Stoke Gifford Gospel Choir records EP!

A lot of us might dream about being a recording artist but for members of our Stoke Gifford gospel choir, the dream has become a reality! Back in July around 80 singers gathered at Thornbury Baptist Church to record a brand new EP. The Stoke Gifford Gospel Generation Community Choir was one of 6 choirs that were part of this exciting project. Three other GGCC Bristol choirs (www.ggcc.org.uk), one from Torquay and one from Feltham swelled the numbers creating a wonderful rich sound.

Being part of a recording is quite a different experience to singing live in a concert so for most of the singers this was their first experience of the world of multiple takes, instructions for more energy, tighter diction and smiles! It was a long day, took 5 hours to record the four songs but we were kept going with delicious cakes and snacks provided by members of the choir. Once the main choir had finished we still had another three hours to record a smaller group, again featuring members of the Stoke Gifford group and some solos. The backing tracks for the songs had already been done by GGCC choir director Emma Smallwood (www.emfomusic.co.uk) so literally all that was needed was the vocals.

We had the expert help of experienced singer/songwriter Geraldine Latty for the day, she led the choirs through all the songs and two of the songs we recorded were actually written by her and her husband, Carey Luce (www.lucemusic.london). Carey was the engineer/producer for the day, and will be mixing all the songs for us over the Summer. They will both be back to perform with the choir at our Christmas concert at St Michael’s Church on Friday 6th December. Details of how to get tickets for that concert will be available from https://www.stmichaelsbristol.org/smcevents/

The title track of the EP is ‘Sing our way home’ and the other tracks are a mixture of traditional spirituals and more contemporary gospel songs. We’re aiming to launch our EP at our annual Gospel singing conference, Sing 2019 which will be in Easton, Bristol on 12th October. This is open to anyone who loves to sing and loves gospel music, still places available (www.ticketsource.co.uk/gospelgenerationcommunitychoir). 

We’ll have more details of the launch and how to get hold of a copy when our new rehearsal term starts on Tuesday 10th September, 7.30pm in the lower hall in the St Michael’s Centre on the Green, Stoke Gifford. New members always welcome so why not come and join us! 

For more information contact Emma Smallwood gospelgen@googlemail.com

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