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Breaking world records with LCGC

Royal Festival Hall Sunday 5th May and as I walk along the South Bank around 2pm I hear the sweet sounds of choirs singing.  Choirs from the UK – London, Manchester and Oxford.  Choirs from Europe – Italy, Sweden and Ireland.

Voices are being warmed up for the event at the Hall, the highlight which is the London Community Gospel Choir’s 30th anniversary.  The choir have been sharing their voices, their faith and their stories for 3 decades and this night of celebrations is hosted by yours truly!!

Joining them for evening is singer Jocelyn Brown who belted out “Fill My Cup” alongside Founder Member of LCGC Bazil Meade.  Jahmene Douglas sang his take on Emeli Sande’s “Next To Me” and you could hear a pin drop in between his crystal clear notes.

Bazil Meade reminisced with stories and songs that the choir had sung over the years, and it was also good to see that the next generation of singers was being prepared to take the stage as the Children’s Choir opened the stage and raised the roof!!

The highlight of the evening had to be all the choirs in the venue, together with audience members creating a mass choir to break the world record for the largest choir in one venue singing a rendition of the Edwin Hawkins Singer’s “Oh Happy Day”.  Minus 37 people filming, and a few doing more dancing than singing(!), the world record was achieved – 1,169 people were recorded by the Guiness Book of Records Officials.  A new world record was set.

Well done LCGC, we look forward to the next 30 years.

 

4 Comments

  • Savannah Kirkland
    20/05/2013 at 9:05 pm

    To commemorate the night LCGC attempted to make history and beat the Guinness World Book of Records title for the biggest choir singing ‘Oh Happy Day’. As the crowds were invited to fill in the isles everyone was invited to sing in the record breaking attempt. The previous record was set in Germany in 2011 and was a choir of 1138 people and even with 37 people discounted for taking pictures and dancing instead of singing London Community Gospel Choir were still able to set a new world record with a total choir number of 1169.

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  • Savannah Kirkland
    20/05/2013 at 9:05 pm

    To commemorate the night LCGC attempted to make history and beat the Guinness World Book of Records title for the biggest choir singing ‘Oh Happy Day’. As the crowds were invited to fill in the isles everyone was invited to sing in the record breaking attempt. The previous record was set in Germany in 2011 and was a choir of 1138 people and even with 37 people discounted for taking pictures and dancing instead of singing London Community Gospel Choir were still able to set a new world record with a total choir number of 1169.

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  • Rosella Workman
    21/05/2013 at 9:46 pm

    The Edwin Hawkins Singers began as The Northern California State Youth Choir of the Church of God in Christ , Inc. and was founded in 1967 by Hawkins and Betty Watson. Members were aged 17–25. As was common in gospel circles they produced and distributed their own LP: Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord, recorded live in church. “Oh, Happy Day”, featuring Dorothy Morrison as lead vocalist, was picked up by a local DJ, KSAN’s Bob Mcclay, and subsequently released commercially. Aretha Franklin had already brought strong gospel stylings to the pop charts with songs such as “Think” (1968), but a hymn had never “crossed over” before. “Oh Happy Day” soared into the US Top 5, winning a Grammy and massive sales worldwide.

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  • Rosella Workman
    21/05/2013 at 9:46 pm

    The Edwin Hawkins Singers began as The Northern California State Youth Choir of the Church of God in Christ , Inc. and was founded in 1967 by Hawkins and Betty Watson. Members were aged 17–25. As was common in gospel circles they produced and distributed their own LP: Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord, recorded live in church. “Oh, Happy Day”, featuring Dorothy Morrison as lead vocalist, was picked up by a local DJ, KSAN’s Bob Mcclay, and subsequently released commercially. Aretha Franklin had already brought strong gospel stylings to the pop charts with songs such as “Think” (1968), but a hymn had never “crossed over” before. “Oh Happy Day” soared into the US Top 5, winning a Grammy and massive sales worldwide.

    Reply

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