” read by Fr Tim Buckley
“The Church Cat” by Fr J Chaloner

Daily Prayer
Morning and evening prayers are read by Barbara Mack
Daily prayer by Fr McBride
Daily Blessing From Fr Stan Fortuna and Fr Anthony Musala
Daily readings from the works of Rev John Wooley
Daily Requested Prayers for the Sick and those suffering from addictions, with names nominated by email

Work of Catholic Charities
CAFOD, Apostleship of the Sea, Street Child Africa, Catenians, Aid to the Church In Need, Sisters of Charity, St Vincent De Paul, etc

Faith Music Music Music - Showcasing Catholic Talent
Hymns from Traditional to Modern
Choirs from Choral to Hot Gospel, Rap to Folk
Rock to Country, Opera to Blues, Classical to Jazz
Catholic Festival and Conference Concerts
Choir” and “Battle of the Bands” Faith Music Competition

[5] School Participants
Harris Academy, South Norwood Holy Cross School, New Malden
Richard Challoner, New Malden St Philip Howard School, Bognor
Salesian School, Chertsey St Anselm's School, Canterbury
St Edmund's School, Dover St Francis Xavier College, Balham
St John Fisher School, Chatham St Philomena's School, Carshalton
Thomas More School, Purley Towers Convent, Upper Beeding
Ursuline High School, Wimbledon

[6] www.gerrycoates.com Tab: Search for Talent in Schools


5th May 2010

"Young Catholic Radio Radio Station Confirmed"



At a meeting in at St Anselm's Senior Catholic School today, chaired by Bishop Paul Hendricks, it was agreed to provide a taste of a permanent internet radio station in 2011, by commencing broadcasts for one week from 7am Tuesday 14th September until Monday midnight 20th September to cover the historic papal visit of Pope Benedict.

All programmes for broadcast will be produced by the amazingly talented students in our Senior Catholic schools. An “on the road” media team from St Anselm's will follow all the major events of the Pope's time in the U.K. Many other Catholic schools will be producing their own programmes for broadcast, fuller details of programmes will be released as fuller details of the Papal visit emerge.

Over the next few months, many parishes will have a visit from the production team to record over 20 masses for broadcast in September. For your own parish to be included please contact Gerry at gerrycoates@blueyonder.co.uk

Other exciting innovative programmes include:-
Pope Benedict- From the Cradle to The Vatican
Pope Benedict Travels and Pilgrimages
An in depth study of the life of Cardinal Henry John Newman
20th century figures for Sainthood e.g. Pope John Paul and Mother Teresa
School Choir and Bands “Faith” Music competition
A series of travel programmes to the major Catholic Pilgrimage centres
One to one interviews with leading figures in the Catholic Church
Publication of a limited edition book of original Catholic Faith Poetry written exclusively by senior Catholic students. One of which will be presented to Pope Benedict
Hourly papal visit news broadcasts

The committee assisting the students to launch this groundbreaking communications development at St Anselm's today was: Bishop Paul Hendricks, Maureen Todd (Southwark Schools Commission), John Toryusen (Southwark Catholic Youth Services), Louise Perry (St Anselm School Chaplain), Steve Hall (St Anselm School Media Director) and Gerry Coates.

March 2010

"Cafod Concert Review, St Laurence Catholic Church, Petersfield"


Gerry Coates came from Kingston on Thames to entertain parishioners at St Laurence's church hall recently. Invitations to the event had gone out to other churches in the area there was a great turn out.

"It was lovely to see so many people of all ages and from many different churches gathered together to be inspired and entertained buy this charismatic poet and musician," says Susanne Ashcroft of St Laurence's.

Gerry sang songs in many styles of music, some very funny, some very poignant. Several were based on his recent trip to Lourdes with his wife. He was very impressed with the teenage helpers there and felt that sometimes not enough is said about the many good things young people do for our communities.

Susanne adds: "As one of our audience said, he did not know what to expect but thanked Gerry for a thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking evening.

Gerry was holding this event to raise much needed funds for CAFOD, a Christian charity working to help the poor and disadvantaged around the world. His pot was bulging with notes at the end of the evening suggesting that despite the credit crunch there are people willing to dig deep and help those in desperate need.


March 2010

"Plans for a Young Catholic Internet Radio Stadion annouced as 5th book of student poetry is launched"



Plans for a new internet radio station aimed at Catholic young people was announced at a recent evening of music and poetry at St Anselm's Catholic School, Canterbury. The radio station will be run BY young people FOR young people. It will broadcast a mix of music and other programmes largely produced by students themselves.

