The London Community Gospel Choir and London African Gospel Choir will joining forces for as part of the Mayor of London’s Black History Month programme. In what organisers promise will be an “uplifting free evening of music” the two groups will perform at City Hall on Thursday 7th October.
Jesca Nsubuga, choirmaster of the London Africa Gospel Choir, set up the choir with two aims – firstly to promote African music and singers, and secondly, to take gospel out of the church. Jesca said: “If the church receives all the good things, then what about the outside people? I want everyone to see the beauty. The beauty of the earth, the beauty of people, the beauty of what we have inside us.”
The London Community Gospel Choir was formed in 1982 by Revd. Bazil Meade, with the help of Lawrence Johnson, Delroy Powell and John Francis. The choir now has more than 200 members from all areas of London and its suburbs.
The event is the second in a series of four free musical concerts taking place at City Hall, Queen’s Walk, SE1 during October to celebrate the various genres of Black music including Gospel, Reggae, Jazz and Soul. Members of the public are welcome to attend (advance booking is required – details below).
Other featured concert artists include MOBO Jazz nominee Denys Baptiste (13th Oct) and reggae star Peter Hunningale (21st Oct).
The full programme of events for Black History Month aims to revisit history in a number of ways – through music, sport, literature, heritage trails and dialogue and celebrate and document the positive role members of London’s black community have played in shaping London’s history.