Standing in the Shadows of MONA - Southern Gospel Choir Major Creative Work uri icon

abstract

  • This concert came as a result of a collaboration between MONA owner, David Walsh, and Andrew Legg. It was conceived as a way to bring MONA to the people, to introduce the Southern Gospel Choir (SGC) to a new audience, and to recontexualise the SGC's repertoire in an attempt to facilitate community singing at an unprecedented level. The concert featured a combination of gospel music and better-known popular music, arranged in a gospel style. More significantly, the SGC developed its own voice' for this music during the preparation and performance, going some way to achieving the established aspirations for the event. Attend by in excess of 5000 people, MONA have contracted the SGC for the next 3 years for the same event. Legg as Musical Director produced all band and choir arrangements, conducted the orchestra and choir of 150, and performed as pianist and vocalist. The concert was a free event for the public, co-funded by the Conservatorium of Music and MONA.

publication date

  • 2012