"The Joyful Hearts" ensemble will perform a charity concert in Vilnius, Lithuania

"The Joyful Hearts" ensemble will be excited to meet the audience during a charitable concert to be held at 18:00 on December 23, 2016 at Jono Basanavičiaus g. 18, Vilnius, (St Constantine & Michael Church).  The admission is free for all to enjoy!

The sisters of St. Elisabeth Convent have carried out their ministry in several boarding homes for mentally challenged adults and children with special needs for about twenty years. They provide art therapy, do handicrafts, and organise theatrical performances. There is an ensemble named "The Joyful Hearts" directed by Nun Sophia. Its participants live in one of the boarding homes for people with special needs, many of whom have special talents, too. In spite of their physical and mental disabilities, they never give up. Their creativity always comes to the rescue. The members of this ensemble found themselves in the boarding home at difficult moments of their lives. However, they are united in their desire to stand up strong and make other people happy. "The Joyful Hearts" ensemble is an essential part of their lives. It is here that they find inspiration, boost their creativity, make friends, and support one another.

Andrei Natalchuk, a soloist of the ensemble, is blind. He cannot see this world but he can sense it perfectly with his heart. He expresses his emotions in songs.
-    I like all songs, - he says. – There is no such thing as a song that is not my favourite one. Each song has a soul, and each of them is fabulous in its own right!

Helena Zakharevskaya, another soloist of the ensemble, shared her secret dream with us. “I like performing – people applaud, and it is so encouraging! I would like to visit France so much! I would like to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris, to climb it and to look at the city! I would also love to talk with people who live there. Each trip is something to remember: new friends and new moments to cherish.”

"The Joyful Hearts" have already toured Russia with charitable concerts. Now they will hopefully visit Europe on their Singing Hearts tour with visa support provided by the Embassy of France in Belarus. The members of the ensemble would like to thank the Rev Konstantin Lazukin for his assistance in organising their Advent concert tour in Vilnius.

Learn more about "The Joyful Hearts" ensemble here.