Double choir concert takes Sydney to the Higher Ground
Two of Sydney’s most loved choirs are uniting for a concert of joy, hope and high energy in November.
The Higher Ground concert sees the Café of the Gate of Salvation join forces with the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir (pictured) at Petersham Town Hall.
Formed in 1986, Café of the Gate of Salvation is an ARIA-nominated a cappella gospel choir that celebrates the mighty sound of the African-American vocal tradition.
The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir has been breaking into song and breaking down barriers with its uplifting and inclusive approach to choral music for over two decades.
With each group performing its own set as well as a few massed choir moments, Higher Ground will feature a broad program of songs which will raise hearts and minds to the possibility of a better world.
With over 80 active singing members and a diverse repertoire covering pop, classical, music theatre and contemporary Australian compositions, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir is proud to use its music and visibility to foster respect and understanding of LGBTQI people.
Over the past year alone, the choir has presented a concert celebrating the life and music of Tchaikovsky, performed a showcase of Broadway music theatre classics with the Royal Australian Navy Band, entertained Afghan teenage refugees in a Tasmanian detention centre and sung at an ecumenical service for openly gay American Bishop, Gene Robinson.
For Higher Ground, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir will be performing songs including ‘Aquarius’ from the musical Hair, ‘One Day More’ from Les Miserables, Missy Higgins’ beautiful ‘Nightminds’ and the same-sex wedding song, ‘For All Of Us’.
Café of the Gate of Salvation sing gospel music that’s vibrant, passionate, foot-stomping and funky; its repertoire mixes traditional gospel and spiritual music, born of the slaves stolen from their African homelands, with original songs by the choir’s founding music director Tony Backhouse.
Café of the Gate of Salvation will be accompanied by their regular band, comprised of some of Sydney’s most acclaimed jazz musicians. Under the music direction of Alex Hewetson of Directions in Groove fame, the musicians who have recently played with Café of the Gate of Salvation have included Sydney jazz identities, Scott Saunders (keyboard), Tim Rollinson (guitar) and Jared Underwood (drums).
For Higher Ground, Alex Hewetson will once again be assembling a sizzling line-up of players to join Café.
The two choirs will unite for songs including ‘Up To The Mountain’, inspired by Martin Luther King, and ‘Seasons of the Love’ from the musical Rent.
Higher Ground, Petersham Town Hall, Saturday, November 2 at 7.30pm. Bookings: trybooking.com/DOAY
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