The evening was held to launch a book of Christian poetry written entirely by students and staff at the School and was hosted by Bishop John Hine together with the Head, Mrs Quilty.
The evening also raised money and awareness for Street Child Africa, which is the leading UK charity devoted to helping street children across Africa. It works in partnership with African organisations who adopt a street-based approach to seek out and befriend street children.

February 2010

"Gerry announces more spring concerts to raise money for the Arundel and Brighton Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund"


Friday 19th March
ESHER: The Holy Name Parish Hall, 42 Arbrook Lane, KT10 9EE

Friday 26th March
WARLINGHAM: St Ambrose Parish Hall, Warren Park off Chapel Rd, CR6 9LD

Saturday 27th March
MOLESEY: St Barnabas Parish Hall, 28 Vine Road, KT8 9LF

Saturday 10th April
CRAWLEY: The Friary, Haslett Avenue West, RH10 1HR

Sunday 18th April
GUILDFORD: St Joseph's, 12 Eastgate Gardens, GU1 4AZ

Saturday 24th April
ENGLEFIELD GREEN: The Assumption of Our Lady, Harvest Rd, TW20 0QR

Concerts are free but will have a Retiring Collection in aid of the Arundel and Brighton Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund.

December 2009

2009 was a good year .....

November 2009


"Young school poets exceed dreams in producing 2 new poetry books"



The pupils of the Towers Convent School, Steyning and St Philomena's Catholic High School, Carshalton have produced 2 wonderful books of poetry full of inspiration for us all

Bishop Paul Hendricks was guest of honour on Thursday 26th November 2009, at the launch of the St Philomena's new faith poetry book, ‘Faith Revealed'.

Miss Haste had worked tirelessly with Catholic singer, songwriter and poet Gerry Coates, to publish the book in just over a month and a half. Gerry is passionate about developing an outlet for young Catholic talent in the arts and the publication of this book is another step in his search for poets, artists, musicians, singers and other artistic and musical talent in schools. Gerry gave a series of poetry workshops at the school with the view to the students publishing their work. During the workshops, students were actively encouraged to express their opinions on what having faith means to the average person in their high speed lives these days, and what will become of faith in future generations. The result is a stunning collection of over six hundred poems written by both students and staff at the school reflecting on their own personal faith.

August 2009


"Another of Gerry's dreams for Young Catholics comes to fruition this month during the Edinburgh Arts Festival."

"

U.K. Secrets proudly presents
The Young Catholics Art Exhibition
at the Sacred Heart Church in Lauriston Street, in the centre of Edinburgh, home to 1000s of visitors throughout the festival month of August.


Comprising over 300 works of art, by Catholic students in various senior schools [1].
All who have had a preview are amazed at the outstanding quality of the inspirational works on show.

Click here to see entries The exhibition will travel across the U.K. to various cathedrals, churches, Christian festivals and other Catholic events bringing the artistic talents of these young Catholic Artists to a location near you!

Especially exciting is the inclusion of the displays of work at Westminster Cathedral Hall as part of the “Towards Advent Exhibition 2009” which is scheduled to be opened by Archbishop Vincent Nicholls at 10.30am on November 14th.

In September, another part of Gerry's search for talent arrives when he releases the debut CD of “Highway 3”, titled “Corridors of Learning”. Highway 3 are three 15 year old students at Salesian Catholic School in Chertsey, Surrey who wrote most of the Christian material for the album.

If you are a young Catholic songwriter musician or band performing your own Christian music material then contact us now, you could be in the studio recording your debut CD before you know it!

Christian Poetry Books, CDs and Art Exhibitions what next?

Well, be ready for Catholic School Radio Stations to commence broadcasting in 2010, Rock On!

And Gerry will be announcing his own autumn/winter tour “ Journey To The Light” concert dates in the very near future and has been in the studio commencing work on his new album scheduled for a February 2010 release date.

[1] Arundel and Brighton Diocese
St Philip Howard High School, Barnham
Salesian School, Chertsey
St Richards Catholic College, Bexhill
The Towers Convent School, Steyning
Birmingham Diocese
Cardinal Newman School, Coventry
Portsmouth Diocese
St Mary's School, Ascot
Southwark Diocese
Coloma Convent Girls School, Croydon
Richard Challoner School, New Malden
St Anselm's Catholic School, Canterbury
St John Fisher Catholic Comprehensive School, Chatham
St Philomena's Catholic High School, Carshalton
St Simon Stock School, Maidstone


June 2009


"Travelling Art Exhibition of young Artists visits Edinburgh Festival"



An art exhibition of over 250 works of art produced by young catholic school students from across England is going on show in Edinburgh at the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart for the Edinburgh Festival [1]. During the week of the exhibition [22nd - 28th August ] Gerry will perform several acoustic concerts of his music and poetry. For full details see www.gerrycoates.com. Afterwards, the exhibition is scheduled to visit Kingston, Westminster (‘Towards Advent 2009' in Novemeber which will be opened by Archbishop Nichols) and to a parish church near you!

