Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

New choir is looking for the 'Gospel Factor'

Belfast Community Gospel Choir

An exciting new musical experience is set to take Belfast by storm in the coming months, and if you think you have the ‘Gospel Factor’ then you could be part of it.

The Belfast Community Gospel Choir (BCGC) is holding the first round of auditions next week, and is looking to recruit energetic singers, encouraging them to try out for the choir that will sing a mixture of gospel and soul music.

Founder Marie Lacey, who is an internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and musical director, said the choir has a big future ahead of it.

“We are looking for singers who have got soul to join us at rock and pop concerts, charitable events, festivals, as well as on television and radio,” she said.

Northern Ireland’s first ever community gospel choir, BCGC is aiming to be completely multi-cultural and community-based, promoting the message of love, joy and peace.

Marie continued: “With programmes like ‘Last Choir Standing’ and the popularity of R&B, soul and gospel in general, we felt the time was right to start something completely new here.

“We’re expecting people from all over Northern Ireland to join, and the good news is that you don’t have to be of the Christian faith to be involved.

“Our choir is more about the genre of music and the message of joy and peace. It is truly community in its ethos.”

Marie certainly has the experience behind her to lead this exciting new choir.

Her musical achievements include forming, directing and managing a 600-voice choir that supported James Galway, Lesley Garret and Peter Corry at the Odyssey Arena Belfast.

She has also written several musicals and was commissioned at the turn of the Millennium by the Northern Ireland Office to write and direct the Mil

lennium service of thanksgiving. This was broadcast live from the Belfast Waterfront Hall by the BBC and attended by HRH Prince Andrew.

On top of this, Marie’s own musical career has seen her perform throughout the USA, South Africa, Europe, Canada and Thailand.

So if you think you have the ‘Gospel Factor’, come along on June 16, to the sports hall at the Christian Fellowship Church on the Holywood Road at 7pm.

Auditions are open to everyone aged 16-and-over. Applicants will be required to sing a short, well-known piece of music unaccompanied, and follow simple choreography. For further details and online application log-on to www.bcgc.biz.

Auditions will run again on August 18.

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