This was quite something. Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 17th September. In the footsteps of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a superbly polished and wonderfully energetic gospel choir bringing the life of South Africa to the Birmingham stage. They're clearly well-practised, and have performed these pieces many times, but care no less about them and their audience. A range of African and Western church and general songs (including versions of Bridge over Troubled Water and of course, World in Union[which worked really well]) formed the programme, and by the end, and with several encores, the choir had the audience dancing in the aisles and even in the stalls.
A very international audience too, great fun and really quite moving to see and take part in such a celebratory atmosphere. The singers stood came out to talk with audience members afterwards and continue the good feeling.
They're doing a national tour so get to see them if you can.
http://www.sowetogospelchoir.com for their website.