The exhibition includes pictures, drawings, photographs and sculpture. Every item is the work of students from schools in Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Berkshire and Coventry [2]. A vast variety of ideas are represented from portraits to collage and sculpture. Prints and originals are available for sale.

The man behind the idea is Gerry Coates who is passionate about developing an outlet for young Catholic talent in the arts. He is anxious to encourage young people in our catholic schools to produce pictures and other works of art, and for poets, singers, musicians, and actors to become involved to generate a Catholic creative ‘industry' which rival those in other Christian denominations.

This is another step for Gerry's one man crusade to put our catholic youngsters with artistic talent ‘on the map' and provide them with an outlet for their creativity. He hopes that this will help them deepen their faith, express their ideas, and also give them the opportunity to develop a career. He feels that it is also an opportunity for the older members of parishes and Catholic decision makers to hear what these motivated youngsters think about their faith and God!

Gerry has already been instrumental in the production of two school Christian poetry books. One has been written by students at the Richard Challoner School in New Maldon and the other by Salesian School, Chertsey. Over 6 other schools are currently in the process of producing poetry books. A CD has been recorded by ‘Highway 3', 3 students at Salesian School and is due for release in early September. Plans are in place to record many more Catholic Youth Groups and also for a Catholic Youth Radio Station.

If you have experience in the creative arts and would like to help this vision develop further, please contact Gerry via his website www.gerrycoates.com or call 020 8974 6590


[1] Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh, EH3 9DJ. 0131 229 9104
Art Exhibition 22nd - 28th August
Sat 22nd /Sun 23rd 10 am - 8 pm
Mon 24th /Wed 26th /Thur 27th / Fri 28th 11 am - 8 pm
Tuesday 25th 3 pm - 8 pm
Live Concerts
Sat 22nd 11.45 am, 5.30 pm, 7.30 pm
Sun 23rd 10.45 am, 6.30 pm
Mon 24th /Wed 26th /Thur 27th / Fri 28th 1 pm - 6.30 pm
Tuesday 25th 4 pm - 6.30 pm

[2] Arundel and Brighton Diocese
St Philip Howard High School, Barnham
Salesian School, Chertsey
St Richards Catholic College, Bexhill
The Towers Convent School, Steyning
Birmingham Diocese
Cardinal Newman School, Coventry
Portsmouth Diocese
St Mary's School, Ascot
Southwark Diocese
Coloma Convent Girls School, Croydon
Richard Challoner School, New Malden
St Anselm's Catholic School, Canterbury
St John Fisher Catholic Comprehensive School, Chatham
St Philomena's Catholic High School, Carshalton
St Simon Stock School, Maidstone

January 2009


"Gerry Coates announces more concerts in aid of CAFOD, Arundel & Brighton Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund, and various other parish charities"


Gerry has just revealed a further massive programme of FREE concerts in Westminster, Southwark, Arundel & Brighton and Portsmouth dioceses. See Concert Schedule for a concert near you! The concerts are FREE and designed to raise funds for a number of charities.

