Backed by the Mayor of London and the former Higher Education Minister- David Lammy and Inspired by the 1993 blockbuster classic ‘Sister Act 2 – Back In The Habit’, UGCY is a voluntary organisation providing an unprecedented platform for University Gospel Choirs across the UK to develop and showcase their gospel musical abilities. It is an annual competition that aims to bring 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.
Since its creation, UGCY has held three annual competitions, held a mass choir surprise performance in Europe’s largest shopping centre – Westfield, Stratford City, have made numerous appearances in the media such as on the BBC & ITV, all celebrating the talents of over 4000 individuals from various universities across the UK. UGCY prides itself in being able to offer opportunities and create platforms for talented individuals who may not have had the opportunity otherwise.
UGCY has worked with ITV’s the X-Factor as the exclusive supplier for gospel choirs in 2011 and 2012, have provided opportunities for gospel choirs at corporate events, on radio, TV and at various other events. Most recently in July 2013 UGCY finalists featured in the first BBC Gospel Proms and in August 2013 appeared on the ITV show “Your Face Sounds Familiar”.
Previously sponsored by UBS Investment bank, Accenture management consultancy and the British Gospel Arts, our goal is to bring together individuals through their common love for performing, not only providing them with the platform and opportunity to showcase their talents but allowing them to compete on a national scale – which is the first of its kind in the UK!
Above all, our vision is to encourage and empower University students to set up their own gospel choirs in all of the UK’s higher education institutions – contributing to developing a community spirit amongst students.
Our CompanyUniversity 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.
VisionOur vision is to hold annual UGCY competitions that will provide University gospel choirs with a platform to develop and showcase their musical abilities, whilst nurturing an atmospheric community environment that endeavours to challenge participants and encourage them to strive for excellence and exceed their own limitations.
Above all, our vision is to encourage the set up of gospel choirs in all UK higher education institutions – that contributes to developing a community spirit amongst students.
ValuesTo encourage the development of musical abilities whilst promoting and nurturing creativity within Gospel arts.
To encourage education, unity, love and hope which are all synonymous with the underlying values of Gospel music.
To help foster enterprising skills through the set up and running of choirs.
To offer students the opportunity to sing gospel music together forming bonds of mutual encouragement.
To develop a community mentality that brings together individuals regardless of cultural background, age, gender or beliefs.
To educate and prepare students on subjects, such as sound quality, technical accuracy, musicality, and stage deportment.