University of Leicester gospel choir reaches finals of National Competition

Posted by er134 at Mar 16, 2017 12:20 PM |
Leicester University Voices (LUV) selected as one of ten university choirs to perform in the University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY) competition on 18 March 2017

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 16 March 2017

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Leicester University Voices (LUV), a gospel choir at the University of Leicester, has been shortlisted to sing at the finals of a national university choir competition.

LUV will compete alongside nine other finalist choirs in the 7th annual University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY) competition 2017. They will be returning to the stage a year on from narrowly missing out on winning the title two years in a row – after being crowned winners in 2015 and runners-up in 2016.

The competition, taking place on Saturday 18 March at the Hippodrome, North London, will be hosted by MOBO Award Winner Rachel Kerr and judges include Mark De-Lisser, Director to ACM Gospel Choir, and London Community Gospel Choir directors Ayo and Stephanie Oyerinde.

The UGCY competition allows university choirs to perform in front of a large audience, as well as receive feedback from some of the leading figures in the UK Gospel scene. Since its creation, UGCY has held six annual competitions, celebrating the talent of 3000+ students from various universities across the UK and has worked with the likes of ITV’s The X-Factor, Britain's Got Talent and the BBC Gospel Proms.

Elizabeth Olaniyi of LUV, said: “We are so happy to have made it to the finals of University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY) 2017! It shows that all our hard work as a choir is worth it. Our choir is full of talented singers and musicians who are excited to be taking part in the competition on Saturday. We hope to do ourselves and the University proud, and bring the trophy back to Leicester!”

A spokesperson of UGCY said: “We are excited to announce that Leicester University Voices have been selected as finalists to perform at the National finals of the University Gospel Choir of the Year competition. UGCY aims to bring many talented young individuals together through gospel music, as a celebration of the arts and a means to inspire both young and old.”

LUV will be competing against the following university choirs:

Cambridge University Gospel Choir - University of Cambridge

United Herts Gospel Choir – University of Hertfordshire

University of Derby Gospel Choir - University of Derby

Plymouth University Gospel Choir - Plymouth University

QM Unite Gospel Choir – Queen Mary University

University of Westminster Gospel Choir - University of Westminster

Imperial College Gospel Choir - Imperial College London

LCCM Choir – London College of Creative Media

Christ Church Gospel Choir – Canterbury Christ Church

The event will take place on Saturday 18 March and tickets cost £12. To purchase tickets visit:


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About UGCY

University Gospel Choir of the Year is a voluntary organisation providing an unprecedented platform for University Gospel Choirs across the UK to develop and showcase their musical abilities. Launched in 2011, UGCY an annual competition that aims to brings together talented and diverse individuals through music, encouraging them to strive for excellence and exceed their own limitations, whilst inspiring the young and old in all walks of life.

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