Southbank Centre did the gospel rock as thirty international and national choirs descended on this world-famous arts centre for LCGC’s 30 year anniversary over the bank holiday weekend of 4 to 6 May 2013.
Renowned gospel music artists and vocal coaches Priscilla Jones-Campbell, Daniel Thomas, Audrey Lawrence-Mattis, Stephanie Oyerinde, Ruth Waldron and Becky Thomas led expert workshops in choral singing, choir directing, solo singing and choir dynamics and techniques.
Visiting choirs had unique performance opportunities across Southbank Centre’s open-air stages over the weekend as part of Chorus, its annual singing festival, which kicked off the summer-long Festival of Neighbourhood with MasterCard.
On Sunday 5 May, LCGC celebrated with a celebrity concert featuring soul star Jocelyn Brown and XFactor finalist Jahmene Douglas, Joy Singers Choir (Italy), Harmony Gospel Choir (Manchester University) and 2020 (youth choir, London).
The concert climaxed with 1169 voices breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest gospel choir.
It was truly a magnificent weekend!
Choirs taking part were The BIG Sing Gospel Choir (Essex), The Soulful (Ireland), Godalming Community Gospel Choir (Surrey), Malå Gospel Choir (Sweden), Joy Singers Choir (Italy), The Line Up (Ireland), The B.I.G. Choir (London), Theatre Train (Waltham Forest and Basildon), 2020 (London), North Dublin Community Gospel Choir (Ireland), Mixed Melodyz Choir (London), One Nation (Sweden), One Voice Community Choir (Preston), William Morris School Gospel Choir (London), Harmony Gospel Choir (Manchester), Hallsville Primary School Choir (London), G-Tribe (London), Canterbury Christ Church University Gospel Choir (Kent), Morley Gospel Choir (London), Young Gospel Voice (Italy), Soul Symphony Community Choir (Surrey), The ACE Singers (London), Revelation Rock Choirs (UK), Singology Choir (London), Unity Gospel Choir (Devon), Peterborough Community Gospel Choir (Peterborough), Castlelyons Gospel Choir (Ireland), Love Gospel Love God (Essex), Oxford Gospel Choir (Oxford), Roma Gospel Voices (Italy) and hosts – London Community Gospel Choir.
“Thank you so much for your team’s epic contribution to the Chorus weekend! We are so glad the concert went so well for you, and deeply appreciative for the contributions of all your guest choirs who took such an active and enthusiastic part in the weekend as a whole and really added a huge and glorious layer to the activity on site.”
Neill Quinton, Southbank Centre
To learn more, visit the 30 Choir Festival website: 30choirfestival.com