Christmas, Gospel and Baroque: The Birth of Gospel. This program features early hymns from the United States alongside English Christmas classics. We follow the path back to the first gospel songs and celebrate Christmas according to old traditions.
We have done everything we can to play ‘The Birth of Gospel’ live for you. It turned out differently. We now played this exciting meeting between gospel and baroque without an audience. The concert, which was recorded in TivoliVredenburg (Utrecht) on December 21, can be viewed here. We’ll keep playing!
Watch the free livestream of The Birth of Gospel here
- Download the program booklet of ‘The Birth of Gospel’
- The concert can be viewed here until January 9th
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This concert is offered to you for free. As a token of appreciation, you can support our musicians with a one-time contribution. Donate at Holland Baroque Society NL46RABO0156121891, BIC code RABONL2U, with ‘Support musicians’ as the message or donate direct via PayPal or iDeal.
The opulence of the baroque and the swing of gospel meet in this exuberant Christmas program. The first gospel songs arose from the hymns that the immigrants brought over from Europe.
Judith Steenbrink: “Baroque is also the start of something new for us. In the beauty of our repertoire and in the meeting with our wonderful friends of London Community Gospel Choir, we find the freedom to create something new. We started out of interest in each other’s repertoire and here we are now: with a swinging program. Baroque and gospel are alive and kicking!”
“An inspired, swinging and whirling evening.” ★★★★☆ (Volkskrant about Gospel Baroque 2019)
London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) is the flagship of gospel in Europe. The group was founded in 1982 at the initiative of Reverend Bazil Meade. They performed only once, but that one performance was so successful that it marked the start of more than 35 years of acclaimed concerts, recordings and international tours, still under the direction of that same Reverend Bazil Meade. This choir that uses the motto ‘go hard or go home’ is known for its rousing and heartfelt performances, interspersed with influences from funk, soul, rhythm and blues, all of course with the matching choreography that makes gospel so infectious. The LCGC has performed with artists such as George Michael, Liza Minelli, Madonna, Eric Clapton and Kylie Minogue.