Since 2011, the multi-award winning University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY) has never failed to disappoint with its annual fun-filled, "sister-act"; "gospel choirs-meets-X Factor "style competition, that is guaranteed to leave you dancing, singing and wanting more!
Join us for the 10th Annual University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY) on March 28th 2020 which is set to be a fun and exhilarating evening where 10 university gospel choirs will battle it out to be crowned University Gospel Choir of the Year!
Check out our finalists below!
We are pleased to announce the 2020 UGCY finalists are (in no particular order):
Portsmouth Gospel Choir
PGC PGC WHAT??!! Portsmouth Gospel Choir is a University of Portsmouth treasure. We are currently made up of students and are dedicated to using our God-given gifts to proclaim the Gospel amazingly and fantastically! Each of us has a unique talent and we all use our gifts to glorify the Lord our saviour. Many have witnessed first-hand how much of an impact our ministry evangelises and blesses the audiences to which we perform. It‰Ûªs not just about singing or playing instruments but about worshipping the Lord with our whole heart. It is about the love that we have for God and one another. We are not just a gospel choir but we're a family, we rejoice and celebrate in each other‰Ûªs achievements. Not only have we performed on UGCY before, but they have performed for Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Commonwealth Service in Westminster Abbey in 2018. We are also semi-finalists of the BBC show Pitch Battle. Some alumni have now made it to Broadway, and some have become professional vocal directors, this just the beginning, and I know that God has more remarkable plans for this choir in the future.
ICMP Community Choir
We are a conglomerate of students and teacher from across the programs offered here at ICMP. We are a community of musicians who are not necessarily vocal majors (singers) and share a passion for gospel music and choirs!
Nexus ICA Gospel Choir
The Nexus ICA Gospel Choir started in 2007 with the goal to bring our staff, students and alumni together regularly from all backgrounds to express our faith and build community. We meet every week on a Tuesday afternoon to learn gospel arrangements, enjoy worshipping together and having loads of fun! Our gospel choir has quickly become one of our most popular extra-curricular activities since all students are welcome to join, regardless if you‰Ûªre a vocalist or not. Over the last couple of years we‰Ûªve had a variety of incredible opportunities to perform up and down the country including our RAG Week Tour in Summer 2019, the finals of UGCY in 2018 and 2019, and most recently we‰Ûªve been finalists in BBC One‰Ûªs Songs of Praise, Gospel Choir of the Year 2019 competition. We are passionate about making the name of Jesus known in a creative way and declaring truth about who our God is through singing and worshipping together.
Birmingham Gospel Choir
UOB (University of Birmingham) Gospel Choir are the UGCY 2019 CHAMPS! UOB is a group of students who come together weekly at rehearsals with the aim to glorify God with their musical gifts and talents. The choir was established in March 2016 by founder Dupe Olawande and co-founder Ife Adeyemi. After they graduated, Shanice Hobbs was elected as President and currently leads the choir alongside a strong committee. Established with 10 members, the choir has grown to 50+ members including musicians and singers. Students with varying vocal and musical abilities and experience are encouraged to join the choir. Members therefore range from singers and musicians with prior experience in Church to members who have never sang publicly. With the vision of the Choir being to glorify God, we recognise the importance of doing this not only through music, but also community and faith. University can be unsettling and the choir provides a community and safe-space for all members. Socials are organised enabling members to have fun and build relationships. Members are at various stages in their faith and choir is a platform where they can express this freely and grow through prayer and discussions of themes and lyrics of songs to aid the understanding of them.
Manchester Harmony Gospel Choir
Hi! We're an inclusive choir that's open to all people, regardless of faith, background and musical experience. We love to sing uplifting gospel music and strive to bring the joy we feel in rehearsals to all those we perform to. We have two wonderful directors who come in to share their knowledge and bring their passion for gospel to us each week. We also have an amazing student Chair Barney, who makes the choir tick and always creates a fun community ethos when we are together.
Durham University Gospel Choir
In our choir, we all have one very special thing in common: our shared love of gospel music. We love the joy it brings to us, the opportunities it blesses us with, and the love it inevitably spreads. We are a dynamic, diverse, dedicated choir: this energy is reflected through our rehearsals and performances. From humble beginnings with a regular line-up of just eight singers and a drum, the choir now boasts more than 40 regular members from all areas of the University. Rehearsals are a highlight of our day-to-day university life, with all members and leaders incredibly committed to producing the best sound possible. However, our hard work is combined with a family-like atmosphere: we support each other, we help each other grow. Our members have a range of beliefs; though we are not all religious, our ethos reflects the roots of gospel music: community, love and joy. Our performances have spanned the length of Durham, including the breath-taking Cathedral and the hallowed halls of the university colleges, and we can‰Ûªt wait to venture even further as the choir grows from strength to strength.
Kent University Gospel Choir
Kent Gospel Choir is a choir that has been running for three years. We aim to embody the foundation of worship when we sing corporately and focus on impacting our listeners lives when we evangelise though our ministrations. As a family, we aim to spend as much time outside of rehearsals to socialize and also help and encourage fellow choir members in our daily endeavors and challenges, especially during our season at university.
University of Surrey Gospel Choir
USSU Gospel Choir is a diverse group with one important thing in common: a passion for making feel-good music together! We don't have auditions, and no musical knowledge/experience is required to join in with us. We are open to all, regardless of background or religion.
Keele University Gospel Choir
Keele University Gospel Choir (KUGC) started in 2016/17 as a club not affiliated with the students‰Ûª union. It was thought to be one of the best ways to create a fun, yet spirit-filled environment where all would be welcome to join and worship God through music! The choir started off with 7-10 people but with the enthusiasm of the members, it grew to 20 people that year and we performed twice at different university events. KUGC became a society last academic year (2018/19) and had 30 members, which is our current membership total. We got to the finals of the BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year competition, performed at more events, put on our own events and even performed at a wedding at the end of the year! KUGC is a non-auditioning choir. To ensure that God is at the centre, we do Weekly Words where someone shares a word of encouragement for a few minutes before the start of each session. This is so that everyone is able to hear about Jesus, even if that‰Ûªs the only day of the week that they do. As well as this, we sing, laugh, play games and have FUN!
Warwick Gospel Choir
We are the gospel choir of the University of Warwick. We aim to worship God in spirit and in truth and to be a true ministry to the students of our university and as far as our voices reach!