Sat 17th Jan 7.30 pm: ARUNDEL: St Mary's Hall, Cathedral Parish of Our Lady **
Sat 24th Jan 7.30 pm: GODALMING: St Edmonds Catholic School Hall.**
Sat 31st Jan 7.30 pm: BOSTALL PARK: St Thomas More *
Sat 7th Feb 7.30 pm: ASHTEAD: St Michael's Parish Hall **
Sat 21st Feb 7.30pm: CATFORD: Holy Cross Hartley Hall Parish Community Centre*
Fri 27th Feb 7.30 pm: PETERSFIELD: St Laurence Parish Hall*
Sat 28th Feb 7.30 pm: HORLEY: English Martyrs Parish Hall **
Sun 1st Mar 7.15pm: St LEONARDS: St Thomas of Canterbury Centenary Hall**
Tue 3rd Mar 7.30pm: FARNBOROUGH: Our Lady Queen of Angels (Salesian Lourdes)
Sun 8th Mar 7.30pm: KENTISH TOWN: Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall*
Sat 14th Mar 7.15 pm: PETTS WOOD: St James the Great, *
Mon 16th Mar 7.30pm: WORTHING: St Mary Of Angels Parish Centre**
Fri 20th Mar 7.15pm: TOLLINGTON PARK: St Mellitus Parish Hall*
Sat 21st Mar 7.15 pm: GUILDFORD: St Joseph Parish Centre **
Wed 25th Mar 7.30: SOMERSTOWN-EUSTON: St Aloysius Parish Centre*
Thu 26th Mar 7.30pm: WANTAGE: St John Vianney Centre (Hungerford Church Fund)
Sat 28th Mar 7.30pm: CHATHAM: St Michael the Archangel*
Sun 29th Mar 7.30pm: HARROW ON THE HILL: Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury*
Sat 4th Apr 7.15pm: HOUNSLOW: SS Michael & Martin Parish Centre*
Sun 5th Apr 6.30pm: PALMERS GREEN: St Monica Parish Centre*
Sat 18th Apr 7.00 pm: BURGESS HILL: St Wilfrid's Parish Hall (Church Redecoration)
Thu 23rd Apr 7.30 pm: BARNET: Mary Immaculate Parish Centre *
Fri 24th Apr 7.45 pm: STEYNING: Christ the King Parish Room **
Sat 25th Apr 7.15pm: TADWORTH: St John the EvangelistParish Hall**
Sun 26th Apr 7.15pm: HILLINGDON: St Bernadette Parish Hall*
Wed 29th Apr 7.30pm: WALTON ON THAMES: St Erconwald Parish Hall**
Thu 30th Apr 7.30pm: BRACKNELL: St Joseph's Church Hall
Thu 14th May 7.30 pm: PLUMSTEAD: St Patrick's Social Club (Parish Refurbishment)
Fri 15thMay 7.30pm: FULHAM: Our Lady of Perpetual Help-Church Concert *
Sat 16th May 7.15 pm: DORKING: St Joseph Parish Hall**
Sat 6th Jun 7.30 pm: CATERHAM: Sacred Heart, Centenary Hall *
Sat 27th Jun 7.30pm: BIGGIN HILL: St Theresa of the Infant Jesus Hall*
Aug 3rd-7th: WALSINGHAM: New Dawn Conference Concert and Workshops
Aug 10th-24th: EDINBURGH: Fringe Festival Catholic Arts Exhibition
Sat 5th Sep 7.15pm: CLIFTONVILLE: St Anne Parish Hall*

Collection in aid of CAFOD * or
Arundel & Brighton Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund **

December 2008


"Second Book of Pupils' Poetry Launched"


The Salesian School, Chertsey held an evening of poetry and songs to launch the new book of poems by the pupils, entitled 'Your Faith in Our Hands'.

July 2008


"CAFOD benefits as Gerry Coates announces more acoustic Concerts of his own unique Songs and Poems"


Gerry Coates, Catholic Singer Songwriter and Poet, has just announced more FREE CONCERTS in the Portsmouth Diocese. Gerry is extending his Tour by popular demand to give his unique brand of entertainment in aid of CAFOD. He provides an evening of his own songs and poetry about God, the Church and Life. Always thought provoking, often funny, but always with a Christian message.

Saturday 6th Sep 7.15 pm: BRACKNELL
St Joseph, Stanley Walk, RG12 1GA

Friday 12th Sep 7.15 pm: WINCHESTER
St Peter, Milner Hall, Jewry St, SO23 8BW

Saturday 13th Sep 7.00 pm: HAYLING ISLAND
St Patrick, Manor Rd, PO11 0QU

Tuesday 16th Sep 7.15 pm: RYDE, ISLE OF WIGHT
St Mary, St Mary's Passage, High St, PO33 2RG

Thursday 18th Sep 7.15 pm: PORTSMOUTH CATHEDRAL
Discovery Centre, Edinburgh Rd, PO1 3HG

Friday 19th Sep 7.15 pm: NEWPORT, ISLE OF WIGHT
St Thomas of Canterbury, Pyle St, PO30 1UH

Saturday 20th Sep 7.30 pm: SOUTHAMPTON
St Boniface, 413 Shirley Rd, SO15 3JD

Friday 26th Sep 7.15 pm: MAIDENHEAD
St Joseph, Cookham Rd, SL6 7EG

Saturday 27th Sep 7.00 pm: ANDOVER
St John the Baptist, Alexandra Rd, SP10 3AD

Sunday 28th Sep 12 Noon: ALDERSHOT
St Joseph, Queens Rd, GU11 3UB

Sunday 28th Sep 6.00 pm: EARLEY
Our Lady of Peace, 338 Wokingham Rd, RG6 7DA

Thur 2nd Oct 7.15 pm: STUBBINGTON
Immaculate Conception, Bells Lane, PO14 2PL

June 2008


"Gerry Coates schedules more Acoustic Concerts of his own unique Songs and Poems in aid of CAFOD”



Gerry Coates, Catholic Singer Songwriter and Poet, has just announced another tour of acoustic concerts featuring his own songs and poems. The concerts will be held during July in parishes in the Arundel and Brighton Diocese. Gerry is returning by popular demand to give his unique brand of concerts. The concerts will raise money for CAFOD to buy equipment to bring clean, safe water to whole communities in Africa.

