Student singers in tune for gospel choir of the year finals

The University Gospel Choir of the Year final takes place in Croydon next month

It will be Sister Act meets the X Factor in Croydon next month when students from eight college choirs sing-off to be crowned the University Gospel Choir of the Year.

The event is in its ninth year, and will be hosted by MOBO Award-winner Rachel Kerr, with the contest being staged at Oasis House on Peall Road on April 6.

The 2019 judges include Emmanuel Smith, a contestant from ITV’s The Voice, Karen Gibson, the founder of Kingdom Choir, and music director Ayo “Ace” Oyerinde.

The 2019 finalists are: Canterbury Christ Church Gospel Choir; Durham University Gospel Choir; the Nexus ICA Choir; Sounds of Zion Gospel Choir from the universities of Sussex and Brighton; University of Birmingham Gospel Choir; UCL VOCE Choir; Kent Gospel Choir; and University of Surrey Gospel Choir.

Tickets for the event cost £15.

The organisers say, “UGCY is proud to be able to provide such a platform for university students to display their talents. We invite you to experience the creativity of theses students with their uplifting songs and performances.

“As always the competition will be full of dancing, laughter and roaring cheers (and a few tears!) with our seasoned gospel music judges ultimately deciding which choir will be crowned the 2019 University Gospel Choir of the Year.”

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