Gospel arts

Gospel arts

Gospel Arts

Gospel Arts is an initiative of Union Chapel Church with the ambition to promote Gospel music within Union Chapel.  

Many well known Gospel Choirs have performed in the Chapel, London Africa Gospel Choir, London Community Gospel Choir, Shalom Chorale, Kingdom Choir.  We now want our own singers to tell the story of Black history, the struggles of people throughout the world and the Gospel itself through the medium of Gospel music.  


Call for GOSPEL SINGERS

to perform in Union Chapel, the top London music venue

with Musical Director Luyanda Jezile

Requirements

Singers in all four parts who can demonstrate:

  • Good vocal skills
  • Ability to work within an ensemble
  • Potential to take solo parts if required
  • Ability to read music (desirable)
  • Good rehearsal discipline

Auditions will be held on July 5th (evening 5-00-9.00) and 6th (afternoon 1.00-5.00) 2021 at Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London N1 2UN

Please send a CV outlining your experience and a self-tape (video footage) of your choice of song (preferably African or Gospel) to:  [email protected] Insert ‘Audition request’ into the Subject Line

Performance dates:  Black History Month service October 24th and Black History Month Event October 27th


 

 

Musical Director appointed

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Luyanda Jezile as our  Musical Director.

Luyanda is South African and has led the London Africa Gospel Choir and the South African Cultural Gospel Choir. 

He perfomed in Lion King and with many well known performers including Hugh Masekela

 

 

 


Background

Union Chapel is a historic church based in Islington with a small but enthusiastic congregation looking to expand our horizons.   It is well known as an iconic music venue attracting major artists. It is also a centre for social justice and community activities.

 In recent years, the church has been developing music in our Sunday services with a range of genres, classical, jazz, gospel, and world music. The church has also created several unique events led by our musicians.  These have included our annual Christmas Candlelight service, Good Friday evening performances and smaller events to commemorate such occasions as Black History Month, a remembrance event in the Covid pandemic.  Besides the usual church festivals, we also have special services for Refugee Week, Gay Pride, Holocaust Memorial, and other special commemorations.

We are now embarking on a major project aimed at making Union Chapel a centre of excellence for world music suitable for church services.  Our first project is for Black History Month and will feature music from Africa and the diaspora together with traditional to contemporary Gospel. It aims to inform and perform Gospel music in its historical context and as a living tradition. 


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