Tuesday 8th July 7.15 pm: FARNHAM:
St Joan's Parish Centre, 19 Tilford Road, GU9 8DJ

Saturday 12th July 7.15 pm: HAYWARDS HEATH
St Paul's Parish Hall, Hazlegrove Road, RH16 3PQ

Monday 14th July 7.30 pm: BRIGHTON
St John the Baptist Parish Hall, 2 Bristol Road BN2 1AP

Wednesday 16th July 7.00 pm: COULSDON
St Aidan Parish Hall, Chipstead Valley Road CR3 3DD

Thursday 17th July 7.00 pm: HERON'S GHYLL
St John the Evangelist Parish Hall, Nr Uckfield TN23 4BY

FRIDAY 18TH July: 7.15 pm HASTINGS
St Mary Star of the Sea Parish Hall, 1 High Street TN34 3EY

Saturday 19th July 7.00 pm: CRAWLEY:
St Francis of Assisi School Hall, Southgate Drive, RH10 6HD

Sunday 20th July 7.30 pm: HORSHAM
St John the Evangelist Parish Hall, 3 Springfield Road RH12 2PJ

June 2008


"Bishop Hendricks Launches Pupils' Poetry Book
“50 Years of Keeping Faith”



Bishop Hendricks was guest of honour at Richard Challoner School, Malden Manor on Monday 9th June 2008 to officially launch the publication of the book “50 Years of Keeping Faith”.

The unique book is an extraordinary collection of over 270 original poems written by the students reflecting their independent views on Christianity and the Catholic Church today.

The question “Where do the young people go?” is one of the most serious questions facing the church today. Here in this fine innovative publication, may lie some of the answers. In a series of poetry workshops held by Gerry Coates, Catholic singer songwriter and poet, the students were actively encouraged to express their honest opinions and were charged with an enormous responsibility that their answers could change and shape the future of the Catholic Church. With this weight on their shoulders, they responded magnificently with a maturity far beyond their years.

Bishop Hendricks praised the young poets by saying ‘For me, as a preacher and a pastor, it's fascinating to get an insight into where at least some of our young people are coming from, in terms of their experience of life and their perspective on the world. Congratulations to Gerry Coates for setting the project in motion, and to all those at Richard Challoner School who helped to make it a reality.

Headmaster, Tom Cahill, said ‘The words and thoughts of these young people accurately reflect the impact of daily life on them at our outstanding school.'

Gerry Coates said ‘We pray elders in the Church will read and reflect deeply on the students' thoughts. Sometimes we may find their words uncomfortable, but with conviction in this unique opportunity to voice their opinions, they have proudly signed their names to each of their poems.'

The Mayor of Kingston and other dignitaries attended the launch and met some of the poets, students and staff at the event.

Newsletter October 2007


"A Foot Tapping Musical Mission Coming Your Way -
Put the Christ Back into CHRISTmas"



Gerry Coates Roman Catholic Singer Songwriter Poet will be bringing his unique musical and poetical perspective on a Christian life to a Catholic Church Hall near you!

Between November 3rd and December 16th, Gerry's music will be reminding us all of the true value of Christmas. His poetry book and original musical “Put the CHRIST Back into CHRISTmas” were released last year and were enjoyed by readers and listeners nationwide. This “Foot tapping Musical Mission” will remind us all of Charitable Christian values of Advent and Christmas.

Gerry has produced a trilogy of original Christian poetry paperback books, entitled Beneath Gods Wind. The Shores of Heaven and Put the CHRIST Back into CHRISTmas. The theme of the series is “A Series of Poems from a Catholic to a Friend”. Gerry has also recorded three CDs to compliment each book. His previous concerts have been compared to a mission, as his poignant lyrics and prose leave the audience thinking deeply about their Christian faith, their lives and most dramatically, thinking about how they treat other people.

To compliment the current tour, he has recently produced a new book and CD entitled Journey to the Light which includes much of the material from his performances and much, much more.

Gerry's views are musically presented in a wide variety of foot tapping styles to suit everybody, and involve an amazing journey of emotions from tears to laughter. An evening to remember!


Gerry says
“Lets Put the CHRIST Back into CHRISTmas”



A couple of years ago,I was touring through the Midlands when I read in a local evening paper the local council had banned Christmas. The following night in that same town, I took great pride in opening my show with ”Lets Put the Christ Back into Christmas”. The audience response was emotional and made me determined to do my bit to ensure that no politically correct jobs-worth was ever going to destroy our Christian Christmas! I made my mind up there and then, that throughout Advent 2006 I would do my utmost to remind everybody of the true Christian meaning of Christmas. The tour was such a success that I am pleased, and proud, to have been asked to perform more concerts in 2007 in aid of the Cardinal Hume Centre for Young Homeless.

