Events & Rehearsals

Ideal Home Show Christmas

26th November 2015 19:00-19:30

London International Gospel Choir return to the Ideal Home Show Christmas for a second time. Let's see if Laurence Llewelyn Bowen decides to conduct us again. Find us on the Christmas Band Stand at 7pm.
@Ideal_Home_Show @LondonOlympia

Ideal Home Show Christmas

28th November 2015 10:00-15:30

London International Gospel Choir return to the Ideal Home Show Christmas for a second time. Let's see if Laurence Llewelyn Bowen decides to conduct us again. Find us on the Christmas Band Stand at 10am and 3pm.
@Ideal_Home_Show @LondonOlympia

Holy Trinity Hounslow - High Street Christmas Outreach

5th December 2015 13:00-15:30

Warming up our December Events we will be returning to our friends at HtH to help them reach out to the local community through song and joy. We'll perform sets at 1pm and 3pm and if you're flying in or out of London that day, stop by and sing along! Presents welcome.

Belgravia Christmas Market

6th December 2015 14:00-18:00

LIGC will be entertaining the santa-hunters in a new part of town for us. Two sets, times TBA, between which you might be lucky enough to catch us buying silly presents and wandering around with some mulled wine!

National Gallery Christmas Season

11th December 2015 18:00-19:00

LIGC will deliver our third concert in the most beautiful surroundings of the art and space of Room 36 again. Come enjoy our longest Christmas set and the choir at it's fullest on stage. Last year there was dancing...

Glitzed Up Gospelified Shopping - Can you Find Us?

14th December 2015 17:00-20:00

Short sets over three hours to entertain shoppers and remind them that Christmas IS fun. But can you find out which store we'll be in... It's pretty big!!!
More teaser details to follow!

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. 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:
EVENTS (highlights)
- 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

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 become 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 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

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.

Guest Musical Directors and Pianists

Aleksandra Zembron - Marcus Cristobal Berglund - Byron Gold

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

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