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Sing Gospel with André J Thomas and the LSO at the Barbican

Sign up to sing gospel music in concert at the Barbican this November. Free to take part and open to any level of experience.


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We are building a huge chorus of 250 people from our local community to sing with the LSO and Associate Artist André J Thomas as part of our Symphonic Gospel concert on 3 November on the Barbican stage.

Whether you are already an enthusiastic singer, or have always wanted to give singing a go, you’re invited to take part. A range of learning materials will be provided for all abilities to get to know the pieces which will be performed. You don’t need any prior experience of singing, and you don’t need to be able to read music.

Individuals, amateur choirs and singing groups are all welcome to register. Apply by Friday 2 August using the sign up form below.

About the Concert

The concert will bring together modern gospel music with the sounds of a symphony orchestra, and is curated and conducted by choral and gospel singing expert André J Thomas. This will be the fourth such concert with the LSO and André J Thomas, and will also feature the London Symphony Chorus.

Thomas says of the concert: ‘Gospel music does not apologise. It comes straight out, fiery and quick. It’s like lighting a firecracker – you start with a sizzle and that’s it. [. . .] The atmosphere will go back and forth between up-beat and meditative. The music is all about hope for a new world. I hope that people will leave feeling uplifted. I want people to feel better than they did when they walked through the door.’

Rehearsal Schedule

Weekly rehearsals led by choir director David Lawrence will take place on Monday evenings at LSO St Luke’s. Dress rehearsals and the concert will take place at the Barbican.

We ask that all participants are able to commit to attending at seven of nine rehearsals, plus the rehearsals on 28 & 30 October, and 2 November, which are compulsory.

Rehearsal Dates

Rehearsals take place at LSO St Luke’s, 161 Old Street, EC1V 9NG, from 6.45–8.45pm, unless otherwise stated.

Mon 2 Sept – 18:45-20:45
Mon 9 Sept – 18:45-20:45
Mon 16 Sept – 18:45-20:45
Mon 23 Sept – 18:45-20:45
Mon 30 Sept – 18:45-20:45
Sat 5 Oct – 10:00-16:00 (with an hour lunch)
Mon 7 Oct – 18:45-20:45
Mon 14 Oct – 18:45-20:45* Alt Venue
Mon 21 Oct – 18:45-20:45

Dress Rehearsal and Concert Dates

Mon 28 Oct – 18:45-20:45* Alt Venue
Wed 30 Oct – 18:30 – 21:00
Sat 2 Nov – 10:00 – 13:00* Dress Rehearsal
Sunday 3 November – 7pm Concert at Barbican Hall

How to Apply

Participation is free, and no audition is required.

Individuals and choirs should sign up through the online form linked below. Places are limited and we are unfortunately unable to guarantee that everyone who registers interest will be able to take part. We will be in touch to confirm your place in August, before the project starts.

Sign up

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact:

Izzy Way Schools and Partnerships Manager | 020 7382 2526

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