From NOVEMBER 3rd I will be touring the London area on a mission to bring the magic of Bethlehem, the Nativity Scenes and the birth of Jesus to everybody's doorstep. All procedes from the shows are in aid of charity.

I'm producing a road-show that will put the CHRIST back into CHRISTmas, no one will be offended, everyone will rejoice in our joy of the celebration of the Birth of Jesus!

Please come and help me put the CHRIST BACK INTO CHRISTMAS!
Let's shout the message loud and clear on the highways and town centres of the UK.
I'm a one man band, which you are welcome to join and help in whatever way you can.



Put the CHRIST Back into CHRISTmas
Winter Acoustic Journey to the Light Tour Schedule


As at 22/10/2007

All concerts commence 7.30pm unless indicated
Fundraising for the Cardinal Hume Centre for Young Homeless in London


November 2007


SA 03 Brockley St Mary Magdelene Parish School Hall
SA 10 Walworth English Martyrs Parish Centre
FR 16 Ilford Catholic Club
SA 17 Hampton St Theodore of Canterbury Parish Centre
SU 18 Camberwell Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Hall
TH 22 Wimbledon Park Christ the King Parish Hall
FR 23 Edgware St Anthony of Padua Parish Centre
SA 24 Merton St John Fisher Parish Hall 7.00pm
SU 25 Wallington St Elphege Parish Scout Hall 6.45pm TBC
MO 26 Kentish Town Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall
TU 27 Northfields SS Peter and Paul Parish Centre
WE28 Euston Somerstown St Aloysius Parish Centre
TH 29 Hillingdon St Bernadette Parish Hall
FR 30 Greenford Our Lady of the Visitation Parish Centre


December 2007


SA 01 Streatham Hill SS Simon and Jude Parish Hall
SU 02 Hitchin Our Lady Immaculate and St Andrew Parish Hall 6.00pm
TU 04 Highgate St Joseph Parish Hall
TH 06 Barkingside St Augustine's Catholic Club
FR 07 Chessington St Catherine of Sienna Parish Hall
SA 08 Vauxhall St Anne Church
SU 09 Shoreham-on-Sea St Peters Parish Hall 7.00pm
WE 12 Cricklewood St Agnes Parish Hall
FR 14 Fulham Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Hall
SA 15 Westminster Cathedral Hall
SU 16 Harrow-on the Hill Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury Parish Hall

For further details contact
Gerry Coates
Singer Songwriter Poet
UK Secrets Publishing and Music
29 Park Road House Park Road Kingston Surrey KT2 6DG
Tel +44(0)208 974 6590 Mobile 077468 07394
E.mail: gerry.coates @talktalk.net Website:www. gerrycoates.com


Concert Review


Gerry Coates “Journey to the Light” Acoustic Concert Tour


Guernsey July 2006
Well, I'd been phoned from the mainland and told I just had to see this guy tonight. I don't always listen to my friends but that night I'm glad I did as instructed. Two guitars stand waiting on an empty stage, then Gerry strolled on wearing a shirt so bright yellow I wish I'd worn dark glasses! Am I going to be dazzled by the shirt or his music?

He opened with an amazing brand new song telling us “God is Everywhere” and without a pause introduced the second tune about his best pal and mate “Jesus is my Friend”. Gerry seemed to enjoying himself and started the first of many stories explaining the background to the foot tapping, almost reggae style of “The Beggar Wore Brand New Shoes”, the punch line of which was worth the journey to be here tonight alone. It was followed by a moving love song “Do You Remember Me?” about an elderly couple's day out when they were teenagers at the seaside in 1949. Any sadness or tears immediately disappeared as Gerry romps into a frantic version of “Who Are the Bank Robbers” a hilarious skit on banks and their appalling lack of customer service! Not forgetting their inexcusable role in Third World Debt. “Blind Man” followed: an emotional story of Gerry's encounter with a blind stranger on a South Texan Beach. I was walking on that beach with Gerry by the end of the first verse. He pulled me through a gamut of emotions, the songs twisting and turning in my mind.

Where Next? Gerry's answer was the slums of Mexico City and Calcutta and a plaintive ballad about the inspirational work of Mother Teresa. Next we were off to the States and the fast moving story of the injustice served on a young man as “He Stopped to Help an Old Man“ and his conversations with Jesus in a death row cell. A rocking “Lead Me To Heaven” was followed by Gerry using his acoustic guitar as an African drum as he closed the first half with an amazing story of a journey to a poverty filled village in Mombasa and his encounters with the contentment of the unspoiled children in “Hand of a Child”.

