HALLELUJAH: GOSPEL STARS IN BIRMINGHAM CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Issued 4 December 2008
Leading female a capella group Black Voices will be celebrating the festive season with a Christmas gospel concert at Town Hall Birmingham on Friday 19 December featuring musicians from the BBC Big Band, the Town Hall Gospel Choir and led by inspirational conductor Ken Burton.
Returning to their home city for Christmas after a string of performances across Europe and Asia, Black Voices will be performing their stunning new Christmas single ?Go where I send you? plus new arrangements of seasonal gems such as ?Silent Night? and ?Hark The Herald Angels Sing?.
The evening?s centrepiece is a performance of Quincy Jones? powerful and uplifting take on George Frederick Handel?s Messiah – A Soulful Celebration – where some of the most popular choruses ever written were re-imagined for artists including Stevie Wonder, Patti Austin and Al Jarreau.
Ken Burton, principal conductor of acclaimed gospel choir the London Adventist Chorale will lead the way through a soulful concert of classical, jazz, gospel and deeply spiritual choral music.
The evening also reunites members of the Town Hall Gospel Choir, a group of singers from across Birmingham formed for the Town Hall?s Re-opening Concert in October 2007.
The performances are dedicated to the memory of Steve Gray, a talented and much loved musician who passed away earlier this year. Steve conducted Black Voices and the BBC Big Band during the Re-opening Concert.
2008 sees Black Voices celebrating 21 years of music, having taken their remarkable and soulful sound to audiences both internationally and across the UK. Led by Carol Pemberton and Bob Ramdhanie and with a wonderful repertoire ranging from American Deep South spiritual blues to traditional Caribbean gospel, Black Voices are Associate Artists of Town Hall Birmingham.
Recent highlights for the group have included performing for Nelson Mandela in South Africa and London, performing for The Royal Family and The Pope, supporting Ray Charles and performing in the BBC Proms. Black Voices have also had their own BBC Radio 2 a cappella series, presented by Carol Pemberton.
Note to Editors
Black Voices: Carol Pemberton, Music Director
Town Hall Gospel Choir: Ken Burton, Music Director
Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a registered charity. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and a thriving education/community department reaches a further 20,000 people of all ages.
Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).