Upcoming events

LIGC Winter Concert

3rd December 2016 19:30-22:30

Join us for an evening of boundless energy, funk-tastic tunes and a dash of Christmas spirit!

The event will feature an array of gospel classics with a twist, along with a few pop and Christmas-themed tunes to get you on your feet.

There'll also be food, drinks and art available for you to enjoy!

Belgravia Christmas Market

4th December 2016 12:15-16:00

No rest for the LIGCers! The day after our big Winter Concert we will be entertaining the crowd at the Belgravia Christmas Market. We'll be doing our best to keep the crowds dancing with great soul music and will be accompanied by the Fulham Brass Band to sing some classic carols.

African Promise Christmas Carol Service

15th December 2016 18:30-21:00

LIGC are proud to be part of the African Promise's inaugural Christmas Carol Service. We'll be performing a mix of our best gospel tunes with some of our favourite carols - and all for a great cause!

@africanpromise @LIGChoir

The Choir

London International Gospel Choir (LIGC) is one of the largest open community choirs in London. LIGC evolved out of the award winning London Youth Gospel Choir and continues to enable people who enjoy singing to meet others in a social setting - whilst developing their music and vocal skills.

The name represents the fantastic mixing pot of people that London is and we celebrate this diversity in a welcoming and fun environment.

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, get in touch for more details.

Achievements

We have reputation for energetic and dynamic performances which has led to various high-profile appearances. Here are some of our favourites:

EVENTS
Stockholm Tour 2016
Prince's Trust Awards Ceremony 2015 for HRH Prince Charles
Rugby World Cup Semi-Finals 2015
The X Factor Final 2014
Live on Sky Arts with Alexandra Burke
Awards Dinner at the House of Commons with the prime minister

VENUES
02 Shepherds Bush Empire;
The Royal Festival, Queen Elizabeth and Fairfield Halls,

The Singers

The choir is non-audition, but provides members the ongoing opportunity to train their vocal, theoretical and performance skills.

Whilst inclusive and entirely geared around energetic 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 sing and make new friends. Inevitably, this leads to helping people uncover the untapped talent and confidence within themselves.

There are also several 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 mission of this choir 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 root 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; 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 10 choirs also including the newly formed Grand Union Orchestra's World Choir and now working heavily in Newham with NewYVC, Solid Harmony and the growing 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 successfully completing 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 previous 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

Associate MD - Repertoire

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.

Nina Rosenberger

Associate MD - Vocal

For her young age, Nina Rosenberger boasts a big bag of musical experience and expertise. She was playing piano at 6 and was directing her first choir at the age of 19. Since those skilled beginnings Nina has continued to be prolific in her involvement with vocal performance and leadership. She has been musical director of several bands, vocal coach for private students and choirs, keyboard teacher and one-on-one music production tutor for high school students. Nina graduated with first class honors in vocals from BIMM in 2015 since which time between working with students she has been an active performer with vocal bands such as “Soundslike”. Acting as musical director/pianist and backing vocalist in several exciting projects, she also writes her own songs and performs them under the name “Anin Rose”. Her performances include O2 Shepherds Bush and touring in Germany. As well as all this, Nina has been taking her musical gift into a different context by working in mental health settings with people with disabilities and mental health challenges.

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