I was wondering do I need my passport to get through the second half?

Second Half



Like the interval bell at the theatre, the thundering chords of “Beneath Gods Wind” found me racing back to my seat. Reminding us again of Gods presence throughout the world Gerry followed up with the fastest ever spoken version of “Our Father” you're ever likely to hear, no disrespect here just a reminder to “Slowdown” in our lives and especially in our prayers to God. Another brand new song “The Young Priest came to the Parish” - the story of the wind of change which we have to strive to accept in order to progress. Followed by a poem about the election of Pope Benedict Gerry reminded us in song of the amazing life of Pope John Paul. “Message From Heaven” followed, a plaintive song, I heard Gerry singing after communion at Mass last Sunday. “Beggar in a Church Doorway” asked directly about our charitable abilities and our responses in a face to face situation of someone needing our help! We were then asked to pray not to God, but for God for his disappointments with some of our actions here on Earth none the less so, than the title of this song “They're Killing in Bethlehem”. “Have You Ever Seen A Miracle” reminds us that we in fact see miracles every day of our lives and ran straight in to “Forgiveness” a fast styled twangy, finger picking, country song.

Gerry rounded off the evening with “The Greatest Gift” a reggae/calypso song about the wonderful work done by our priests and nuns. “I'll Remember You In My Prayers” finally closes an evening that's given me much to think about! His music was a mixture of influences from Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, ZZ Top, Bob Marley, Willie Nelson and Harry Belafonte. Gerry was seated throughout the entire concert creating an informal, intimate atmosphere almost like “sitting round the camp fire”.

Throughout the evening Gerry interspersed the songs with a selection of his poems from his trilogy of books, ”A Series of Poems From a Catholic to a Friend”. I went home with all three titles. It s the only way to remind myself of all the journeys Gerry's music took me on that night!

If you hear Gerry's heading your way pop along and try his music out, something for everyone and so many messages and reminders about living our Christian lives.



12th June 2006

Gerry Coates hits the road again with a series of free concerts

Journey to the Light Summer Tour 2006
Gerry Coates in Concert
Catholic Singer Songwriter Poet
Fundraising for Catholic Charities


Gerry Coates, Catholic singer songwriter and poet hits the road throughout England Wales and the Channel Islands, in aid of Catholic Charities during June, July and August 2006 with a series of free concerts.

Described as a “foot tapping musical mission”, Gerry leads the audience through a contrast of experiences about God, the Church, Life and above all Caring for Others in Need, in an evening of his own original material.

Will you walk past a Beggar in the street or fail to stop to help a Senior Citizen ever again?, I doubt it! Not with the words of two of Gerry's most poignant songs ringing in your ears.

Gerry's nightly opening song tells us were all “Going to Heaven” before including songs about Miracles, Forgiveness, Friendship, Poverty, Messages from Heaven, Peace, Martyrdom, Faith and the Priesthood, always explaining where and how the songs came about in fascinating stories. He provides a mixture of tears and laughter, a gamut of emotions in a fast moving show, which never seems to be in a rush. In fact Gerry's casual relaxed style, brings an intimate atmosphere to the concert stage which gives these evenings a unique opportunity to perhaps reflect on one's own life.

Admission to all concerts is FREE.

The following Charities will benefit from the dates listed below:-
Apostleship of the Sea
Bristol Catholic Children's Society
CAFOD
Cardinal Hume Centre for the Young Homeless
Marist Fathers Mission
Nugent Care Society
Palestine Schools Appeal
The Sick Pilgrim Fund
Various Parish Fundraising Needs
White Fathers Missions
Zoe's Place “Life” Baby Hospices

Journey to the Light Summer Tour 2006

June 2006


16 Hull Our Lady of Lourdes & St Peter Chanel 7.30pm The Sick Pilgrim Fund
19 Liverpool St Agnes 8.30pm Nugent Care
21 Blackburn Sacred Heart & St Anne 7.30pm CAFOD
22 Preston St Augustine of Canterbury 7.30pm TBA
23 Blackpool Christ the King 8.00pm Zoe's Place Childrens Hospice
24 Sheffield Saint William of York 8.00pm CAFOD
25 Lancaster Cathedral Church of St Peter 12 Noon Friends of the Cathedral
26 Manchester St Ann 8.00pm CAFOD
27 Bolton St Joseph 7.30pm TBA
July 2006
1 Birmingham St Anne 1.10pm Church Fund
2 Bristol Sacred Heart 7.30pm Catholic Children's Society
7 Clapham Park St Bede 7.30pm Cardinal Hume Centre
9 Shoreham St Peter 8.00pm Apostleship of the Sea
12 Guernsey St Josephs 7.00pm Palestine Schools
19 Guernsey St Josephs 7.00pm Palestine Schools
August 2006
1-4 Walsingham New Dawn Poetry and Song Writing Workshop
October 2006
20 HarrogateChristian Resource Exhibition


19th November 2005

Catholic Poet publishes trilogy of Christian poetry books and musical CDs

Gerry Coates, singer, songwriter and poet has just written and published a trilogy of Christian poetry books and musical CDs, called
Put the CHRIST back into CHRISTMAS;
The Shores of Heaven; and
Beneath God's Wind.


