University of Portsmouth Gospel Choir set to perform to the Queen

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

The service will be broadcast live on BBC One from 1.30pm and the choir would love for the students and staff at the university to tune in and show their support.

The group have a ten-minute slot to perform but are currently unsure on song choices as their songs first have to be confirmed by the Queen herself.

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. We sing, we have fun, put videos online, it’s amazing to be given an opportunity like this.”

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

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

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.

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