The choir that performed for the Queen’s 90th birthday and worked with Justin Timberlake and Madonna is set to close after funding collapse during the Covid pandemic
- EXCLUSIVE: London Community Gospel Choir has seen funding drop
- Group founder Bazil Meade MBE said the lockdown had been “particularly difficult”
- He hosted an online concert on Saturday with other stars like Dave Stewart
A choir that performed for the Queen’s 90th birthday and worked with Justin Timberlake and Madonna is on the verge of collapse.
The London Community Gospel Choir has seen funding plummet after live concerts dried up amid the Covid pandemic.
The group’s founder, Bazil Meade MBE, who formed it in 1982, said the lockdown had been “particularly difficult” and admitted they were “desperate for funds”.
He hosted an online concert on Saturday with other stars including Dave Stewart, Mica Paris and Beverley Knight to “inspire fans.”
A choir that performed for the Queen’s 90th birthday and worked with Justin Timberlake (pictured with the choir at the 2018 Brits) and Madonna are on the verge of collapse
The London Community Gospel Choir is pictured performing on stage with Madonna in Hyde Park for Live 8 in 2005
Mr Meade said: “The past year has been particularly difficult for everyone in the music industry and the lack of support for the arts has seen so many organizations struggle and we are in desperate need of funds to be able to continue as the lock releases.
“We hope this concert will inspire and entertain our regular and new fans who love the gospel music we love to perform. It should be an unforgettable night.
The LCGC performed for Her Majesty for her “Patrons Luncheon,” a celebration of the monarch’s 90th birthday in 2016.
They went to St James’s Park Mall to celebrate the Queen’s patronage to more than 600 charities and organizations for the occasion.
The group also provided backing performances for George Michael in 1992, Madonna in 2005 and the Gorillaz in 2006 and Justin Timberlake in 2018.
And they have performed numerous times in the FA Cup Finals at Wembley, Glastonbury, Live 8, World Aids Festival and at the Royal Albert Hall.
The London Community Gospel Choir has seen funding plummet after live concerts dried up amid the Covid pandemic. Pictured: at the Brit Awards in 2018
But the pandemic has left a huge hole in their budget and they are struggling to keep the choir going.
Ms Knight said: “I have known Bazil and the LCGC for many years and the idea of them disappearing is not worth thinking about.
“I am delighted to be able to support them after all the great work they have done over the years. “
LCGC started from humble beginnings in 1982 and pioneered the sound of British gospel music.
They have become the leading European brand of Gospel and one of the most requested choirs in the world.
And they continued to perform with other artists including Sir Tom Jones, Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Sir Rod Stewart and others.
Saturday’s concert was hosted by a friend of the band, Amanda Alexander.
She created The Grounded Mummas, a group of women who come together to support each other since the first lockdown.
She said: “My family has been linked to LCGC since I was little and along with their wonderful performances, their contribution to local communities is fantastic.
“The Grounded Mummas and the LCGC share the same vision of inspiring and supporting society and I can’t think of a better way to support and fundraise for the choir than to celebrate their wonderful music with guests.”
Dave Stewart, Mica Paris, Beverley Knight, Andrew Roachford, Maxi Priest, Noel Robinson and Donald Lawrence are among the performers at 6 p.m. Saturday.