Lewes Sings Gospel will be on Gospel Choir of the Year Competition

Making beautiful music together: Lewes Sings Gospel, under Karen Gibson, was launched in 2009
Making beautiful music together: Lewes Sings Gospel, under Karen Gibson, was launched in 2009

Local eyes will be glued to television screens when the BBC broadcasts the finals of the Gospel Choir of the Year competition.

Because Lewes Sings Gospel, directed by Karen Gibson at Southover Church, has won through to the prestigious event at the Hackney Empire in London.

Songs of Praise will present two special editions to find the best gospel choir in the country on Sunday, September 28 and October 5.

Presenter David Grant hosts the programmes, along with co-presenter Josie d’Arby, from the historic venue.

The six choirs who’ve made it through to the finals will sing with all their heart and soul to an enthusiastic audience in an attempt to impress the three judges.

With the difficult decision of picking a winner are soul singer Mica Paris, TV presenter and vocal coach and MOBI award winner Carrie Grant, and UK Gospel artist Muyiwa Olarewaju.

The choirs will each perform twice before the judges decide which will lift the coveted trophy and become the Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of 2014.

Lewes Sings Gospel will perform Lord I Know I’ve Been Changed and The Reason Why I Sing.

The local hopefuls are up against B.I.G Choir, from London, offering Go Down Moses and Everybody Praise the Lord, Living Faith Connections (Barking) with Total Praise and Beyond the Norm, Aine (North of England) with Shout to the Lord and You Called Me Friend, Reapers Choir (Hackney) with Stand Still and Total Praise, and Gospel Rhythms (Coventry University) with Here I am to Worship and Every Praise.

Lewes Sings Gospel, launched in the autumn of 2009, is a chance for anyone who wants to try singing in the gospel style.

More than that, it seeks to be a vibrant community where it is easy to meet new people, grow friendships and enjoy the journey of learning and singing gospel music together.

LSG is for the whole community, and anyone can join regardless of ability or experience. You do not have to have any particular beliefs or the ability to read music.

Registrations for the autmn 2014 term are now being accepted, welcoming back Karen Gibson as conductor.

It starts on Tuesday, September 23, through to Tuesday, December 16, rehearsing in Southover Church 7.30-9.30pm.

After the Christmas break, the choir will have a final rehearsal on January 6 ahead of the concert on January 10.