University Of Portsmouth Gospel Choir Set To Perform For The Queen

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The University of Portsmouth Gospel Choir will be performing to the Queen at the Royal Commonwealth Service in Westminster Abbey on Monday the 12th of March.

Among the Queen, the choir will also be performing in front of the British Prime Minister, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, High Commissioners, Ambassadors and Commonwealth dignitaries.

A Service of Celebration for Commonwealth Day will be broadcast live on Big Screen via BBC One from 2:45pm where the choir would love for the local community to watch and show their support.

The group have yet to announce their song choices, as the first will be chosen by the Queen herself, but we've been told that they have a 10 minute slot.

Band Coordinator, Omolade Taiwo, aged 20, said: “We are really honoured. It’s amazing and surreal definitely.

“It’s all God. We’ve done absolutely nothing to deserve this, we’re just a university gospel choir. Genuinely we sing, we have fun, put videos online and then we got an opportunity like this.”

When the group were told the news there was ‘lots of screaming’ and choir members started ‘falling to the floor’.  

Last year the group were semi-finalists in BBC One’s Pitch Battle. They described the support from the Portsmouth community as ‘incredible’ and said they ‘couldn’t have asked for anything more’.

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Choir member Lizette Ampofo, 22, said: “We’ve performed at local school assemblies in the past and it’s really nice to have that connection with the community.

“We’re so proud of being a Portsmouth choir and it’s so nice to have a connection with the local community too.”

The choir would like to thank their ex-President, Heavilyn Sarpong, for her hard work and dedication to Portsmouth Gospel Choir leading up to this opportunity.