Get your praise on as universities gear up for Gospel choir competition

Student choirs from all over the UK will be gathering to perform at the nail-biting University Gospel Choir of the Year competition on Sat 16th of March, each hoping to secure the top spot to return victoriously to their alma mater with the coveted title. 

University Gospel Choir of the Year, founded in 2011 by Lorraine Wright MBE and inspired by the film ‘Sister Act’, provides an opportunity for uni gospel choirs to perform in front of top gospel music judges before an interactive live audience. This year’s judges include Karen Gibson MBE, Founder of Kingdom Choir (BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year Judge) Howard Francis, Co-founder of the Big Sing, Anu Omideyi, Music, Festival and Choir Director, Russell Scott, Founder of UK Choir Fest and Becca Folkes, renowned singer/songwriter. The event will be hosted by MOBO Award-winning singer/songwriter and vocal coach Rachel Kerr.

The competitive element makes UGCY a gripping experience from start to finish until the winners are announced. The audience back their favourite acts, living every moment with the choirs, singing along and showing their appreciation. The UGCY audience is known to celebrate winning harmonies by leaping up to give a standing ovation! Why not come along with some friends for this unique musical experience.

A total of seven university gospel choirs have secured a place in this year’s finals of the 12th Annual University Gospel Choir of the Year which will take place on Saturday 16th of March 2024 at Oasis House, Croydon. The choir line up includes:

  • Kent Gospel Choir (2023 Winners)
  • BIMM Birmingham Gospel Choir 
  • King’s Gospel Choir (Kings College London) 
  • Durham University Gospel Choir 
  • Keele University Gospel Choir 
  • University of Birmingham Gospel Choir
  • Warwick University Gospel Choir

As always the UGCY will be full of dancing, laughter and roaring cheers – along with a few surprises and tears – as the strongest performance emerges to be crowned the 2024 University Gospel Choir of the Year.” – UGCY Founder, Lorraine Wright, MBE:

UGCY 2024 is in partnership with AStepFWD, a multi-media platform organisation in its tenth year that curates the monthly UK Christian Charts (the only national independent music charting system in the UK) along with initiatives such as the iMPACT Conference for creatives, Artist Relief Fund, Poets In Autumn World Tour and the annual StepFWD Awards along with many other trailblazing initiatives.

The University Gospel Choir of the Year will be held at Oasis House, Croydon CR0 3EX on Saturday 16th March 2024 with doors open from 6pm. TICKETS are now available and this event is not to be missed!

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