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.
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)
Ennis Langdon (singer London Community Gospel Choir): “From the first moment I met them I realized that Judith and Tineke Steenbrink from Holland Baroque are really on their game, they are passionate, they are astute and because they clearly have a classic background and always bring those skills with them, and we learned from that! I’ve been with the LCGC since 1994 and year after year, time on time, the projects keep getting better and better. And this is the cherry on the cake. This experience has brought me to another level. Gospel meets Baroque. I am in like the tenth heaven, really I am.”
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.