The world renown London Community Gospel Choir was approached by Holland Baroque an innovated and original Baroque orchestra based in Utrecht.
The two worlds of music although opposites could also flow tremendously well together. The director for Holland Baroque came to see the choir's Christmas Show at The Royal Albert Hall and straightaway knew this could work.
When we met the singers of LCGC in London, it was immediately clear," says Holland Baroque's Musical Director. "Making music knows no boundaries, it elegantly moves across barriers. Bringing together musical talents naturally creates something new. Gospel Baroque is born! "
With Zadok the Priest alongside Anthem of Praise by Richard Smallwood, the common denominator was lush choral sounds and an energetic swing. Gospel traditionals alternate with Handel's Hallelujah in a version from Quincy Jones. A new piece that mirrors the baroque original.
During the preparation of this exuberant program, the Musical Director noticed that rich harmonies coming from the organ are a common friend of both baroque and gospel. A Hammond organ or a majestic baroque church organ, both bathe in a full sound and have numerous harmonic possibilities. It was fantastic to find ways to make this wealth of sound in the orchestra parts too.
Roll on six months later at Muziekgebouw aan't IJ in Amsterdam - Gospel Baroque came to be. The night was so amazing that a tour is now happening in Holland from the end of November through to the beginning of December.