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Donald Lawrence, Beverley Knight and others unite to #SAVELCGC

It’s been more than 365 days since the UK went into lockdown in a bid to curb rising COVID-19 numbers. During this period, the creative and hospitality sectors have borne the financial brunt of the government’s stringent lockdown measures. Sadly, whilst other industries seem to be bouncing back, the future of these two sectors still looks very grim.

The UK gospel community hasn’t been immune to the financial downturn due to the pandemic. With many arts organisations and churches folding up, The London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) is determined to remain afloat. Fondly referred to as the “UK’s treasure,“ the group has been around for almost 40 years and hope to continue contributing to the rich heritage of gospel music in the UK for the foreseeable future.

On Saturday 22 May an array of renowned artists including Donald Lawrence, Beverley Knight, Noel Robinson, and others will join forces for a virtual concert aimed at raising funds for LCGC.

In an interview with Premier Gospel, LCGC founder Bazil Meade said: “LCGC is based in Waltham Forest we have our own building, recording studio and attached to that are bills that need to be paid. We can’t pay these bills as we have depleted the resources we had, and we have not been successful with our grant applications so we are reaching out to the community…It would be a shame if we went under… We are hoping the community would come together and support our initiative…”

Dubbed by the British media as “the nations favourite choir,” LCGC have historically been a staple at high profile UK events. Past performances include the International FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, Glastonbury and Live 8. 

For more information visit lcgc.org.uk

Written by Akosua DF, Premier Gospel Presenter

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