Gospel Choir Takes Songs of Praise by Storm

By Connor Watson

On Sunday night the De Montfort University Gospel Choir took to the stage on Songs of Praise in their Gospel Choir of the Year competition.

This is an annual competition hosted by the show and sees six amateur gospel choirs compete for the title in a two-part special show judged by celebrity guests.

For the second year running the DMU choir has made it to the final of the competition, and is not the first time they have been thrust into stardom.

Earlier this year they also won the University Gospel Choir of the Year award a competition looking to highlight the talent of university gospel choirs and only started in 2011.

They were also asked to perform with Kasabian in their two sold out shows that took place earlier this year at the King Power Stadium.

The show was shrouded in secrecy with Kasabian holding back how the choir would be involved.  The shows were to celebrate Leicester City Football Club winning the Premier League.

Choir Director Jordan Anderson said: “Everyone believed in the song and believed in what they were singing. That was the most important thing.”

Mr Anderson directed the choir as they performed a rendition of Draw Me Nearer which drew astounding applause from the audience and praise from all the judges.

Carrie Grant said: “The choir performed within an inch of their life and you made a personal connection with the audience.”

The group also received high praise from Muyiwa Olarewaju who again commented on the groups connection with the audience.

The choir reduced one of the judges, Sharon D Clarke to tears in a performance that can be watched online via the BBC iPlayer.

The first show took place at London’s Hackney Empire and the choir hope to have impressed enough to claim the title that they narrowly missed last time.

The second half of this two-part special can be watched on Sunday night at 4:45pm on BBC One where the winner will be revealed.



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