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'Musicality and Energy'

The sheer musicality and energy which Soul Sanctuary has brought to BBC programmes has been amazing. They love what they do and they do it brilliantly. Their range of musical expression goes well beyond what you might expect from a gospel choir, and that’s why I so enjoy working with them.  Philip Billson, BBC

"A packed venue listened to an electrifying performance of 'The Resurrection', a gospel-music account of the days after the Crucifixion, by the Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir and guest soloists."

The Church Times reviewed our 2015 sell-out show 'The Resurrection' at London's Jazz Cafe...

"Perhaps the most moving number was 'Make Me Over', a duet between Tracey Campbell, who played Jesus, and Yolanda Antonio as St Peter, which began as a heartfelt confession and ended with a triumphant affirmation of Christ's transforming power. It would have been an altar call, had it been that kind of event.

The soloists were in the spotlight, but their performances were underpinned by the 20-strong choir, who combined discipline and exuberance in equal measure, as did the band."

"A breathtakingly wonderful performance!... I loved the way the singers were so alive to what they and each other were singing."

A breathtakingly wonderful performance!  I loved your directors, singers and your band.  Wherever their church is, I want to go to it.  All quite an eye-opener musically; I’ve seen gospel choirs in the past but they’re all very stagey; this was blissfully passionate, with gorgeous voices, and I loved the way the singers were so alive to what they and each other were singing. All happily electrifying and sumptuous!

Audience member, after a gig at the 606 Jazz Club

"It is Kumbaya as I've never heard it before...it not only works, it works triumphantly"

"It is 'Kumbaya' as I've never heard it before: no acoustic guitars, no wholesome foot-tapping of open-toed sandals in the aisles, but performed instead as full-blown gospel music by the Soul Sanctuary Choir, complete with bass, keyboards and drums. And to add to the novelty, it is the closing hymn at the 6.15pm Sunday Mass at Farm Street, the sumptuous Gothic Revival headquarters of the Jesuits in London's Mayfair, where the lashings of marble, gilt and stained glass seem better suited to etherial plainchant or 'Lead Kindly Light' than the choir's exultant refrain of 'shower down on me'. And yet, it not only works, it works triumphantly."

Peter Stanford, The Tablet

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