The Gospel Project is targeted at KS2 children and aims to give children an authentic experience of performing as part of a Gospel Choir. Alongside vocal performance coaching which develops self-confidence, musicality and general performance skills, children learn about the history behind this particular genre of music.
The course runs for 36 weeks. Choirs of approximately 30 children are taught by ear, as is tradition for the genre, and this helps to develop listening skills and team working abilities. Percussion is also used in the project and choreography further develops team building skills.
The project culminates in a massed choir concert at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral where all the choirs sing the repertoire they have learned together on stage. Pupils get the opportunity to watch other professional choirs perform at this concert and also sing with them as part of the finale.
In addition to the end of year mass choir concert the schools are encouraged to provide an opportunity for their choir to perform at the end of each term in school either in front of the parents and/or the rest of the school. Some schools even get the opportunity to go out of school and perform in the local shopping center and sheltered housing. Some choirs have also traveled to Liverpool to sing at theatrical events such as ‘The Narnia Experience’ and ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’ at St George’s Hall.