Events & Rehearsals

The X Factor Final (Sunday) - Live on ITV

14th December 2014 20:00-22:00

The choir was drafted last minute to appear behind both finalists for the winning song and behind Ben for 'Man in the Mirror', an old favourite of the choir. 10.45million viewers and 12500 in the sold out Wembley SSE Arena watched the choir strut their stuff (oh, and Ben and Fleur competing).
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National Gallery Concert - Free and open to all

12th December 2014 18:00-18:50

London International Gospel Choir returned to the National Gallery after an enormously successful Christmas concert there in 2013. The entire audience was singing along then and this year danced through our encores.

The Christmas Window Live - Sky Arts 1 with Alexandra Burke

5th December 2014 19:30-19:40

London International Gospel Choir performed a 10min live broadcast of some festive and popular tunes with guest soloist Alexandra Burke!
@LIGChoir @AlexandraMusic @SkyArts #ChristmasWindowLive

An Evening of Christmas Music and Entertainment

4th December 2014 18:15-21:00

Hosted by '100 Women in Hedge Funds', this evening was a charity fundraiser for WellChild, an organisation that supports sick children and their families.

The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - Virgin Trains with Tom Barnwell

1st December 2014 13:00-13:30

London International Gospel Choir joined with Virgin Trains special events team to warm-up the cold miserable queueing masses just after some gorgeous primary school children introduced and sang through the lighting of the tree in Euston Station Virgin Trains ticket hall. Our guest star for the day: Tom Barnwell (The Voice)
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The Choir

London International Gospel Choir (LIGC) is the new name of the award winning London Youth Gospel Choir (LYGC) which enables people who enjoy singing to meet others in a social setting whilst developing their music and vocal skills. As the choir settled into being an adult choir, it became clear that we needed a better title and as London is a fantastic mixing pot of people and we celebrate this diversity in a welcoming and fun environment, we became 'International' (LIGC).

The choir is open to all, requires no auditions and sings uplifting material including Gospel, pop/funk/soul and African traditional. We will also launch a 14-18yr vocal ensemble to re-invent 'LYGC' in Spring 2015.


As a 5 year-old choir we have created a reputation for energetic performances which has led to various high-profile appearances:
EVENTS (highlights)
- Awards Dinner at the House of Commons for the prime minister
- The National Gallery Concert Season
- Inaugural JazzFM Awards Ceremony
- Performances on BBC world and radio3
- Supporting choir for Tenors Unlimited and Deaf Havana
- Brandenburg Choral Festival, London International Youth Festival and New Voices Festival

VENUES (include)
- 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, Royal Festival,
Queen Elizabeth and Fairfield Halls,
- GospelTouch Music Awards 'Best Choir of the Year' (2014)
- Gold and highest marks medals at the Festival of London (2013)

The Singers

We are an adult choir (18+) with the majority of members in their twenties and thirties. The choir is unauditioned but provides members the ongoing opportunity to train their vocal, theoretical and performance skills.

Whilst inclusive and entirely geared around high energy fun rehearsals we seek to train hard and deliver high performance standards. The group is a strong social network and is ideal for those who just want to experience singing in a choir and make new friends but inevitably leads to helping people uncover the un-tapped talent and confidence within themselves. There are opportunities for people to audition for solos and work in smaller groups. Many of our singers are regularly involved in recording studio and live singing at corporate hire events.

Our Musical Style

The emphasis of this project is to get people singing together and enjoying themselves. We sing both secular and non-secular music in a 'gospel style' – rich in harmony and full of movement and expression. Our repertoire ranges from gospel classics to jazz, pop, r ‘n’ b, funk, Spirituals and the roots of it all: African Song.

We regularly sing numbers by Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Whitney Houston, Kirk Franklin, Kurt Carr, Israel Houghton; and from shows like 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and films like 'The Blues Brothers', 'The Preacher's Wife' and of course both Sister Acts.

Music Team

Naveen Arles

Artistic Director

Naveen Arles has established himself as an energetic and inspirational vocal leader and animateur. His 30 years in music incorporates 20 years of running and creating singing groups of all ages and abilities. Nav is currently directing and artistically advising 14 choirs also including the newly formed Grand Union Orchestra's World Choir and Sanctuary Voices (an arts project for refugees and asylum seekers). He also coordinates and oversees the recording and filming of music projects for various agencies and labels such as Sony BMG and World Concert Artists. Working with all these exciting projects means that Nav is conducting music regularly on all the major stages of London and at some exciting venues from the Houses of Commons to a pod of the London Eye live on radio.

Previous Voicelab (Southbank Centre) sponsorship has helped Nav further his conducting study through the Choral Music Experience Institute (CME) studying directly under Dr Doreen Rao. CME has further connected him with various projects including facilitating vocal workshops for ‘Music for Youth’ as part of their ‘Out of Essex’ schools project and current work with both ARK Schools and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Music Programme.

LYGC has become one of Nav's main projects and he works very hard to ensure that the experience it gives people; the members, the audiences and the clients/partners; is that peace and comfort that music brings us and the reminder that the energy of community is so valuable. He is proud of the immediate home that LYGC provides for so many singers new to London.

Matt Bain

Assistant MD

Matt Bain read music at Christ Church, Oxford where he graduated with a First Class Honours degree in music in 2007, and a Masters in Musicology with distinction in 2008. He went on to study violin performance with Dona Lee Croft at The Royal College of Music, where he won the Lucy Ann Jones and Knights of the Round Table scholarships.

A freelance professional since graduating, Matt was principal second violin with the European Union Youth Orchestra from 2011-2012, and has played with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, his musical ventures having taken him as far as Oman, Moscow, Serbia, Armenia and the United States. He has performed alongside such distinguished musical and non-musical celebrities as Itzak Perlman, Lang Lang, Andrea Bocelli, Cat Stevens, Tom Jones, Moira Stewart and Barbara Windsor.

Adam Gray


Adam Gray studied jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has recently graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in music. He is the organist at Harecourt United Reformed Church in Islington, and plays regularly in London on piano, organ and melodica (and occasionally keytar).

A self-professed gospel music nut, he has worked with several London gospel artists, including at the vigil for the Pope in Hyde Park in 2011.  When not performing Adam is the force behind London music night and media business Get Lifted which was awarded the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprise in 2013.

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