Winner of the 2019 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album for their latest album “Freedom”, a collection of songs which celebrate and commemorate South Africa’s democratic movement’s struggle for freedom, Soweto Gospel Choir now bring their “Freedom” concert to the UK. The tour, presented by Andrew Kay, will begin on Sunday 11 October at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre and will run through to Sunday 1 November.
Hailing from Soweto (South West Township), a town outside Johannesburg and home of Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s democratic movement, the three-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir continues to inspire audiences around the world with their powerful blend of African gospel, freedom songs, and international classics.
Comprising a line-up of South Africa’s best vocalists, these amazing performers have been spreading sheer joy to audiences across the globe for nearly two decades. The Choir has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music including U2, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Robert Plant, Celine Dion, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Josh Groban.
In this uplifting and joyous repertoire, the Choir will perform a rousing programme of freedom songs celebrating the life of the father of their Rainbow Nation, Nelson Mandela, as well as international gospel classics, including a spine-tingling take on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and an extraordinary rendition of “Amazing Grace” which has had over 15 million views on YouTube.
“The Soweto Gospel Choir members are thrilled to return to the UK for the Freedom Tour,” producer Andrew Kay said. “The group continues to inspire fans worldwide, but the reaction we get from audiences in the UK is unforgettable. We hope that our uplifting message of hope, faith, and joy reaches audiences new and old on this special return visit as we celebrate the legacy of the great Nelson Mandela.”
Soweto Gospel Choir is presented by Andrew Kay and Associates.
For more information visit www.sowetogospelchoir.com
2020 UK Tour Schedule
11 October King’s Theatre, Edinburgh 0131 529 6000
http://www.capitaltheatres.com on sale
13 October Darlington Hippodrome 01325 405405
http://www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk on sale
15 October Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry 0247 652 4524
http://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk on sale 13 March
16 October Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London 020 3879 9555
http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk on sale 2 April
17 October The Stoller Hall, Manchester 0333 130 0967
http://www.stollerhall.com on sale
18 October Malvern Theatres 01684 892277
http://www.malvern-theatres.co.uk on sale
19 October Swansea Grand Theatre 01792 475715
http://www.swanseagrand.co.uk on sale
21 October St George’s Hall, Bradford 01274 432000
http://www.bradford-theatres.co.uk on sale
22 October Arts Centre, Aberystwyth 01970 62 32 32
http://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk on sale 13 March
24 October Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells 01892 530613
http://www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk on sale soon
25 October Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton 01902 42 92 12
http://www.grandtheatre.co.uk on sale 31 March
27 October Sage Gateshead, Gateshead 0191 443 4661
http://www.sagegateshead.com on sale
28 October City Hall, Hull 01482 300 306
http://www.hulltheatres.co.uk on sale soon
30 October Town Hall, Birmingham 0121 780 3333
http://www.thsh.co.uk on sale 20 March
31 October Theatre Royal, Norwich 01603 630 000
http://www.norwichtheatre.org on sale 18 March
1 November Royal & Derngate, Northampton 01604 624811
http://www.royalandderngate.co.uk on sale 6 April
Photo credit: Henry Engelbrecht