We got to perform as part of the launch of University of Nottingham’s programme for Black History Month and here is the review of the music and artists who performed.
I wanted to thank you on behalf of the Black History Month organising team at The University of Nottingham for your fantastic performance at our Black History Month launch event. You were an excellent beginning to the show and kicked things off in style!
On Friday 2 October, we launched our programme for Black History Month 2015 with an evening of music and performance at the Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre.
The evening kicked off with an introduction from Dr Paul Greatrix, the University’s Registrar, who highlighted that Black History Month was an opportunity to celebrate BME cultures and achievements across the globe. Vincent Wilson then took the stage to introduce the first of the evening’s acts – The Gang of Angels (The G.O.A. for short).
The Gang of Angels Choir gave a fantastic acapella performance, singing both original songs and covers including The Gossip’s ‘Standing in the Way of Control’ and Nina Simone’s ‘I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free’. This song was introduced with reference to recent media coverage of BME people being refused entry to nightclubs – an example of discrimination in the UK which is why Black History Month is as relevant as ever. The G.O.A. also took some time between songs to explain that the choir is made up of people from a wide range of backgrounds, and they’re always open to new members – basically, anyone who can sing – so get in touch if that resonates! Read the rest of the blog post here.