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Oh happy day! London gospel choir breaks world record

HISTORY MAKERS: London Community Gospel Choir in action at the Southbank’s Royal Festival Hall

THE LONDON Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) broke the Guinness World Record for the greatest number of people in a gospel choir ever assembled and one Voice reporter was on hand to help.

The renowned choir smashed the original record (1,138) with 1,169 singers during their 30th anniversary concert at Southbank’s Royal Festival Hall on May 5.

The event was a sell out – attended by choirs from Italy, Sweden, Ireland as well as within the UK.

I was one of the 1,200 participants who had the challenge of singing ‘Oh Happy Day’ for five minutes.

At first this seemed like a piece of cake, however, on the actual night, with the adrenalin pumping and electric atmosphere I was desperate for water, probably from all the singing and cheering.

HISTORY MAKER: The new Guinness World Holders for the largest gospel choir

However, with the Guinness World Record invigilators being so close by, I decided to hold out, not wanting to risk being disqualified.

Now for those who don’t know me, although I love my karaoke I’m no Mariah Carey, so when I was asked whether I wanted to take part in vocal sessions via Google Hangout prior to the concert, I jumped at the chance.

Leading up to the concert, four mummy bloggers and myself had vocal lessons with a different member of the choir.

DUET: Bazil singing with Jocelyn Brown

I sang alto and after watching way too much Sister Act 2, would at times slip into a screechy soprano. Although the lessons were fun despite the odd technical glitch nothing could have prepared me for the adrenalin rush of Sunday evening.

Hosted by Magic FM’s Angie Greaves, the night was filled with performances by the 2020 children’s choir, traditional gospel songs and reworked hymns with special guest Jocelyn Brown and one of my favorites Praise Worthy, which featured X Factor’s Jahmene Douglas who also did an amazing rendition of Emeli Sande’s Next to Me.

It was a perfect way to not only celebrate the choir’s achievements, but also the birthday of LCGC’s founder and principal Rev Bazil Meade.

Stardust: Special guest Jahmene Douglas put on a spectacular performance

He said: “Sunday was tremendous, to me some of the Italian choirs were crying, the energy, the love in the room, the spontaneity before we started, the atmosphere…that’s what I wanted.

“We are planning to do this every year, make it an annual thing and that is my vision. It hasn’t sunk in yet. I’m still buzzing.

“We wanted to create the hunger and the longing to see and be involved. The love for music and singing is fantastic. The buzz for me is getting all those choirs from different cultures singing gospel, and sharing the emotion and spirit that it generates,” he added.

BLOGGERS CHOIR: Helen Wills, Mary Isokariari and Sharon Donnelly

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