Chance in a Lifetime
Fourteen members of Braunton Academy Choir recently attended a singing workshop at Exeter University led by members of the London Community Gospel Choir. Choirs from around 10 other Devon Secondary schools also attended, and a further workshop for primary schools took place in the afternoon. London Community Gospel Choir was founded in 1981 by the Reverend Bazil Meade who continues as their leader. The choir currently has about 45 members and has performed at prestigious occasions such as Nelson Mandela's visit to London in 1996, as well as alongside many huge music stars such as Eric Clapton, Queen, Madonna and Blur. They recently performed on stage with The 1975 at the 2017 Brit Awards.
Bazil, along with choir members (and incredible singers) Annette and Christina, spoke briefly about the origins of Gospel music, then spoke to the students about the importance of breathing, warming up and using core muscles when singing. After an extensive and enjoyable warm-up, we learnt three songs in three parts, which sounded fabulous. The two hour workshop was over all too soon, but was hugely enjoyable and worthwhile,and probably a once in a lifetime opportunity.