J Rosamond Johnson arr Roland Carter Lift Every Voice and Sing
performed by all Choirs & Orchestra
Nathaniel Dett Ave Maria
arr André J Thomas I’ve Just Come From the Fountain
arr Mark Butler Signs of the Judgement
performed by the London Symphony Chorus
Adolphus Hailstork I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes
arr André J Thomas Beautiful City
performed by the London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra
A selection of gospel songs
performed by the London Community Gospel Choir
Traditional Get on Board Little Children
performed by NaGuanda Nobles
Joseph Joubert Choo, Choo Joubert
performed by the Orchestra
Raymond Wise Shine the Light
Kurt Lykes arr Raymond Wise & Mark Lomax Hallowed Be Thy Name
Brandon Boyd Sign Me Up
Richard Smallwood arr Lari Goss Total Praise
arr Raymond Wise I’ve Got a Robe
performed by a combined Chorus & Orchestra
André J Thomas conductor
NaGuanda Nobles soprano
Albert Lee tenor
Brandon Boyd piano
London Community Gospel Choir
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
LSO Community Choir
British Gospel Arts Choir
LSO Discovery Choirs
London Symphony Orchestra
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Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change
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 African-American gospel, spiritual and classical 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 and known as the 'Dean of Black Women Composers'.
The musical journey continues with a selection of gospel music performed by the London Community Gospel Choir. Following this our combined choruses sing 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 more. 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’.
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.
Watch our condutor André J Thomas as he introduces the uplifting music in this concert.
LSO On Track Next Generation
6.15pm Freestage level G
LSO On Track Next Generation Scheme is a free, creative ensemble of 50 young musicians from across East London. Young musicians meet roughly once a month to devise new music based on a central idea or theme, and work on key aspects of their musicianship, guided by musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra and animateur Andy Grappy, to develop an original composition for performance in the Barbican foyers ahead of the LSO’s evening concert with André J Thomas.
The creative starting points for the piece are the spirituals Steal Away, I’ll Fly Away, Guided by the Light and Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho.
The Next Generation Scheme is developed in partnership with ten east London Music Education Hubs as part of LSO On Track. The Scheme gives structured guidance, inspiration, creative tools and technical skills to participants, building on their musical flair to help them develop as rounded musicians and leaders. LSO players sit among the creative groups and lead sessions on particular instrumental techniques and improvisation.
Our concert programmes are always free. Pick up a printed programme on the day to learn more about the music and performers, or click here to download a PDF to view in advance.
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