Town Hall Gospel Choir will perform as part of a Black History Month Thanksgiving and Celebration Service at Birmingham Cathedral later this month. On December 8, they will grace the stage at Town Hall to celebrate ten years of exciting, infectious and inspiring singing in the Midlands.
Rvrd Dr Carlton Turner, a Bahamian clergyman, trained and ordained in the Caribbean, will lead the service on Saturday 13 October at 11am. The celebration will include performances from Town Hall Gospel Choir, soprano Abigail Kelly and African Holistic Dance practitioner Sandra Golding.
In 2007, Town Hall Symphony Hall recruited singers from Birmingham’s gospel communities to form a choir to participate in the re-opening concert of the newly refurbished Town Hall, featuring Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration. This uplifting gospel and soul reworking of Handel’s Messiah was performed alongside the likes of Soweto Kinch, Ruby Turner and Town Hall Associate Artists Black Voices.
Town Hall Gospel Choir was initially auditioned and trained by Black Voices and Director of the London Adventist Chorale and one of the UK’s leading choral conductors Ken Burton. From the opening concert it was obvious that something special had been created which deserved to be continued. A recruitment drive was therefore launched which received an unexpectedly high level of interest, and the choir’s ranks have now grown to nearly 40 members, with a considerable number also on a waiting list for future auditions.