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Gospel Sunday is a musical experience that’s open to anyone and everyone. Join us, the London International Gospel Choir, as our director Naveen Arles leads an exciting workshop where you can learn new songs alongside our members, pick up singing techniques and explore the history of gospel music and its importance in communities around the world.
A delicious communal dinner is then provided at the church, before an evening service that includes the songs we’ve learned that day. There’ll also be plenty of surprises from LIGC’s repertoire and our guest performers!
Then there is the option to share a communal meal downstairs in the Church, followed by evening service where we will sing some of the songs we learned in the workshop, alongside songs from the LIGC repertoire and guest solos and choirs.
The reason we have chosen Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church to work with on this project is their own open-door policy to welcome in all people from all backgrounds and faiths to their amazing Church in the heart of London. They want this beautiful space to utilised fully by all and any who for whatever reason, feel disenfranchised in the city. Whether they are over for work or study or have chosen to make London their home and are looking for some human connection and the possibly of community.
Our aim with Gospel Sundays is to bring people to singing who have never sung before, or welcome back those who sang in the past and want to reconnect with the joy of song. Singing is one of the quickest and most direct routes to connection with our spiritual self/ our higher power – in whatever form that manifests. Singing in groups is not only great for nurturing our soul, it also helps us as community-based peoples to feel a connection with other human beings, across many divides. Research shows There are lots of other benefits when it comes to joining a choir: there is the social side, the chance to make new friends and meet others who have an interest in music. It can also be a real bonding experience.
A recent study found that after just one singing class, people felt closer to each other than those taking part in other classes. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, found that choristers’ heartbeats synchronise when they sing together, bringing about a calming effect that is as beneficial to our health as yoga.
“Singing delivers a host of physical and emotional benefits, including increased aerobic exercise, improved breathing, posture, mind-set, confidence and self-esteem,” says Jeremy Hywel Williams, who leads the Llanelli Choral Society in Wales. “While singing alone is good, singing with others can be even better.”
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