Celebrating their tenth anniversary, this community Gospel project has recently been granted charity status. The choir director is Karen Gibson, founder of the Kingdom Choir and pioneer of UK Gospel. She’s got around 180 people on stage with her tonight, they’re divided into the performance choir and the community choir.
They’re led through an array of songs including “Lean on me” and “Swing low, sweet chariot”. It’s loud, exuberant and above all they’re clearly having fun. I’m a fan of Gospel music (if you’ve never heard of Claude Jeter or The Swan Silvertones that’s a good starting point) so it’s great to see it performed so enthusiastically from a UK perspective.
They end with a secular song that sort of has Gospel undertones, McFadden and Whitehead’s “Ain’t no stopping us now”. It’s a great way to finish the show and has everybody on their feet for a fitting finale.