It's so weird...

not having rehearsals for UGCY anymore. I mean, it was nice being able to sit down and play Kingdom Hearts for 3 hours last night but maaaan I miss my alto buddies! Buzzing to see a video of our performance, hopefully someone recorded it! Parts of the day are so vivid in my mind and now the photos are starting to emerge on facebook and it’s wonderful :)

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Check out our latest promo video for the UGCY Finals 2012!

Trust us, if you miss this one, you will truly be missing out. Get your tickets here.

Gospel Love!

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University Gospel Choir of the Year

University of West of England Gospel Choir- With Long Life

After months of practise, workshops, rehearsals and lessons UWE Gospel Choir went onto the competition stage to have fun, enjoy the experience and do our best.

Deep down we weren’t sure how we’ll do because we are a majority of older people among youthful students, so we thought we’ll do our best. With Long Life has a reggae feel to it with some traditional Gospel grooves and a new feel to it. Something different compared to other Gospel choir on the night.

We put our all into the performance not fully caring what the result will be but that we’ll take this experience to help develop ourself. Not knowing that we’ll be 1st Runner up!! :D

We were so happy and overwhelmed by the reception of the audience and the results from the judges and grateful for the love and support.

Here is one of our two performances! Do enjoy! 

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We have had an amazing journey thus far and the UGCY 2011 Finals were an amazing experience for all involved. After such a great show, UGCY is continually growing and going from strength to strength! 

We are now giving bright and enthusiastic individuals the unique opportunity to join our team. If you are creative, self-motivated and looking for a new challenge, we could have just the role for you.

We are looking for people to join us across the following roles:

  • Events & Projects Co-ordinator x 2 (Events Team)
  • Projects Co-ordinator (Marketing Team)
  • Social Media Co-ordinator (Marketing Team)
  • Digital Marketing Co-ordinator
  • Web Designer
  • Graphics Designer

If you have skills in any of the above areas and are passionate about your craft, please do click the following link to register your interest. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Deadline - 4th May 2012

Gospel Love!

The UGCY Team x

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Portsmouth Gospel Choir - UGCY 2014 Entry

One of these days, the lord will answer my prayers and allow me to be apart of an amazing choir such as this :)

Roll Up, Roll UP!

Hey Guys,

As you may or may not know, tickets for UGCY are now on sale! 

Prices are as follows:

Adults - £16.00
Concessions - £13.80
Under 12’s - £11.80 

For a limited time only, we are also running a special 20% discount offer. To take advantage of this drop us a quick email on info@ugcy.co.uk and we’ll provide the details you’ll need.

To buy tickets click HERE. This is definitely not to be missed!

Peace!

The UGCY Team

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The Big Night 2012!

UGCY 2012: A Review

On Friday 20th July, the Peacock Theatre in London’s West End saw universities from across the UK battle it out to become 2012’s University Gospel Choir of the Year. After the success of last year’s inaugural event, expectations were high as there were shoes that needed to be filled.

Manchester, Nottingham, Coventry, Portsmouth, Royal Holloway, City, Canterbury Christchurch and Imperial College were in the building and the atmosphere was growing fast. With all of our competitors ready with their game faces on, sound checks and rehearsals soon commenced. We then had our choirs take part in a special workshop, headed by UK gospel giant Muyiwa, fresh from his “All Around The World” tour. The result of this would be a surprise ensemble performance at the end of the night’s proceedings.

With spirits high and levels of anticipation and excitement rising, it was time for the doors to open to the public. With our judges – Ayo & Stephanie Oyerinde, Andrea Encinas and Mark De-Lisser, our hosts – Ashley John-Baptiste and Rachel Kerr and our surprise guests all in the house, UGCY was well underway.

The first of our surprises, Joelle Moses of BBC’s The Voice, opened the show and her powerful performance of Gary Oliver’s “I Will Trust In You” was definitely the perfect way to get the ball rolling. Our hosts then took to the stage for the first time to introduce the show, judges and get the audience excited for the night’s proceedings. Our chosen charity, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, also provided a brief insight into their amazing work, which outlined just one of the reasons why UGCY begun in 2010.

Royal Holloway were the first of our choirs to perform. Off the back of a massive year for them since winning the competition last summer, they came back strong singing one of their mash up arrangements again proving exactly why they became our UGCY 2011 champions.

Next up was VeraCity Gospel Choir of City University. They showed that strength doesn’t always come in numbers, delivering a solid performance as the smallest choir in the competition.

Nottingham’s Revival Gospel Choir was next to take the stage. As a 2011 finalist, they came back even stronger this year and delivered a fierce cover of the well-known song “Something Inside So Strong,” by Labi Siffre.

