Events & Rehearsals

Ideal Home Show at Christmas

22nd November 2014 10:30-17:00

Continuing what is turning into a residency at the Show we will do sets at 10.30am on the Christmas Ice Rink Bandstand and then 2pm, 3 and 4.30 on the Christmas Decorations Bandstand. You may even see us in the foyer at 10am as you get your tickets...
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W6 Garden Centre Festive Shopping Gala

29th November 2014 15:00-16:30

London International Gospel Choir make a return to the award winning Garden Centre chain and will entertain guests and plant perusers.
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The Christmas Window Live

5th December 2014 19:30-19:40

London International Gospel Choir will perform a 10min live broadcast with some festive tunes with guest soloist Alexandra Burke!!
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National Gallery Concert - Free and open to all

12th December 2014 18:00-18:50

London International Gospel Choir returns to the National Gallery after an enormously successful Christmas concert there last year. The entire audience was singing along! Get there early to guarantee a seat.

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.

Achievements

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,
AWARDS
- 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

Pianist

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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