About the IOW Gospel Choir

mcdonalds.jpgThe Isle of Wight Gospel Choir is an energetic group, performing a rich diversity of Gospel style music in venues across the Isle of Wight. The choir and band are all volunteers who come from different churches across the Island. With uplifting words and moving tunes, the music the choir brings touches audiences wherever they are from churches to prisons, theatres to care homes.

Earlier this year they performed at the Medina Theatre with other "gospel inspired" music groups from the Island. Neil Barker has been the musical director since December 2010 and they have had a busy diary during 2011. The choir currently has around thirty singers from a range of different backgrounds and is often accompanied by a band consisting of various combinations of keyboard, bass, guitar, drums, flute, violin and saxophone.

As well as being passionate about music, the choir are excited about the good news of Jesus which the gospel songs celebrate. The passion behind the songs come through in every performance, with words of truth seamlessly blended with beautiful harmonies.

2007 saw the recording of the choir's first album, which was released at the beginning of May 2008. The choir was formed in 2003 by Sally Rowe.

Gospel music originates from the African-American church and is usually sung in three or four part harmonies. It is a style of music that appeals to all ages. Movement is part and parcel of gospel music. It involves swaying, clapping and choreography. The words of the songs are based on the gospel: the good news of Jesus Christ.

The choir is always on the lookout for both new members and new audiences. If you would like the choir to play at your community venue or event, or would like to join the choir, please get in touch.

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