Portsmouth Gospel Choir (PGC) closed out the first half of the show with an awesome cover of Trey McLaughlin’s “In Awe Of You.” They proved that they were more than just UGCY first-timers, but very strong contenders in the competition. The judges gave their thoughts and feedback after each performance, which was certain to encourage each choir in their endeavours, as well as give the remaining choirs something to think about!

After a brief intermission, our second surprise guest, J Marie Cooper, also a finalist of BBC’s The Voice opened the second half of the show with a beautiful rendition of an original song, “Shine.”

Next up was Coventry University’s Gospel Rhythms, who delivered an extremely heartrending and emotive performance of God’s Chosen Love Medley, which left everyone inside the venue speechless.

Following this performance was Canterbury Christchurch. Their talented lead singers stunned the audience with their vocal skills, before beginning the second half of their performance which was an all singing and all dancing extravaganza, making much use of the judges feedback from UGCY 2011.

 

The hosts then introduced Imperial College Gospel Choir (ICGC), a choir well known for the Afro influences in their music. After a stunning solo from their Musical Director, they soon had everyone inside clapping and moving along with them.

Manchester University’s Harmony Gospel Choir (HGC) was the final choir to take to the Peacock stage. As a 52-strong choir, they were the biggest of our 8 finalists. HGC stretched across the entire stage and hitting us with an absolute wall of sound lived up to their name beginning with an excerpt of “Agnes Dei,” by Donnie McClurkin which was then followed by the end piece of “Total Praise.” Just as the audience began to roar with applause, HGC surprised us with Israel Haughton’s “All Around” and finished off with “Imela,” an Igbo (Nigerian) word for ‘thank you.’

As the judges deliberated, the winners of the video competition were announced. We asked each of our choirs to create a short video introducing them and summarising their history, their goals, and their ethos, with each video being shown prior to the choir’s performance. After an audience vote, Coventry and Nottingham were announced as joint winners taking home £100 each.

Muyiwa was then introduced and joined the choirs on stage to lead them in an elevating mass rendition of “Joyful Joyful” from the hit film and UGCY’s inspiration “Sister Act 2.” As an added bonus, we had two very special guests from the UK gospel scene join us to perform the rap element of the song. Faith Child and Lyrical Soldier did an incredible job. Together they helped to bring the house down.

After such an electrifying performance it was time for the UGCY 2012 champion to be announced. As nerves ran high, the hosts finally announced Nottingham as UGCY’s 2012 second-runner up and Coventry as first runner-up.

With everybody now on the edge of his or her seats, it was now time for the UGCY 2012 champion to be announced. As the atmosphere thickened with tension and the drum rolled, Manchester was crowned the winner of University Gospel Choir of the Year 2012 and presented with the coveted winner’s trophy.

Once the crowd’s ovation lessened (even if it was by just a small amount!) Manchester HGC took centre stage once again to give the Peacock Theatre an encore performance of the dazzling arrangement that had won them the title. Such was the party atmosphere, that the UGCY team joined them on stage in a gospel azonto! It was an explosive end to what had been an incredible night.

The likes of London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) founder Bazil Meade, members of LCGC, producers from BBC’s The Voice, Songs of Praise as well as representatives from Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Barclay’s and the Spirit of London Awards (SOLA) to name just a few joined us on the night.

UGCY once again delivered on the motto to leave audiences uplifted and inspired even more so than in 2011. With so much more to come from UCGY this year, be sure to keep your eyes peeled and ears opened for exciting updates.

We would like to thank our sponsors MVLS and British Gospel Arts and everyone who contributed to UGCY and helped to make this year’s show an absolute success:

Revelations Media UK Ltd
Toks Fashunu Photography
Charlie Kang Photography
Claudia Sophia Photography
Shine Media
Media Tribes
JC Henry
Nu Levites Band
Atimbee Cakes & Catering
The Abstract Portrait
Jennie Musk

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Check out our 2012 promo video. Put together by our resident creative genius Claudia Sophia have you heard?

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UGCY 2012 Promo Video

Check out this video put together for my organisation University Gospel Choir of the Year. We’re have our second annual show this year and it’s set to be even bigger and better than last year’s show, which was pretty amazing itself. 

The video was filmed, edited and produced by my very talented mate Claudia Sophia. I strongly suggest you pass by her blog, she is going to be huge, mark my words. Also, check out the UGCY blog as well. Tickets and show info will be available soon!

Love

~Ri~ 

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Welcome

Hey everyone!

Welcome to the official UGCY blog. Here we will post updates relating to the show and interesting developments we come across in our preparations. With 8 strong-minded and talented graduates composing the UGCY team, we are bound to have stories to share!

We’ll also be introducing you to our choirs, judges and sponsors and posting anything we think that will really get you fired up for the final this July.

Be sure to join us on what has already been an epic journey. We promise to keep you engaged, entertained and above all else inspired.

Stay tuned, until the next time (which will be very, very soon)

Love,

The UGCY Team

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