Hire the choir
Outside of our regular church services, Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir provides music for a huge variety of musical projects, ranging from music for television to private functions, weddings, fundraising events, school-based projects, conferences and festivals.
We take pride in using our unique skill – gospel choral harmony in a modern eclectic style – to provide the perfect musical fit for all occasions. We charge transparently: the more singers, the bigger the fee! We are very happy to provide large choirs and bands for bigger budgets, but are also happy to devise smaller, creative solutions when budgets are tighter.
And our approach has been very positively received. Read what our clients have said on the event-planning platform Poptop.
Weddings & events
Soul Sanctuary has over a decade of experience of providing gospel music for all types of events big and small - including weddings, festivals, corporate events, and memorial services. Highlights include multiple appearances at Marlborough International Jazz Festival, sharing the stage at HASTE Festival alongside Jeff Beck and Lulu, and providing gospel music for a special event at Westminster Cathedral.
We truly love singing at weddings! One of our favourite weddings was when the choir were asked to recreate the famous wedding scene from 'Love Actually' at an unforgettable Christmas marriage last year. At another ceremony, we sang 'God Only Knows' by the Beach Boys during the service, and led the entire wedding party on a gospel-themed procession through the streets of London.
“Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir kicked off the Urban Village Fete on Greenwich Peninsula in spectacular style. The most glorious singing on a glorious day!”
The Greenwich Urban Village Fete, London
“We can’t express enough how amazing the choir were at the wedding...the standard of the singing, the enthusiasm, the band – all better than we could ever have hoped for. The choir put a unique stamp on a wedding which is so very well suited to that style of music.”
"Soul Sanctuary were perfect for us. One of my lasting impressions of the day is approaching the church door to hear their singing. I walked down the aisle to Etta James’s ‘At Last’ – one of our favourite songs. Soul Sanctuary’s music was wonderful throughout and made the ceremony very personal to us. All our guests commented on how amazing their music was throughout the service – it helped to make the ceremony so very special.”
“Thanks for enabling us to realise our dreams for our wedding ceremony and create the atmosphere, inclusivity and celebratory spirit that wouldn’t have been possible without you.”
“My wife and I gave the party of our lives – 300 guests, full sit-down dinner, fireworks, 'A' List rock band. We hired Soul Sanctuary, with their mix of soul, disco, funk, jazz and latin, to provide an alternative to the rockers...and they ended up stealing the musical show! Their harmony singing and funky playing give a level of delight to their music which ordinary bands can’t achieve. Plus they were very professional and very easy to work with.”
Back in 2006, Soul Sanctuary did its first studio session - providing the soundtrack for BBC television drama 'Fear of Fanny'. Ever since then, we have been providing groups of singers large and small for a wide variety of recording sessions, ranging from sessions for Premier Radio to gospel backing vocals for a commercial indie artist. And the choir is currently working closely with BBC producers to provide bespoke arrangements for our upcoming recording session for Radio 2 at the legendary Maida Vale Studios.
“The score for 'Fear of Fanny'... is a wonderful jazz/salsa fusion with moments of brilliant improvisation and instinctive storytelling. The music lurches from hilarity to melancholy and yet also manages to evoke an era drenched in Dubonnet and prawn cocktails.”
Director, 'Fear of Fanny' BBC television drama programme.
Our gospel workshops – led by our experienced workshop leaders and professional musicians – are relaxed, eye-opening and very enjoyable too! They’re the perfect way to experience first-hand what it’s like to sing gospel music in a group setting. We mainly deliver workshops in churches as part of our toolkit, but we also provide sessions for community groups, schools, musical festivals, offices and in all sorts of other settings.
"It was so much fun and a real mood lifter!"
Tom, workshop participant
“When I first saw the invitation in the [church] newsletter I questioned whether or not my singing ability would be able to rise to the challenge of gospel singing.
A short time in to the workshop I started to relax and my doubts were completely put to ease...”
"Personally my confidence has really grown. [It's] so uplifting and a collective joy! Has helped alleviate many 'adult' inhibitions."
Corinna, workshop participant
"Being able to sing with such a great [gospel] guitarist was a privilege. Jamming with drums was great tonight - great that we could be spontaneous."
Interested in hiring us? Get in touch and Miko will be happy to talk through any queries or requests you have.
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