Making a second appearance at this amazing music festival LIGC will again invite NewYVC to share the stage with us for an evening of energized sharing of sound. Please remember to book your tickets at this specific link and be prepared to sing along!
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LIGC returns to the CHORUS Festival performing on the Clore Ballroom Stage. The festival is a wonderful opportunity to see 40 choirs over 2 days and enjoy song sharing and vocal work. Don't miss it!!
London International Gospel Choir (LIGC) is one of the largest open community choirs in town. LIGC evolved out of the award winning London Youth Gospel Choir and continues to enable people who enjoy singing to meet others in a social setting whilst developing their music and vocal skills. The name represents the fantastic mixing pot of people that London is and we celebrate this diversity in a welcoming and fun environment.
The choir is open to all, requires no auditions and sings uplifting material including Gospel, pop/funk/soul and African traditional. New singers are welcome the last week of every month, contact us for more details.
As a 5 year-old choir we have created a reputation for energetic performances which has led to various high-profile appearances:
- Prince's Trust Awards Ceremony 2015 for HRH Prince Charles
- Rugby World Cup 2015, various games including both Semi-Finals
- The X Factor final 2014
- Live on Sky Arts with Alexandra Burke
- Awards Dinner at the House of Commons with the prime minister
- Inaugural JazzFM Awards Ceremony
- Supporting choir for Tenors Unlimited and Deaf Havana
- 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)
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 become regularly involved in recording studio and live singing at corporate hire events.
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.
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 now working heavily in Newham with NewYVC, Solid Harmony and setting up Stratford Voices. 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 now reaching his level 3 certification. 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 ARK Schools.
LIGC 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 LIGC provides for so many singers new to London.
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.
Guest Musical Directors in the coming season are to include the remarkable voice of Aleksandra Zembron, the well-studied gospel of Marcus Berglund (Stockholm) and the Urban powerhouse Byron Gold.
Fuller profiles are following.
Our regular pianists include:
- 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.
- Matt Randall who is regularly on tour with the likes of Wicked and other huge touring shows. He also runs Forte Arts that provides excellent musical tuition across London, check out www.forte-arts.co.uk.