Five hundred voices wanted!
LONG before Gareth Malone and his Military Wives hit the headlines, Luton Gospel Community Choir were pulling in the crowds and appealing to the masses.
This year is their 10th anniversary and they’re planning an awesome series of celebrations.
The partying lasts from August 5 - 12 and will include summer gospel singing workshops as well as special performing arts workshops for children and young people.
There will also be a free open-air concert in St George’s Square on Saturday August 11 and a 10th anniversary birthday party.
Choir chair Gail Windrass said: “We’re calling on everyone who’s had anything to do with the choir over the past 10 years to come and join us again.
“It’s going to be an exciting, foot-tapping, hand-clapping, inspiring and uplifting week of gospel music events for all ages.
“We’re aiming to get 500 voices to join us – so whether you’ve sung in a choir in the past, or just sing in your bathroom but want to give gospel a go, you’re welcome to come and sing with us.” She urged everyone to get involved so they could experience the powerful sense of community spirit and unity that come from singing in a choir: “Music is such a great way to bring people together to create friendships, foster community and provide the opportunity for people to sing together.
“You’ll have fun learning uplifting and inspirational gospel songs, boost your abilities with professional coaching, build your confidence, make new friends and much more.
“You don’t have to be religious, you just have to love to sing.”
Gail, 37, a former children’s centre manager who now lives in High Town, has been with the choir since its inception as an offshoot of Luton Central Seventh-Day Adventist Church in North Street.
It was started to give young people an experience of music in the community and was an instant success, winning £27,000 on a television show.
The money was used to make a DVD which, in turn, funded a youth mentoring project.
Gail is devoted to her new career promoting community cohesion through choirs.
“First and foremost I love God and I love music,” she said.
“And I simply love the Luton Gospel Community Choir. Through them I’ve met some exceptional people and I feel blessed to be a part of it.
“But it’s a team effort. Everyone works very hard.”
The choir backed Mary Wilson of the Supremes at the Mobo Awards in 2008 and appeared on the BBC’s Jeremy Vine Show two years ago.
> For full details of Luton Gospel Music Festival 2012 ring 07960 255711 or visit www.lutongospelmusicfestival.co.uk
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