Union Chapel Voices
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
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
If you would like to audition, we will be recruiting for our Christmas programme which will follow from our October events.
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
Masashi Fujimoto is an established artist in the UK as well as in Japan. He performs in venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London Palladium, Hammersmith Lyric and Birmingham Hippodrome, and is well known to C4 and Fox USA viewers as the host of the entertainment programme "Banzai". He is a new style of multi-skilled performer, as comfortable on the opera stage as in the Christmas pantomime - highly skilled in theatre, dance and classical music.
Luyanda Jezile is a South African music producer and director based in the UK. He is a founder of South African Cultural Talent (SACT) in the UK, he worked with Miriam Makeba, and Hugh Masakela and directed the London Africa Gospel Choir. He performed in Lion King as an original member and features on its own original or movie recording.
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.