The BBC One (Songs of Praise) Gospel Choir of the Year Competition is back and this year the organisers are hoping to see more church choirs and teams getting involved.
Following the success of last year’s runners-up – Living Faith Connections Choir (LFC), London based Redeemed Church of God branch – Living Faith Connections Church, the BBC are encouraging more church based teams to register for Gospel Choir of the Year 2015. However, it seems that many church choirs and worship teams are traditionally reluctant to get involved in the annual competition and others alike. So we decided to catch up with LFC choir director, Evans Ogboi, to ask why he thought this might be the case. He said this:
When asked why his church worship team went ahead and entered the BBC Gospel Choir of the Year 2014, Evans said:
LFC were BBC Gospel Choir of the Year 2014 runners-up and went on to become winners of the MOBO Best Gospel Act 2014 award. They are now preparing for the live recording of their Beyond the Norm Concert on 3rd April 2015.
We asked Evans if he thought church teams should enter into the BBC Gospel Choir of the Year 2015. He said:
Check out Living Faith Connections Choir performing ‘Beyond the Norm’ on BBC Gospel choir of the Year 2014.
The BBC Gospel Choir of the Year competition is an annual event that aims to find the best amateur Gospel Choirs in the UK. Entrants receive ‘constructive feedback’ on their entry and are advised as to whether they have made it through to the televised stage of the competition. The finals are to be held in July this year and is to be what the organisers have described as “a festival of singing, worship and praise. ”
To find out more about the competition and to register click here: BBC Gospel Choir of the Year 2015
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