Gospel Baroque:

With Handel as a starting point, this concert is a refuge where swing, harmony and the opulence of the baroque meet.

During the Choir Biennale, Gospel Baroque will premiere on 6 July in the Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ Amsterdam. The tour will follow later this year when the London Community Gospel Choir and Holland Baroque meet in an infectious program full of gospel and baroque.

"When we met the singers of LCGC in London, it was immediately clear," says Tineke Steenbrink. "Making music knows no boundaries, it elegantly moves across barriers. Bringing together musical talents naturally creates something new. Gospel Baroque is born! "

With Zadok the Priest alongside Anthem of Praise by Richard Smallwood, the common denominator is lush choral sounds and an energetic swing. Gospel traditionals alternate with Handel's Hallelujah in a version of Quincy Jones. A new piece that mirrors the baroque original. Amen.

Judith Steenbrink: “During the preparation of this exuberant program, we noticed that rich harmonies coming from the organ are a common friend of both baroque and gospel. A Hammond organ or a majestic baroque church organ, both bathe in a full sound and have numerous harmonic possibilities. It was fantastic to find ways to make this wealth of sound in the orchestra parts too. ”

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