Gospel to jazz up the Proms

The London Adventist Chorale prepares for a concert to be given on Sunday at the Royal Albert Hall, the first time a whole Prom has been devoted to gospel music.

All the members belong to the Seventh Day Adventist Church in London; their repertoire includes classical and chamber music, part-songs, Negro spirituals, traditional hymns and contemporary gospel.

The Chorale, founded in 1982, has has performed throughout Britain and appeared in 1993 in Kurt Weill's Cry, the Beloved Country. It has toured in France, the Netherlands, Spain, Zimbabwe and the United States. Last year it was nominated Sainsbury's Choir of the Year and received the BBC2 National Gospel Choir of the Year award. Its most recent engagements this year were at the Grassington, Warwick and Henley festivals.