Marie Lacey and the Belfast Community Gospel Choir

20121127-224733.jpgRecently we had the great pleasure of being invited along to a Christmas rehearsal by the Belfast Community Gospel Choir (BCGC).

Since first hearing them sing in the atrium of Titanic Belfast on the day it opened, we were intrigued. Who were they and what were they all about?

We arrived at their rehearsal in a little room at the back of May Street Presbyterian Church and walked in to find almost 100 singers catching up and being pretty noisy. We had a quick chat with Marie Lacey, the Director, who warned us to be surprised. And that’s exactly what we were, surprised at the size of the choir, amazed at their performance and blown away by their energy and enthusiasm.

We were accompanied by our colleagues at ViewTV, who had a quick interview with Marie. You can watch it here. Marie then took centre stage to focus the group and her energy and passion was very evident and it clearly drives this amazing choir to be the just the best.

Marie went through some key dates for the BCGC December performances and they also have something special up their sleeves…so watch this space!

During rehearsals they warmed up with a song called SANCTUARY by Kurt Carr then they rehearsed their Christmas Material: JOY TO THE WORLD / SILENT NIGHT / O HOLY NIGHT / IN THE BLEAK MID WINTER / JESUS WHAT A WONDERFUL CHILD.

Are you intrigued now? You can catch choir performing around the twinkling light adorned escalators in Victoria Square on Thursday 20th December from 6.30pm onwards. It sounds like a perfect way to start Christmas!

You can also catch them in concert on Saturday 1st December at Cairnshill Methodist Church, Saintfield Road, Belfast at 7.30PM.
and again on Friday 7th December at Lisburn Cathedral.

Tickets for both events can be found on their website at

BCGC is Northern Ireland’s first and only multicultural and cross community gospel choir, and Marie feels strongly that her choir remains this way. The choir is nothing short of sensational! A ‘one of a kind’ in Northern Ireland. Their goal is to spread the message of love, joy and peace through their music, and that’s exactly what Belfast Times and ViewTV felt on that rehearsal night.

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