Belfast Community Gospel Choir success charted in new BBC show tonight

‘Soul Singers: The Choir Mama’ tracks the success of a much-loved Belfast institution

A new BBC True North documentary being televised tonight follows the journey of one of Belfast’s most loved musical groups – the Belfast Community Gospel Choir, Peter McGoran of Belfast Live reports.

Founded by their musical director Marie Lacey, BCGC is Northern Ireland’s first multicultural gospel choir. They’ve achieved massive success throughout their 11-year existence – performing hugely popular annual concerts at the Waterfront Hall, as well as taking their act to places as far flung as New York.

Marie, who has helmed the choir from the start, has been releasing music from as far back as the 1970s (when she recorded her first album) and has written and directed several musicals in the past – but she regards the Belfast Community Gospel Choir as her greatest achievement.

Now, this new documentary traces Marie’s journey and goes behind the scenes as she talks about the unique dynamics of the Choir, and gives backstage access as they prepare for their biggest concert of the year.

A description on the BBC’s website reads: “Soul Singers follows the journey of members of the Belfast Community Gospel Choir as they prepare for their annual winter concert, exploring choir members’ stories.”

Belfast Community Gospel Choir shared the news about the documentary on their social media sites yesterday, writing: “We’re so excited to share the news that BCGC is the subject of next week’s True North documentary!

Soul Singers: The Choir Mama will air on Monday, February 3 on BBC One at 10.35pm, and again on Tuesday, February 4 on BBC Two at 10.35pm.