Rounding the corner onto Hamilton Green a queue wound all the way up the pavement in anticipation for the sold out London Community Gospel Choir performance at St Andrews Church.
The rich and vibrant tones of singer Monique Thomas, filled the nave as the supporting vocalist warmed up the audience for an evening of soul, disco and gospel classics.
Speaking to Tour Manager Doug Ross before the show, he said: “I made a connection with Reverend Martin Fair about a year ago. He said he would love to bring some of our tours to Arbroath.
“Following the connection, we managed to organise the Choir to stop off on their 30th Anniversary Church Tour in this historical town.”
“The guys take professional to the next level. Everything has to be perfect, especially when you have a sell out audience, it just has to be right and the guys make sure of that,” Doug said.
And take it to the next level they did. From only six voices, the sound was incredible. Strong, vigorous and dynamic the warmth of the performance exceeded my expectations. And the ability of each member of the choir to engage with and rouse the audience was impressive, bringing together the ‘congregation’ with some lively audience participation that not only sounded great but raised many a smile.
The live band added extra ‘oomph’ giving a depth and authenticity to each song. Although timid at first the slightly reserved Arbroath crowd couldn’t stop the toes tapping and bodies swaying before the night was out.