Each book contains over 200 poems covering his views on God, the Church and the ever-changing world of Christian worship and his own Roman Catholic upbringing.

The poems have been described as witty, innovative, thought provoking and often showing a completely different perspective on faith.

Gerry is a very talented poet who has a magical knack of putting his words to music. He has written songs in most styles from Country to ballads, which appeal to all tastes and ages. His views are musically presented in a wide variety of foot tapping styles to suit everybody, and involve an amazing journey of emotions from tears to laughter.

Gerry has just completed a series of concerts in the London area (in aid of The Passage Homeless Centre, Westminster). On Wednesday 30th November, he starts a tour of 4 concerts in Birmingham in aid of the Catholic Blind Society [1]. His concerts feature his original songs and poetry and have been compared to a musical mission, as his poignant lyrics and prose leave the audience thinking deeply about their Christian faith, their lives and most dramatically, thinking about how they treat other people.

A fourth CD, Waiting at the Gates, will be available in Spring 2006.

Contact Gerry Coates
www.gerrycoates.com
gerry.coates@talktalk.net
020 8974 6590


6th November 2005

Catholic poet and singer launches new books and performs concerts in London and Birmingham

Gerry Coates
Catholic Singer, Songwriter and Poet
Concert tour featuring his Trilogy of original Christian Poetry Books and music CDs:

Put the CHRIST back into CHRISTMAS;
The Shores of Heaven; and
Beneath God's Wind.


Gerry is giving a series of concerts in the London area (in aid of the Passage, Westminster) and Birmingham (in aid of the Catholic Blind Society) [1] featuring his original songs and poetry. His previous concerts have been compared to a musical mission, as his poignant lyrics and prose leave the audience thinking deeply about their Christian faith, their lives and most dramatically, thinking about how they treat other people.

Gerry is a very talented poet who has a magical knack of putting his words to music. He has written songs in most styles from Country to ballads, which appeal to all tastes and ages. His views are musically presented in a wide variety of foot tapping styles to suit everybody, and involve an amazing journey of emotions from tears to laughter.

Each book contains over 200 poems covering his views on God, the Church and the ever-changing world of Christian worship and his own Roman Catholic upbringing.

Witty, innovative, thought provoking and often showing a completely different perspective on faith.

A fourth CD, Waiting at the Gates, will be available in Spring 2006.

Photo opportunity available - pictures on website
Contact Gerry Coates
www.gerrycoates.com
gerry.coates@talktalk.net
020 8974 6590



[1] Free Concerts as follows:

Journey to the Light Concert in aid of the Passage, Westminster


7.30 pm Tuesday 8th November St Ann's Church Hall, Kingston Hill
7.30 pm Wednesday 9th November: St John Vianney Church Hall, West Green Road, Tottenham N15
7.30 pm Thursday 10th November: Sacred Heart of Jesus, Camberwell New Road, SE5
7.30 pm Friday 11th November: Holy Apostles, Winchester Street, Pimlico
7.30 pm Sunday 13th November: Our Lady of Willesden, Acton Lane, Willesden
7.30 pm Tuesday 15th November: St Aloysius, Somers Town, 20 Phoenix Rd, Euston NW1 1TA
7.30 pm Friday 18th November: St Joseph's Retreat, Highgate Hill, N19 5NE
7.30 pm Saturday 19th November: Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury, Roxborough Park, Harrow on the Hill
7.30 pm Sunday 20th November: Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St George, London Road, Enfield
7.30 pm Monday 21st November: Sacred Heart of Jesus, Quex Road, Kilburn
7.30pm Friday 16th December: St Boniface, Mitcham Road, Tooting


Journey to the Light Concert in aid of the Catholic Blind Society

7.30pm Wednesday 30th November: St Francis, Handsworth, Birmingham
7.30pm Friday 2nd December: Sacred Heart, Stoke-on-Trent
7.30pm Saturday 3rd December: Our Lady of Fatima, Quinton, Birmingham
7.30pm Sunday 4th December: Christ the King, Coventry



Contact Gerry for further information.

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