London Community Gospel Choir
We are delighted to announce that the London Community Gospel Choir will be joining us again for World Hunger Day 2012 on May 28. Learn More
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The London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) is largely recognised as the pioneer of Gospel music in the UK. It was founded in 1982 by the Reverend Bazil Meade with the assistance of Lawrence Johnson, Delroy Powell and John Francis.
Initially the idea was to stage a one-off concert. The 120-strong choir concert was staged before an audience of more than a thousand and what started as a one-off event soon matured into a legacy of 25 years travelling and performing worldwide.
Meade explains: “We were formed from those who were passionate about their faith and were willing to take gospel music into venues that many churches at that time dared not enter.”
They are often described as adaptable, flexible and dynamic melodies with rich harmonies whether they are performing as an octet or a 30-strong choir. London Community Gospel Choir is known for their funk-flavoured gospel flair, swing-beat, R’n'B, traditional and soulful arrangements, with invigorating choreography and vocal gymnastics.
They recorded a version of the OutKast hit “Hey Ya!” with Razorlight (the B-side to their single “Vice”); featured on Will Young’s debut album, From Now On, and sang on Blur’s hit, “Tender”. They also provided backing vocals on the Erasure self-titled album Erasure (1995) and throughout the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (2005) double album Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus. They also performed in the songs Don’t Get Lost in Heaven and Demon Days on the Gorillaz’ Demon Days album. The choir has also recorded with Paul McCartney, Elton John, Westlife, Tori Amos and Madonna. They gained a worldwide audience as the backing choir turned out head-to-toe in white for Madonna’s Live 8 performance of her hit single Like A Prayer.
In 2009 they recorded a charity single for War Child along with other major UK stars such as Pixie Lott, N-Dubz, Tinchy Stryder and V.V Brown named ‘I Got Soul’. On 25th October 2009 the single reached Number 10 in the UK Singles Chart giving London Community Gospel Choir, their first top ten hit.
Controversial, Professional, Energetic, Inspiring and Spirit-filled! Whatever adjective you choose to describe the sound and vision of the London Community Gospel Choir, “there ain’t no stopping them now”. They will continue to go where angels fear to tread.
LCGC & World Hunger Day
The London Community Gospel Choir performed at the first World Hunger Day in 2011 and we are absolutely delighted that the entire choir will perform again for World Hunger Day 2012 celebrations at The Royal Albert Hall.
The World Hunger Day 2012 Concert on May 28, 2012 will be led by legendary singer and UN FAO Ambassador, Dionne Warwick and will also feature the incredible orchestral academy, Southbank Sinfonia.
The entire line up and ticket information will be released in the coming months.
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