The award-winning University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY) finals is back for its 9th annual show this April.
Taking place at Oasis House in Croydon on Saturday 6th April 2019, the “Sister Act 2-esque” event for the whole family and music lovers will have you up on your feet and singing your way out of the venue! Our resident host Rachel Kerr (MOBO award winner) will also be back to host the show.
UGCY promises to be jam packed, melody-filled and guaranteed to leave you uplifted and inspired.
University choirs from across the country have submitted their entries and the judges, after much deliberation, have selected the top 8 university Gospel choirs to battle it out in the hopes of taking home the prestigious UGCY 2019 title.
Lorraine Wright, founder of UGCY, said she spotted the need for such a competition during her time on the gospel choir at Brunel University, 9 years ago.
She said: ‘I realised we had great talent in my university gospel choir but no where to showcase it for others to hear! One christmas, i was watching my favourite film, Sister Act, and thought “why don't we have anything like that in the UK?” so i started UGCY as a way to showcase the amazing talents we have within our UK universities. We are excited that this years competition will see some of the UKs best perform in croydon in this x factor meets sister act style competition.’
Our judges who will preside over who is crowned UGCY 2019 are:
ITV’s the Voice 2019 contestant Emmanuel Smith, The Royal Wedding Choir – Kingdom Choir’s Founder and Leader Karen Gibson and Creative/Music Director Ayo 'Ace' Oyerinde.
This year’s show carries a new twist, an international flavour embodied by the theme: Preaching to The Nations, where each of this year’s finalists will be required to sing in a different language for a section of their performance set. Be ready to hear diverse dialects, languages and tonalities on what will be a colourful evening and an unforgettable experience for all.
This year’s UGCY Finalists are:
Canterbury Christ Church University – Christ Church Gospel Choir
Durham University – Durham University Gospel Choir
Nexus Institute of Creative Arts – Nexus ICA Gospel Choir
University College London – VOCE Gospel Choir
University of Birmingham – University of Birmingham Gospel Choir
University of Brighton – Brighton ‘Sound of Zion’ Gospel Choir
University of Kent – Kent Gospel Choir
University of Surrey – University of Surrey Gospel Choir
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