City Sings Gospel at the Albert Dock
The Albert Dock is gearing up to host the Waterfront Gospel Music Festival, supported by the Liverpool Culture Company, (www.liverpool08.com) on 16 and 17 June 2007.
A soulful weekend of gospel music, rap, hip hop and reggae – the festival will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade and Liverpool’s 800th birthday.
This event at the Albert Dock is the highlight of a soulful gospel singing season – the Amazing Grace Festival. Organised by City Sings Gospel, part of Anfield-based Urban Gospel Arts Centre, Liverpool Lighthouse, the music season launched in February 2007 with an advanced screening of the film Amazing Grace, based on the life of anti-slavery pioneer William Wilberforce.
Since then a range of choir events have taken place across Liverpool, with the focus of the season taking place at the historic Albert Dock from 16 – 17 June 2007.
On Saturday 16 June a gospel music concert will kick off the Waterfront Music Festival outside the Albert Dock’s Mersey Maritime Museum from 12 – 6pm. Performing artists include DJ Fitz (BBC 1Xtra), Liverpool’s renowned Love and Joy Gospel Choir, gospel producer and artist Dwayne Tryumf and Nigerian-born worship leader, radio presenter and musician Muyiwa. Sarah Rea, Marketing Officer at Liverpool Lighthouse describes it as an event that is not to be missed and one that will bring local choirs together to perform alongside high profile national artistes.
Face painters and street entertainers will continue the celebrations throughout the Albert Dock on 16 June, celebrating the rich diversity of gospel music and culture.
On Sunday 17 June a Transatlantic Memorial Service will be held in Canada Dock on HMS Albion for 500 guests. This historic event will celebrate the lives, music, faith and legacy resulting from the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Guests will include Liverpool Lord Mayor – Cllr Paul Clark, Liverpool City Council Chief Executive – Colin Hilton, Leader of Liverpool City Council – Warren Bradley, Archbishop of West Africa – Reverend Justice Akrofi, Alabama State Senator – Vivian Davis Figures and Chairman of Love and Joy Ministries – Tani Omideyi.
The service will feature choral and gospel music, hymn singing, readings, musical renditions, a minute’s silence and a special act of remembrance for the estimated millions of slaves that died at sea. Liverpool will also be linking up with commemorative events in Ghana and Alabama, enabling a joint declaration to be formed across the Atlantic.
Graham Cook, Director of the Albert Dock Company said, “The Albert Dock is very honoured to host such an important commemorative event at the city’s Waterfront. We’re looking forward to marking the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade and Liverpool’s 800th birthday with a weekend of gospel music that all our visitors can enjoy.