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Lift Every Voice

André J Thomas

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André J Thomas, one of the world’s greatest experts in choral music, unites the voices of gospel and community choirs from across London in a celebration of gospel music to nourish the soul.  

Steadily rising like a cloud of voices, Roland Carter’s joyous Lift Every Voice and Sing kicks off an uplifting evening of music blending the powerful resonance of gospel and spirituals with the vibrant sound of the LSO. Symphonic gospel shapes the first half, featuring Dett's Ave Maria and Hailstork's cantata I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes dedicated to Undine Smith Moore – a champion of African American music.   

The musical journey continues with spirituals like Shine the Light and Get on Board Little Children, music from well-known Broadway orchestrator Joseph Joubert, songs from gospel legend Raymond Wise, and arrangements by Thomas. This is ‘music at its freshest and most life-affirming' (Richard Bratby) that has the power to communicate with us all. As Thomas puts it: ‘when you sing this music … it's about ministering to the soul’.  

This performance will finish at approximately 9pm, including a 20-minute interval

Please note that the Discovery and Community Choirs will be positioned in the side stalls for this performance and may not be able to be seen from all seats in the auditorium.

Barbican Hall