September 27th 2017 saw the beginning of an exciting new venture in the heart of Clapham Junction when Battersea Rise became the home of a brand new community gospel choir – Gospel on The Rise!
Held at Fresh Ground on Battersea Rise SW11 1EQ, each Wednesday saw the joint rocking to the resounding sounds of gospel music along with huge doses of laughter, love and a whole load of hugging.
Here’s what some of the choir members have said:
‘I’m still buzzing from tonight’s session. Music is such a healer. I can’t imagine doing anything else on a Wednesday evening….. because of GOTR I will have made some life long friends…
‘I’m really enjoying myself and my face literally aches by the time I get home, I’ve smiled so much.’
‘A huge THANK YOU to Karen and all the GOTR team and members for a wonderful term of joy, energy and amazing sound!
‘This choir has been a rock, keeping me going through a very tough time, and I was looking forward to every single week, the sessions being so uplifting and empowering. I can’t wait to see you all .’
‘….I have never felt so valued as an individual, but also [as] part of a cohesive group, and I thank you a lot for that!’
Choir leader Karen Gibson, award-winning gospel choir conductor and TV judge was inspired by conducting workshops all over the world to bring the same music, joy and community to Battersea – her home of many years. With her stellar team of helpers, this is exactly what she has done.
The next term will continue at Fresh Ground London, 68 Battersea Rise, SW11 1EQ, February 28th 2018. Why not come down and experience the joy, music and community for yourself? Bring lots of energy, give it your all and this workshop will not only be truly inspiring and educational but will be a lot of fun!